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LevelK’s ‘Dancing Queen In Hollywood’ pre-sells widely as filming starts in US, Denmark and Norway
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May 29th 2024

LevelK’s ‘Dancing Queen In Hollywood’ pre-sells widely as filming starts in US, Denmark and Norway

Production begins today on Dancing Queen In Hollywood, the sequel to Berlinale 2023 selection Dancing Queen, with LevelK securing pre-sales for multiple territories.

The family film has sold to Poland (Vivarto), Benelux (In The Air), former Yugoslavia (FIVIA) and Baltics (Estin Film).

Aurora Gosse returns to direct the sequel, which is written by Silje Holtet. Shooting will take place in Los Angeles, Copenhagen, and Hamar in Norway.

Dancing Queen In Hollywood resumes the journey of Mina and Markus, as they set out for Los Angeles after winning a dance competition. Mina must deal with the pressure of auditioning for a film, while her parents suffer a relationship crisis. Liv Elvira Kippersund Larsson and Sturla Harbitz return to lead the cast.

The €1.5m ($1.6m)-budget film is produced by The Worst Person In The Worldproducer Thomas Robsahm for Amarcord. Backers include the Norwegian Film Institute, Filminvest, Nordisk Film, Talent Norge, Wilhelmsen Stiftelse and LevelK.

LevelK is handling international sales, with Nordisk Film Distribution conducting a Nordic release in October 2025.

Dancing Queen debuted in the Generation Kplus section of last year’s Berlinale, going on to play BFI London Film Festival, Thessaloniki and Seattle among others. Read the Screen exclusive here.

Josh Whitehouse, Natalia Tena howl at UK werewolf thriller ‘The Last Moon’ for LevelK
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May 15th 2024

Josh Whitehouse, Natalia Tena howl at UK werewolf thriller ‘The Last Moon’ for LevelK

Josh Whitehouse, Natalia Tena, Simona Brown and Sienna Guillory have all joined the cast of Sean McConville’s thriller The Last Moon, with LevelK boarding world sales.

Production is scheduled for October 2024 in the UK, produced by Stephanie Joalland, Mat Braddy and McConville for their Frenzy Films.

The Last Moon takes place across one evening at a remote family home, as Max tries to trick his estranged brother Fred into shooting him to stop him transforming into a werewolf.

It has been selected for high-profile development labs including the European Genre Forum, London Production Finance Market, Frontieres, NAFF It at Bifan and Brussels Genre Film Market.

Executive producers are Nicola Pearcey for Picnik Entertainment, LevelK’s Tine Klint, Annick Mahnert, Niki Leskinen, Aleksi Bardy, JT O’Neal, Rasmus Wolff and Klaus Nyengaard.

McConville described the film as “a Hitchcockian-style thriller about the human condition, the werewolf creature is a metaphor for the protagonist’s inner human struggle.”

“Men failing to talk about their mental health issues, and consequently suffering in silence, has become endemic in our society and my goal is to make a thought-provoking genre film that will tap into the cultural conversation about the stigma of mental health,” continued the director. Read the Screen exclusive here.

SXSW-Bound Canadian Film ‘The Queen of My Dreams’ Sells to U.K. and More International Markets for LevelK
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March 7th 2024

SXSW-Bound Canadian Film ‘The Queen of My Dreams’ Sells to U.K. and More International Markets for LevelK

Ahead of its U.S. premiere at SXSW, “The Queen of My Dreams” has been sold to a flurry of international markets, including in the U.K. and Ireland to Peccadillo Pictures.

Represented globally by LevelK, the colorful drama-comedy world premiered at Toronto and had its international premiere at the BFI London Film Festival. “The Queen of My Dreams” will play at SXSW in the Festival Favorites section.

Along with Ireland and the U.K., “The Queen of My Dreams” has secured theatrical distribution deals in Eastern Europe (HBO), Indonesia (PT. Falcon) and Pakistan (Cine Entertainment). Further sales are currently being negotiated. Cineplex Pictures will give the movie a wide release across Canada starting on March 22.

The film revolves around Azra, a Pakistani woman living in Toronto who is worlds apart from her conservative Muslim mother. When her father suddenly dies on a trip home to Pakistan, Azra finds herself on a Bollywood-inspired journey through memories, both real and imagined, from her mother’s youth in Karachi to her own coming-of-age in rural Canada.

Peccadillo Pictures’ Tom Abell said, “We are in love with this beautiful film that so vividly captures two moments in time and are delighted to bring ‘The Queen of My Dreams’ to the U.K. and Ireland”.

Mirza, meanwhile, described the film as a “mother-daughter story, a celebration of the joy, power and resilience of Muslim and South Asian women.”

“It was a dream come true to shoot this film in Pakistan and Canada, and it is the realization of an even bigger dream to now have the chance to share it with audiences around the globe,” said Mirza, a Canadian-born film and TV writer, director and producer, who has been named a White House Champion of Change in Asian American Storytelling.

The Canadian film was produced by Jason Levangie (“Kids vs. Aliens”) and Marc Tetreault (“Suck It Up”) for Shut Up & Color Pictures, and Andria Wilson Mirza for Baby Daal Productions. Financial support comes from Telefilm Canada, Canada Media Fund, Province of Nova Scotia, Screen Nova Scotia, Province of Ontario and Government of Canada. Read the Variety exclusive here.

LevelK family animation ‘Mumbo Jumbo’ inks key presales including France
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March 4th 2024

LevelK family animation ‘Mumbo Jumbo’ inks key presales including France

LevelK has signed key territory deals for Danish family animation Mumbo Jumbo, from prolific Scandinavian production company A. Film Production.

The film has sold to France (Gebeka Films), Middle East (Empire Networks Ltd.), Poland (Vivarto), Benelux (Just4Kids bv), Hungary (ADS Service ltd), Estonia (Estinfilm), Greece (Rosebud.21 S.A), Former Yugoslavia (Demiurg), Bulgaria (Pro Films OOD) and CIS (Silver Box/Russian Report). Further deals are in the works.

The film, currently in pre-production, will be pitched this week at animation industry event Cartoon Movie (March 5-7). Nordisk Film will release the film in Scandinavia in 2025.

3D CGI animation Mumbo Jumbo follows an elephant who magically grows to a giant size; and must go on a dangerous journey to find the scary witch Baba Yaga, who can turn him small again.

The film is directed by Karsten Kiilerich and produced by Anders Mastrup for A. Film Production, the Scandinavian production house behind titles including Niko and the Way to the Stars, Checkered Ninja and The Incredible Story of the Giant Pear.

Backers include the Danish Film Institute, Nordisk Film & TV Fond, Den Vestdanske Filmpulje and Nordisk Film Distribution.

Mumbo Jumbo is based on Jakob Martin Strid’s children book

“When the story is presenting such a fabulous gallery of entertaining characters it’s a win-win situation,” said Kiilerich. Read the Screen Daily exclusive here.