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LevelK boards sales on Berlinale family animation ‘Oink’
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January 17th 2022

LevelK boards sales on Berlinale family animation ‘Oink’

LevelK has boarded international sales excluding North America for the Dutch-Belgian family animation Oink, which will world premiere in Berlinale’s Generation Kplus section next month.

Dutch filmmaker Mascha Halberstad makes her feature directing debut with the stop-motion animation, having previously made shorts including Munya In Me and Fox & Hare, plus music videos for UK group The Prodigy.

The story follows a nine-year-old girl whose grandfather gives her a pig named Oink. She has to take the pig to puppy training, and also away from the local sausage-making competition.

Zurich and Dirty God producer Marleen Slot produces for Viking Film, with Dries Phlypo’s A Private View in Belgium co-producing. The animations were created at Holy Motion, the new animation studio that Slot and Halberstad opened in Arnhem, the Netherlands, in 2020.

Backers are Netherlands Filmfund & Netherlands Production Incentive, CoBO Fund, Eurimages, Flanders Audiovisual Fund, Broadcaster VPRO, Creative Europe, Casa Kafka; Belgian Taxshelter, The Jokers and Gusto Entertainment.

The Dutch theatrical release is planned for June 2022 by Gusto Entertainment.

Fiona van Heemstra wrote the script based on the book Oink’s Revenge by Tosca Menten.

“I made Oink on the basis of a live-action interpretation, giving the puppets true emotions and narrating the story in a way which makes you forget you are watching an animation film,” said Halberstad. Read the Screen exclusive here.

LevelK Boards Sundance & Berlin-Selected Coming Of Age Drama ‘Girl Picture’
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January 10th 2022

LevelK Boards Sundance & Berlin-Selected Coming Of Age Drama ‘Girl Picture’

Danish sales company LevelK has picked up rights to the Finnish coming-of-age drama Girl Picture ahead of its screenings at Sundance and Berlin.

The film is selected for Berlin’s Generation program and will also take part in Sundance’s World Cinema Dramatic Competition, becoming the first Finnish feature to be programmed in the latter.

Alli Haapasalo (Love and Fury) directs the pic, which stars Aamu Milonoff (Eden), Eleonoora Kauhanen and Linnea Leino in the main roles. The story follows three girls on the cusp of womanhood. In three consecutive Fridays two of them experience the earth moving effects of falling in love, while the third goes on a quest to find something she’s never experienced before: pleasure.

Daniela Hakulinen and Ilona Ahti wrote the screenplay. Producers are Leila Lyytikäinen (Life after Death) and Elina Pohjola for Citizen Jane Productions. The project is supported by the Finnish Film foundation, Yle and Nordisk Film.

The film will be distributed in the Nordics by Nordisk Film and is dated for April 14, with LevelK handling international sales. Read the Deadline exclusive here.

LevelK’s Dark Comedy ‘Samuel’s Travels’ Sells to North America
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November 9th 2021

LevelK’s Dark Comedy ‘Samuel’s Travels’ Sells to North America

LevelK’s dark comedy “Samuel’s Travels” has sold to Cranked Up Films for North America and the Caribbeans following its world premiere at Fantastic Fest.

Directed by Aik Karapetian (People out there, The man in the orange jacket, Firstborn), the Latvian-Belgian movie follows Sam, a foreigner who gets lost in the remotest part of Eastern Europe, on the edges of a mythical forest, while searching for his biological father Lagzdins. A minor road accident leads to a chance meeting with a pig-farmer’s daughter whose kind hospitality is a smoke screen to capturing him and making him a slave on the farm.

The movie, which shot mostly in English, stars a mix of established and up-and-coming actors, including Kevin Janssens (“The Ardennes”), Laura Siliņa, Juris Bartkevičs (“Three fold”) and Aigars Vilims (“Piton”). Cranks Up Films is planning to release “Samuel’s Travels” next Spring. It was produced by Gints Grūbe (“Chronicles of Melanie”) at Mistrus Media.

“(‘Samuel’s Travels’) hit us right in the sweet spot, and our entire team is excited and honored to be working with Aik to bring his twisted fairytale to a North American audience,” said Good Deed Entertainment & Cranked Up Films director of acquisitions, Samantha Fabin. Read the full Variety exclusive here.

LevelK swoons for Bille August’s period romance ’The Kiss’ (exclusive)
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November 1st 2021

LevelK swoons for Bille August’s period romance ’The Kiss’ (exclusive)

LevelK has boarded international sales for Bille August’s Danish drama The Kiss. 

The film is described as a “free adaptation” inspired by Stefan Zweig’s novel Beware Of Pity and relocated to Denmark.

The epic romantic drama is set in 1913 Denmark, on the eve of the First World War, about a noble young man training to be a cavalry officer. He meets a baron’s daughter, a beautiful young woman in a wheelchair following a tragic accident, and can’t figure out if his growing feelings for her are out of true love or pity.

The cast is led by Esben Smed, who also starred in August’s A Fortunate Man, and Clara Rosager (The Rain) alongside David Dencik (No Time To Die), Lars Mikkelsen (House Of Cards) and Rosalinde Mynster (A Royal Affair).

The film has just wrapped its shoot and is being readied for a summer 2022 launch.

Thomas Heinesen (A Fortunate Man, Parents) produces for Nordisk Film Production alongside Lars Sylvest (RobotsCliffhanger). Robert Croucher executive produces, and the film is also financed by Film Fyn, the Danish Film Institute, the Norwegian Film Institute, Nordisk Film & TV Fond, YouSee, Clausen Group and Hungarian tax rebates.

The crew includes cinematographer Sebastian Blenkov, production designer Jette Lehman and editors Anne Østerud and Janus Billeskov.

LevelK previously sold August’s Silent Heart (2014).

August’s credits include Oscar winner Pelle The Conqueror, Palme d’Or winner The Best Intentions, Smilla’s Sense To Snow, Goodbye Bafana, and most recently the Karen Blixen drama The Pact. Read the full exclusive Screen article here.