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LevelK boards Danish documentary feature 'Photographer Of War'
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July 4th 2019

LevelK boards Danish documentary feature 'Photographer Of War'

Copenhagen-based LevelK has acquired world sales rights to Boris B. Bertram’s Danish documentary feature Photographer Of War.

The film is about the world-renowned Danish photographer Jan Grarup, the four-time winner of the World Press Photo of The Year award, It depicts Grarup’s challenges with balancing work and family life when his ex-wife is diagnosed with cancer, and he has to take care of his three teenage children in Denmark while continuing his work in various danger zones around the world.

Bertram worked with Grarup for five years, following him to conflict zones.

”We live in a time filled with ‘fake news’, misinformation and a decreasing amount of resources for international journalism,” said the director. ‘That’s why it is important to have a film that focuses on war and conflict photographers who risk their lives in order to document the hotspots of the world.”

Produced by Katrine Sahlstrøm of Good Company Pictures, Camera Film ireleasing Photographer Of War in Denmark on September 19.

Published in Screen on July 3rd. Read the entire exclusive here.

LevelK Acquires Sales to New Zealand Drama ‘Bellbird’
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June 21st 2019

LevelK Acquires Sales to New Zealand Drama ‘Bellbird’

Scandinavian sales outfit LevelK has acquired world sales rights to New Zealand comedy-drama “Bellbird,” the feature debut of Hamish Bennett.

Produced by Orlando Stewart for Stella Maris Productions and Catherine Fitzgerald for Blueskin Films, Bellbird tells the story of a dairy farmer struggling to cope with the sudden death of his beloved wife, and the gradual bond he builds with his gentle only son and the local community. The movie, written by Bennett, is set over four seasons in a modest Northland dairy farm.

“The characters of ‘Bellbird’ were inspired by my childhood neighbours in the small rural Northland community of Tauraroa…” said Bennett whose last short, “Rose & Beth,” won prizes in New Zealand.

“You don’t see many outward displays of affection or emotion, (but) the love, the loyalty, the reliance – it can all be found in the little moments, buried under the layers of cheeky banter and cow shit,” added the director.

“Bellbird” stars Marshall Napier (“The Light Between Oceans”), Cohen Holloway (“What We Do In The Shadows”), Annie Whittle (“The Worlds Fastest Indian”) and Rachel House (“Thor: Ragnarok”).

Published in Variety on June 21th. Read the entire exclusive here.

LevelK boards first German feature ‘I Was, I Am, I Will Be’
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June 18th 2019

LevelK boards first German feature ‘I Was, I Am, I Will Be’

Copenhagen-based LevelK has acquired world sales rights for German drama I Was, I Am, I Will Be (Es Gilt Das Gesprochene Wort)which will have its world premiere at the Munich International Film Festival. 

The deal marks LevelK’s first German feature.

Ilker Çatak directs and co-writes with Nils Mohl. The story follows a Turkish gigolo who meets a German pilot on the beaches of Marmaris.

Çatak said, ”A Turkish gigolo meets a German pilot… With that premise, we instantly knew that such a relationship no longer offers more than a homeopathic dose of scandal. And yet another thing was clear as well: Fraught with cultural, social, material, philosophical and other differences, this relationship has a maximum likelihood of failure. Our conclusion was that this premise was ideal raw narrative material for a love story, here and now.”

Çatak won the Max Ophuls Prize, The First Steps Award and the Student Oscar for his graduation film Sadakat in 2014. His first feature was 2017’s Once Upon a Time… Indianerland.

Published in Screen on June 18th. Read the entire exclusive here.

LevelK boards Australian thriller ‘Lone Wolf’ with Hugo Weaving
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June 12th 2019

LevelK boards Australian thriller ‘Lone Wolf’ with Hugo Weaving

LevelK has acquired world sales rights to “Lone Wolf,” an Australian thriller starring Hugo Weaving (“The Matrix”) and Tilda Cobham-Hervey (“Hotel Mumbai”) in the run-up to Cannes.

Written and directed by Jonathan Ogilvie, “Lone Wolf” is set in contemporary Melbourne and tells the story of Winnie, a young woman who runs a struggling political bookshop with her boyfriend Conrad and takes care of her disabled brother. But Winnie’s efforts to hold everything together get thwarted when Conrad becomes entangled in an act of terrorism. “Lone Wolf” is based on Joseph Conrad’s 1907 novel “The Secret Agent.”

Ogilvie’s previous films include “The Tender Hook,” an AFI award-winning film with Rose Byrne and Weaving; as well as “This Film is a Dog” and “The Despondent Divorcee” — both of which played in competition at the Cannes Film Festival.

“‘Lone Wolf’ is an incredibly timely story on two counts,” said Ogilvie. “Firstly, the source material, ‘The Secret Agent,’ Joseph Conrad’s novel concerning Anarchism and radicalism, has a relevance to the here-and-now that is uncanny. Secondly, the cinematic form of ‘Lone Wolf,’ predicated on the surveillance image, taps into our conflicted collective concerns regarding ubiquitous surveillance in our modern lives – loss of personal privacy vs. the security of someone watching over us,” said the filmmaker.

Published in Variety on May 13th. Read the entire exclusive here.