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PRESS RELEASE: LevelK Pre-Sells The Incredible Story of the Giant Pear
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May 18th 2017

PRESS RELEASE: LevelK Pre-Sells The Incredible Story of the Giant Pear

International sales and distribution outfit LevelK has closed its first raft of deals on upcoming Danish 3D animation ‘The Incredible Story of the Giant Pear’ ahead of Marché du Film in Cannes.

 

The family film centers on the two friends, the Elephant Sebastian and the Cat Mitcho whose life peacefully passes by in the city of Solby until they one day find a message in a bottle by the harbor. The bottle is from the missing Mayor of Solby with a message that he is on The Mysterious Island and has made a great discovery. They must embark on a great journey full of peculiar hazards, dangerous pirates, ghosts and a huge underwater dragon, to help save the Mayor and bring him home; in the process they6 uncover something that will bring great pleasure to the city of Solby – a Giant Pear.

 

The film has been acquired for more than 50 countries including Hungary and Romania (ADS Service LTD), Iran (Century 21 Visual Media Company), Middle East (Empire Networks LLP), Estonia (Estin Film), France and Benelux (Ninety-Seven Film Production), Bulgaria (Pro Films), Croatia and Slovenia (Radar), Poland (Vivarto Sp.Zo.o) and Korea (Yejilim Entertainment).
Distributors will get a chance to get an update on the production process and a peak behind the curtains tomorrow morning, when director Philip Einstein Lipski present the project in two exclusive events at the Scandinavian Terrace.
This is the first collaboration between the three directors Philip Einstein Lipski, Joergen Lerdam and Amalie Naesby Fick. Previously Philip directed the Danish animation feature film ‘Ronal the Barbarian’ (2011), Joergen has directed a ton of International and Danish animated films among others: Niko & The Way To The Stars 1 and 2, Jungle Jack 1, 2 and 3, The Olsen Gang, Pettson & Findus etc. Amalie is newly graduated from the Danish Film School Amalie and having her feature debut with “The Incredible Story of the Giant Pear”.
The film is produced by Thomas Heinesen for Nordisk Film Production A/S. Animation by A Film. Domestic release: Nordisk Film, October 12th 2017

Published in ScreenDaily by Wendy Mitchell, May 18th 2017. Read the exclusive here 

PRESS RELEASE: LevelK acquires David Wenham’s Ellipsis for Digital Distribution
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May 17th 2017

PRESS RELEASE: LevelK acquires David Wenham’s Ellipsis for Digital Distribution

International sales and distribution outfit LevelK has teamed up with Arenamedia on acclaimed actor David Wenham’s (Lion, Top of the Lake, 300, Moulin Rouge, Lord of The Rings) first feature film Ellipsis in the run-up to this year’s Cannes Int. Film Festival. As a longtime preferred aggregator for both major and local VOD platforms, LevelK picked up the film for worldwide digital distribution.

 

Set in Sydney over the course of one night, Ellipsis begins with an accidental meeting between Viv (Emily Barclay; In My Father's Den) and Jasper (Benedict Samuel, The Walking Dead). The two literally bump into each other in the middle of a crowded city, leading to conversation, a coffee and a nightlong adventure. As they travel through inner city Sydney and encounter its eclectic inhabitants, they begin to reveal more of themselves and slowly grow closer.
Ellipsis is a film about the random nature of life and human interaction and a portrait of Sydney, celebrating the distinct nature and idiosyncrasies of the people that live and work there.

 

“Ellipsis was devised as an experiment. Conceived and workshopped in 3 days, shot in 7 days. The idea was propelled out of my experiences working as an actor over 30 years in film, the objective was twofold - to observe the effect on actors performance when all artifice is stripped bare and to trial a fast paced, efficient shooting regime allowing actors to instantly and organically engage in any real situation as the minimal crew captured the drama. Focusing on small moments of honest human connection, filmed largely in my lively, eclectic inner city Sydney neighbourhood and featuring real life characters interacting with the 2 main actors, Ellipsis is the result of this experiment”. - David Wenham

 

As an actor for more than 30 years David has appeared in both Australian and International films working with directors Jane Campion, Peter Jackson, Michael Mann, Paul Cox and Baz Luhrmann. He has received critical acclaim for his diverse performances in film, theatre and television and is one of Australia’s most respected actors, featuring most recently with Nicole Kidman in Lion. In 2013 David directed a chapter of the omnibus feature of Tim Winton's The Turning.

 

The film is produced by David Wenham and Liz Kearney for Arenamedia. Executive produced by Robert Connolly. Cast: Emily Barclay and Benedict Samuel. Domestic release: Cinemaplus, Fall 2017.

 

Published in ScreenDaily by Wendy Mitchell, May 17th 2017. Read the exclusive here

LevelK takes A Horrible Woman to Cannes
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May 6th 2017

LevelK takes A Horrible Woman to Cannes

by Jorn Rossing Jensen for Cineuropa

The Danish international sales boutique will bring “a true portrait of woman’s dreadful nature”, plus two other new Danish films, to the festival.

When Danish actor-turned-writer-director Christian Tafdrup launched his feature debut, Parents, last year, the mystery-drama received three Bodil and Robert Awards from the Danish Film Critics and the Danish Film Academy. The parents in his film were not ordinary, and neither are the lead characters in his sophomore feature, A Horrible Woman, which Danish international sales agent LevelK will introduce at the Film Market in Cannes ahead of its Danish premiere. It is one of three new Danish films on the firm’s slate that have still not been released domestically.

“A true portrait of woman’s dreadful nature” is the introduction to his and Mads Tafdrup’s story of Rasmus, who – when he meets Marie – is sure that, finally, here before him is the love of his life. However, it does not take long before she reveals herself to be a possessive and manipulative creature that painfully picks him apart. Anders JuulAmanda CollinRasmus Hammerich and Nicolai Jandorf play the leads in the drama about a woman's destructive insistence on dominance in the relationship, as seen through the man's eyes. Marta Mieczek and Thomas Heinesen have produced the movie for Nordisk Film Production.

Inspired by real-life events – a traffic accident in 2000, in which a young man driving a moped was killed – Danish director Mehdi Avaz’s While We Live follows four people whose fates are intertwined, with Sebastian JessenMia JexenJulie R Ølgaard and Nicolas Bro in the leads. The Sara Victoria Bjerre Pedersen, Mehdi Avaz and Milad Avaz production for Rocket Road Pictures will be premiered in Denmark on 26 October.

Born in Iran, Avaz fled to Denmark with his mother and two brothers in 1992. Originally educated at the Copenhagen Business School, he was headhunted for an investment fund, but in 2013 he decided to follow his dream of becoming a filmmaker, encouraged by his brother Milad, who lives in Los Angeles. Milad scripted and co-produced the film.

The Incredible Story of the Giant Pear, a 3D animated feature by Philip Einstein LipskiJørgen Lerdam and Amalie Næsby Fick, takes place in the otherwise peaceful city of Solby. One day at the harbour, Mitcho and Sebastian find a message in a bottle from the missing mayor: he is on Mysterious Island and has made a great discovery, but he needs help getting home. In the process, they discover something that will bring joy to the city – a giant pear. The Thomas Heinesen-Trine Heidegaard production for Nordisk will be released domestically on 12 October.

At Cannes, the Copenhagen-based sales agent with offices in Hong Kong and Sydney will also be promoting Australian director Luke Shanahan’s drama-thriller Rabbit, and German directors Johannes WeilandPaul Cichon and Michael Bohnenstingl’s 26 x 12-minute animated series Klump. LevelK will be represented at the festival by managing director Tine Klint, president of sales Derek Lui, sales trainee Debra Liang, media manager Niklas Teng and media assistant Andrea Frovin.

Finland 100 Years!
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April 7th 2017

Finland 100 Years!

This year, Finland commemorates the 100th anniversary of the country’s declaration of independence. We join the celebration highlighting some significant contributions and accomplishments from Finnish filmmakers over the years.

 

Our newest acquisition, Jussi Hiltunen’s action drama Law of the Land, takes place in a remote Finnish village in Lapland, just across the Swedish border, where the retiring policeman, Lasse, gets caught up between his biological and illegitimate sons trying to kill each other. While the village is left in a state of vengeance, Lasse must face his past mistakes. The film was presented to international buyers for the first time at this year’s EFM, and will reach cinemas and TV screens in Bosnia And Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Kosovo, Macedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic Of, Montenegro, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Albania, Moldova, Republic Of, Serbia via HBO Central Europe. As well as in Belgium, Netherlands, Luxembourg via Just Entertainment and in China through Lemon Tree. Screen Daily exclusive

 

From the directors Marko Röhr and Kim Saarniluoto the box office hit Tale of a Lake takes its audience below the surface to experience the fascinating reality of the Finnish lakes, told though tales found in the Finnish mythology. Meanwhile the predecessor Tale of a Forrest, directed by Kim Saarniluoto and Ville Suhonen bring its audience on a beautiful tour in the unique Finnish forests and their colorful and diverse wildlife. Both films received the IFMCA Award for Best Original Score and have reached audiences all over the world from Italy, Greece and United Kingdom to Hong Kong, Australia, Canada and United States.

 

Other noteworthy Finnish films from our catalogue; Body Fat Index of Love, The Good Son, The Beginning of the End has also reached audiences from all over the world.
So congratulations on the 100-year mark Finland. We look forward to many more amazing films in the future.

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