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Estonia’s Oscar Entry ‘Kalev,’ a Political Sports Drama Set Against Backdrop of Soviet Union’s Collapse, Boarded by LevelK
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November 15th 2022

Estonia’s Oscar Entry ‘Kalev,’ a Political Sports Drama Set Against Backdrop of Soviet Union’s Collapse, Boarded by LevelK

LevelK has boarded “Kalev”, Ove Musting’s political sports drama which represents Estonia in the Oscar race. The banner is international sales on the film.

“Kalev,” which will kick off the Baltic section at Tallinn Black Nights, had its local release in Estonia on Sept. 22. and has so far sold 105,000 tickets.

Inspired by a true story, the film is set during the summer of 1990. The Soviet Union is on the verge of collapsing and Baltic nations are struggling to regain independence. Against this political upheaval, the Soviet Union's basketball championship is about to begin. The Estonian team, named Kalev, has to make a difficult decision as it faces calls to withdraw from the high profile sports event.

“Kalev” boasts a strong ensemble cast including Mait Malmsten (“Your Honor!”), Priit Võigemast (“Dawn of War”), Reimo Sagor(“Take It or Leave It”) and Mihkel Kuusk(“Maria’s Paradise”).

The film marks the feature debut of Musting and is inspired by events he witnessed while growing up in Estonia.

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LevelK boards Paprika Steen’s ‘Fathers & Mothers’
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November 1st 2022

LevelK boards Paprika Steen’s ‘Fathers & Mothers’

LevelK has boarded international sales for Fathers & Mothers, a Danish comedy from Paprika Steen.

An acclaimed actress best known for films including The Celebration and Applause, Steen has previously directed three features: That Time Of Year, With Your Permission and Aftermath.

Jacob Weis wrote the original script, which is about a married couple who have to navigate hierarchy, rivalry and hidden agendas at their daughter’s new school, including during a popular school camping trip.

The ensemble cast includes Jacob Hauberg Lohmann (Shorta), Nikolaj Lie Kaas (Riders of Justice), Amanda Collin (Raised by Wolves), Martin Greis-Rosenthal (Another Round) and Line Kruse (Cry Wolf).

Tomas Radoor (A War) produces for Nordisk Film Production. Nordisk Film Distribution will release in Denmark on Thursday (November 3).

Steen said, “I hope the film will be funny, moving, dynamic, and painfully honest, and in the end reflect us as humans and what in the end is most important: love and forgiveness with a bittersweet twist.”

Backers are the Danish Film Institute, Nordisk Film Distribution, Nordisk Film & TV Fond, TV 2 Denmark and Birgit Aaby. Read the full Screen Daily exclusive here.

LevelK Boards Helena Stefánsdóttir Magneudóttir’s Thriller ‘Natatorium’
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September 23rd 2022

LevelK Boards Helena Stefánsdóttir Magneudóttir’s Thriller ‘Natatorium’

LevelK has boarded Icelandic thriller “Natatorium,” directed by Helena Stefánsdóttir Magneudóttir. The film started shooting on Sept. 14, and is expected to bow locally next year.

Produced by Sunna Gudnadóttir for Bjarstýn Films, marking the company’s first feature film, it’s financed with the support from the Icelandic Film Center and the Finnish Film Foundation. Scanbox, Sena and RUV YLE are behind the project as well.

“I am mostly interested in working on films with female directors and/or scriptwriters, [projects] with high artistic integrity and universal appeal,” says Gudnadóttir, who previously worked on “A White, White Day,” and Iceland’s Oscar submission “Beautiful Beings.” She adds that “Natatorium” has three complex female leads, and 60% of the crew is female as well.

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Finnish Horror ‘The Knocking’ Sells Wide for LevelK
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September 23rd 2022

Finnish Horror ‘The Knocking’ Sells Wide for LevelK

LevelK continues to terrify international distributors with Finnish horror “The Knocking,” directed by Max Seeck and Joonas Pajunen.

The film has now been sold to over 70 countries, Variety has learned, with the company sealing further deals in Germany, Austria and Switzerland (Alamode Film), Latin America (Gussi), CIS (Capella Film), France (KMBO), Indonesia (PT. Falcon) and Taiwan (AV-Jet International Media).

“We have been looking at many Nordic projects, especially the Finnish ones. We definitely see a shift in not just more genre projects emerging, but also in the subjects and the creativity,” says CEO Tine Klint.

 

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