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Ben Hackworth’s new drama scores Danish sales agent
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August 10th 2018

Ben Hackworth’s new drama scores Danish sales agent

Multi award-winning production company Unicorn films team up with International sales and distribution outfit LevelK for director Ben Hackworth’s second feature film CELESTE, a cinematic tale of desire and redemption.

 

Headlining a seasoned Australian film crew, the film stars Radha Mitchell (Looking For Grace, Melinda and Melinda), Odessa Young (Assassination Nation, The Daughter), Thomas Cocquerel (Table 19, Billionaire Boys Club), and Nadine Garner (Metal Skin, The Book of Revelation).

Having a strong festival run behind him with several of his films screening at prestigious international film festivals, director Ben Hackworth is ready with his second feature film.

"The idea for Celeste came to me when I discovered an extraordinary architectural folly in the middle of a jungle in tropical North Queensland. The structures and walkways were labyrinthine and dreamlike, reminding me of the passages of the human mind, which the film mimics in its story of a young man as he seeks forgiveness”, said Ben Hackworth.

Set in the in the lush, verdant rainforest of Northern Queensland, the film follows Celeste (Radha Mitchell), a celebrated opera diva who retired early from the stage. Now, 10 years after the tragic death of her husband, Celeste prepares for one final performance. Her husband's son Jack (Tom Cocquerel), still haunted by the past, arrives amidst the preparations for the performance and finds Celeste is as he remembered - beautiful, intoxicating and dangerous. But unbeknownst to Jack, Celeste will ask him to perform one last request.

Hackworth continued, “The intensity of the landscape and sheer romance of the dilapidated setting with its dark recesses and mossy facades, also mirrors our heroine Celeste's belief in true love despite her shattered dreams. The characters and their story world is drawn from my own life growing up in an extended artistic family in Queensland.”

Hackworth’s first feature film Corroboree celebrated its international premiere at Toronto International Film Festival in 2007 and screened at Berlin Film Festival the following year in the Forum Category. The film was also included as part of the Official Selection for Melbourne and Sydney Film Festival. His short film Martin Four was selected for Cinefoundation at the Cannes Film Festival in 2001.

Celeste will celebrate its World Premiere at Melbourne International Film Festival in August.

Lizzette Atkins of Unicorn Films (Looking for Grace) developed the film and is producing alongside Raphael Cocks. The screenplay is written by Ben Hackworth and the late renowned Australian actor, Bille Brown.

The film is financed by Screen Queensland, the Producer Offset and a group of private investors.

Published in Screen on August 10th, 2018. Read the exclusive here

LevelK brings new Ukrainian sci-fi family film to TIFF Industry
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August 8th 2018

LevelK brings new Ukrainian sci-fi family film to TIFF Industry

New Ukrainian sci-fi family film THE BOBOT by first time feature director Max Ksjonda is ready to take on the market at Toronto Film Festival with international sales and distribution outfit LevelK handling world sales rights.

 

TIFF is closing in and LevelK is announcing the first film on their line-up to be The Bobot.

The imaginative and exciting sci-fi family film follows 12-year-old dreamer Vlad, who likes telling fantastic stories about his courage to his summer camp friends. One day his bravery is put to the test as he accidentally gets caught in a conflict between two alien forces. Together with an electric transformer box called The Bobot, a brave girl, and an eccentric scientist he has to save the world from a global catastrophe.

Director Max Ksjonda is a highly experienced Ukrainian director. His award-wining short film THE WAY (2012) was selected for more than 30 festivals worldwide, including the Slamdance, Les Arcs, Cottbus and Odessa Film Festivals as well as the renowned short film festivals in Clermont-Ferrand, San Francisco, Interfilm Berlin and Hamburg.

Ksjonda says, “For me THE BOBOT is a really special sci-fi family film that does not show life in rigid black and white terms, but embraces its complexity. Moreover, the film is not solely about saving the planet, but more about the peculiar emotions children experience, when they discover the world around them, as they are reaching adolescence.”

The film is produced by Oleksii Moskalenko for mental dRive studio, written by Ivan Timshin and financed by Ukrainian State Film Agency and mental dRive studio. Cast includes Viktor Grigoriev, Ivanna Borodai, Igor Miroshnychenko, Volodymyr Rashuk, Taras Shevchenko, and Arsen Shavlyuk.

Local premiere is 30th of August by Ukrainian Film Distribution (UFD).

Published in Screen on August 6th, 2018. Read the exclusive here

Swedish dance drama swings into the world
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August 8th 2018

Swedish dance drama swings into the world

New feel good Swedish dance drama FEEL THE BEAT that is taking on swing from the thirties is ready for worldwide release with international sales and distribution outfit LevelK.

 

Let’s swing!! Back in the twenties, the first dancers named it Lindy Hop – a dance combining elements of both partnered and solo dancing by using the movements and improvisation of African-American dances along the formal eight-count structure of European partner dance. Now the dance is more commonly known as being part of the swing family and mostly seen in small communities, especially in Sweden.

Feel the beat takes you on a journey of fun, dance, and music in the intriguing story about Adam, who decides to learn how to dance after his wife gets in a tragic car accident to reconnect with her while she is in a coma. Adam joins the Lindy Hop dance community, but soon finds out that his wife has been cheating on him all along.

I have based the characters on Jung's archetypes and each character has a symbolic meaning. Adam's life chafe. A life seen through a grayscale. The Dance Scene becomes a contrast. It is styled with strong red colors and sense of magic light. As in a contemporary saga. Dream sequences full of dancing are created with a particular lust, that leads the minds to movies from the 1930s and 1940s, the time when Lindy Hop and other swing forms were created.– Rikard Svensson

Cast includes Rikard Svensson, Anna Sise, Hilderun Gorpe, and Magnus Krepper.

Local premiere is July 26th 2018 by TriArt.

The film is directed by first-time feature film director Rikard Svensson and produced by Rikard Svensson and Annette Stavenow Eriksson for Golden Road Pictures.

The film is financed by Storytel, StoneGate Productions, Dan Nilssons Skogsentreprenad, Joseph Lahyani, Thorbjörn Sallén, John Agerholm and J.A.M Holding, Filmpool Nord, Region Gävleborg and private funding.

The Falcons featuring Icelandic football stars is set for digital release
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August 8th 2018

The Falcons featuring Icelandic football stars is set for digital release

The family football feature film The Falcons has been released for online streaming in several countries in relation to the World Cup and Iceland’s participation.

 

The football theme isn’t the only thing connecting the film to the World Cup. Iceland’s goalkeeper Hannes Thor Halldórsson that saved the penalty kick from Lionel Messi in the weekend edited the trailer for The Falcons and was set to direct the film, until his schedule changed when he was offered a spot on the national football team.

The film is digitally released in the UK, US, Ireland, Canada, and New Zealand and is available on streaming sites as iTunes and Google Play.

Other football stars casted for the film includes the captain of the Icelandic National team Aron Einar Gunnarsson, Hermann Hreidarsson a former player of the national team, and Margrét Lára Vidarsdóttir, who is Iceland’s all-time top scorer in the women’s national team.

Recently, the film has been acquired for Germany (Studio Hamburg), China (Jushi Films), and Poland (Vivarto). Locally, The Falcons is already a hit, attracting over 10% of the nation’s population in box office.

The film follows Jón (10) and his teammates as they travel to Westman Islands, a large island off the south coast of Iceland, to take part in a large football tournament held every summer.
The tournament plays a fundamental part in the early development of Icelandic football players, and most of the Icelandic national team players have participated on the Westman Islands at a young age.

The Falcons is produced by Anna Vigdís Gísladóttir and Thorhallur Gunnarsson for Sagafilm and directed by Bragi Thor Hinriksson. Backers include RUV, the Icelandic Film Centre, Iceland’s Ministry of Industries and Innovation, and Creative Europe.

Published in Screen on June 22nd, 2018. Read the exclusive here