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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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LevelK takes on ‘Kaymak’ from Golden Lion winner Milcho Manchevski
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September 23rd 2022

LevelK takes on ‘Kaymak’ from Golden Lion winner Milcho Manchevski

LevelK has boarded international sales for the Macedonian-set drama Kaymak by Milcho Manchevski, best known for his 1994 Venice Golden Lion winner Before The Rain.

Kaymak will world premiere in competition in Tokyo.

The ensemble cast includes Sara Klimoska (WillowYou Won’t Be Alone), Kamka Tocinovski (Punk’s Not Dead, Angels Fallen), Aleksandar Mikic (Secret Ingredient), Ana Stojanovska (Mothers), Simona Spirovska and Filip Trajkovikj.

The “irreverent, unconventional and poignant love story” is about two different sets of neighbours in Macedonia: a young rich couple who have to welcome a distant relative in their home; and the middle-aged neighbours in a crumbling house who feel left behind.

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LevelK Boards Venice Gap-Financing Market Project ‘Cold’
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September 5th 2022

LevelK Boards Venice Gap-Financing Market Project ‘Cold’

LevelK has boarded Icelandic crime drama “Cold,” directed by Erlingur Óttar Thoroddsen and based on the bestselling book “The Undesired” (“Kuldi”) by Yrsa Sigurdardóttir. Still in production, it was recently pitched at Venice Gap-Financing Market.

The story centers on Óðinn, living alone with his daughter Rún. As he investigates decades-old deaths at a juvenile treatment center, he begins to suspect that the sinister secrets are connected to his ex-wife’s mysterious suicide. As well as his daughter’s strange behavior.

“Erlingur is an established, talented director who respects the audiences and finds it fascinating to thrill them,” says LevelK’s CEO Tine Klint.

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