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LevelK nabs new Danish thriller starring Sidse Babett Knudsen
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May 9th 2018

LevelK nabs new Danish thriller starring Sidse Babett Knudsen

International sales and distribution outfit LevelK picks up world sales rights for new thrilling feature film “The Exception” by Jesper W. Nielsen and adapted by Christian Torpe.

Starring Sidse Babett Knudsen (Westworld, Inferno), Danica Curcic (The Mist, Silent Heart), Amanda Collin (A horrible Woman), and Lene Maria Christensen (Terribly Happy, The Legacy), The Exception is a nerve-wracking thriller about the nature of evil, and how paranoia and obsessions can drive ordinary people to commit unspeakable acts.

The film is based on a novel by Danish author Christian Jungersen from 2004, which sold more than 200.000 copies in Denmark and has been released in 20 countries worldwide. Shooting is scheduled for August 27th 2018 with an expected local theatrical release by fall 2019. LevelK will pre-sell the film at Cannes Film Market 2018.

“I am very excited about working with such strong and talented actresses in a story about human beings and the darkest corners of their minds. Together, we will enter a fascinating universe of women consisting of extremely interesting and complex characters that not only lie to each other but to themselves. An unfortunate mixture that allows evil to rein” – director Jesper W. Nielsen

Marcella Dicmann, Mille Bjørke and Miriam Nørgaard produce the film for Fridthjof Film with Ronnie Fridhjof as executive producer. The film is financed by The Danish Film Institute, DR, West Danish Film Fund, Creative Europe Media, and Nordisk Film & TV Fond.

Published in Screen on May 9th, 2018. Read the exclusive here

LevelK boards first Stan Original feature The Second
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April 23rd 2018

LevelK boards first Stan Original feature The Second

International sales and distribution outfit LevelK has acquired world sales rights for the first Stan Original feature by first time feature director Mairi Cameron’s psycho-sexual thriller, ”The Second”.

Starring Rachel Blake (Lantana & Sleeping Beauty), Susie Porter (Don’t Tell, Hounds of Love, & Summer Coda), and Vince Colosimo (Chopper & Lantana), the film follows a successful author riding high on the international acclaim of her first book, a sexually explicit autobiography. But her success of the following book is threatened when her best friend and muse reveals the dark secret behind the memoir’s provenance.

The Second opened the Gold Coast Film Festival on April 17th 2018 and is the first project developed and produced under Screen Queensland Originals program in partnership with the streaming service Stan. The film will have its theatrical release later this year by Mind Blowing World.

LevelK will bring the film to Cannes market.

Mairi Cameron’s first short Milk was selected for official competition at Cannes, won prizes at Palm Springs and Bilbao and was pre-selected for an Academy Award.

The film is produced by Leanne Tonkes with writer and producer Stephen Lance for Sense and Centsability and Dust Bunny Productions. Screen Queensland, Mind Blowing World, and The Post Lounge financed the film along with the filmmakers.

Published in Variety on April 23rd, 2018. Read the exclusive here

LevelK joins the SXSW success Heavy Trip
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April 19th 2018

LevelK joins the SXSW success Heavy Trip

International sales and distribution outfit LevelK has picked up world sales rights for a new Making Movies Oy comedy Heavy Trip ahead of Cannes Film Festival.

Set in a small town in Northern Finland, Turo, the lead singer of an unknown heavy metal band ’Impaled Rektum’, is forced to overcome his fears and lead the band to the hottest metal festival of Norway. To play their very first gig, they begin a journey full of heavy metal, grave robbing, viking heaven and an armed conflict between Finland and Norway.

“Heavy Trip has a true potential to become a cult film. No-one has never seen a film like this… and still it is a very good comedy”, says the producer Kai Nordberg.

”Guys like the band in Heavy Trip deserve their story to be told. These small town guys with a huge passion for a music genre, that most people wouldn’t consider no more than a broken heavy machinery, is nothing short of inspirational”, - directors Jukka Vidgren and Juuso Laatio.

LevelK will present Heavy Trip in Cannes along with market screenings.

The film is produced by Kai Nordberg & Kaarle Aho for Making Movies Ltd with a budget of € 3,1 million, financed by Finnish Film Foundation, YLE & Film Camp. Scanbox Entertainment released the film locally on March 9th 2018. Cast includes Johannes Holopainen, Minka Kuustonen & Ville Tiihonen.

Published in Screen Daily on April 19th, 2018. Read the exclusive here

LevelK acquire family action title Hacker
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March 19th 2018

LevelK acquire family action title Hacker

International sales and distribution outfit LevelK has teamed up with Toolbox Film on world sales rights for feature debut family action film “Hacker” by Emmy nominated director Poul Berg.

 

The film centers around 13-year-old gifted hacker Benjamin who discovers that his mother didn’t die in an accident years earlier, as he was led to believe. The trail points to high-ranking officials in the Danish Secret Service, and along with his new friend Savannah he sets out on a nerve-racking hunt to chase down the truth about his mother’s disappearance … and is she in fact deceased?!”

Local release is set for March 28th 2019 by Scanbox Entertainment.

Feature debut director Poul Berg is an award winning tv-director and his previous work include “Ride Upon the Storm” (2017) and Emmy nominated youth series “Limbo”(2011-2014). The script has been developed in corporation with writer Kalle Bjerkø, Emmy nominee 2012 for “Boxhead.”

The film is produced by Signe Leick Jensen and Morten Kaufmann for Toolbox Film in co-production with Cinenic Film and is supported by The Danish Film Institute, DR TV, The Swedish Film Institute, SVT, Scanbox Entertainment, LevelK and backed by the Creative Europe Programme – MEDIA of the European Union.

Published in Screen Daily on March 19th, 2018. Read the exclusive here