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LevelK boards family drama from ‘Worst Person’ producer
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May 19th 2022

LevelK boards family drama from ‘Worst Person’ producer

LevelK has boarded Aurora Gossé’s Norwegian family drama Dancing Queen, produced by Thomas Robsahm, whose credits include Oscar-nominated The Worst Person In The World.

Director Aurora Gossé (Tainted, Countrymen) will start the shoot in June. The cast features Anders Baasmo Christensen (Kon Tiki), Andrea Bræin Hovig (Hope), Anne Marit Jacobsen (Beware of Children), Cengiz Al (Skam) and newcomer Liv Elvira Kippersund Larsson in the lead role of Mina.

It tells the story of a 12-year-old girl who falls in love with a famous dancer who moves to her town, and auditions for his crew - despite the fact that she cannot dance. Silje Holtet wrote the script.

Robsahm said: “With this script, Silje Holtet tells a classic, but original coming-of-age story, filled with humour and surprising turning points. Here is a main character with clear conflicts and goals, and bi-characters that we fall in love with. With Aurora Gossé as director, we will create a heartwarming and engaging film for the whole family.”

The film will be delivered in early 2023 and the Norwegian premiere is set for March 2023, via Scandinavian Film Distribution, which will handle all Nordic distribution. Read the Screen Daily exclusive here.

LevelK boards Abbe Hassan’s debut feature ’Exodus’
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May 3rd 2022

LevelK boards Abbe Hassan’s debut feature ’Exodus’

LevelK has boarded international sales for Exodus, the debut feature by Sweden’s Abbe Hassan. 

The fast-paced drama is about a professional people smuggler who tries to save a 12-year-old girl whose family has gone missing in the Syrian war.

Mattias Nohrborg and Anna-Klara Carlsten produce for B-Reel Films.

Backers include the Swedish Film Institute, SVT, DR, NRK, YLE, Film i Vast, the Nordisk Film & TV Fond and Netflix (which has Swedish SVOD rights).

Hassan, who wrote the script with Kristoffer Cras, said: “I, myself have been a displaced child so it’s hard for me not to get affected by what is happening in the world today. The arena for our story is a tragic no man’s land between Europe and Asia, between life and death.”

The cast includes Jwan Alqatami, Ashraf Barhom and Isa Aouifia.

Hassan has directed shorts and commercials and produced the 2017 feature film A Hustler’s Diary.

Nordic distributors will be TriArt Film in Sweden, Mer Film in Norway and Camera Film in Denmark; the release is being lined up for autumn 2022.

B-Reel’s credits include I Am Zlatan, Gentlemen, Hotel, Goliath, I Am Greta and X&Y. See the Screen article here.

LevelK Boards Finnish Horror Film ‘The Knocking’
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April 26th 2022

LevelK Boards Finnish Horror Film ‘The Knocking’

LevelK, the international sales and aggregation outfit, has boarded Finnish horror film “The Knocking,” the feature debut of Max Seeck and Joonas Pajunen.

“The Knocking” revolves around three adult siblings who return to their childhood home, where their parents were allegedly murdered many years ago. Their plan is to get the house and estate ready to be sold but an evil force tries to prevent them from doing so.

Seeck and Pajunen said the “inspiration for ‘The Knocking’ comes from the Finnish forests, which offer an excellent setting for psychological horror and a stage for a world that oozes rather gloomy folklore and pushes the buttons of the viewers’ subconscious.”

“Our mission with ‘The Knocking’ is to create a mood that enables waking up these fears hiding in the corners of our minds,” said the pair.

The film stars Pekka Strang (“Tom of Finland,” “Dogs Don’t Wear Pants”), Saana Koivisto (“The Serpent”) and Inka Kallen.

Max Seeck ranks as Finland’s bestselling author and previously penned six novels with rights sold to 40 countries. Pajunenn, meanwhile, has a background in producing and directing hundreds of shorts and commercial videos.

“The Knocking” is produced by Markus Selin (“Purge”) and Jukka Helle (“Grump”) for Solar Films. The film is currently in post-production and LevelK will present a promo in Cannes 2022. Nordisk Film will be distributed in the Nordics and is expected to premiere domestically in February. Read the Variety exclusive here.

Finland’s ‘Girl Picture’ travels the globe for LevelK
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March 12th 2022

Finland’s ‘Girl Picture’ travels the globe for LevelK

After launching at Sundance and Berlinale, Finnish feminist coming-of-age story Girl Picture has been a hot seller for LevelK.

The film has now closed deals to the US (Strand Releasing); Canada (Photon Films); UK & Ireland (Vertigo Releasing); Japan (Medallion Media); Germany, Austria, and Switzerland (RTL in collaboration with Salzgeber & Co); Italy (I Wonder Pictures); Spain & Portugal (FilmIn); Benelux (Cinemien); Poland (Aurora Films); Israel (TLVFest); Eastern Europe (HBO Europe); and Korea (Watcha). Other theatrical deals are in the works.

The coming-of-age drama is about Mimmi, Emma and Rönkkö, teenage girls who are navigating sex and love for the first time.

The film won the audience award in Sundance’s World Cinema Dramatic Competition and received its European premiere in Berlinale Generation. It will be the opening night film at BFI Flare on March 16.

Girl Picture is directed by Alli Haapasalo (Love And Fury), written by Daniela Hakulinen and Ilona Ahti, and produced by Leila Lyytikäinen and Elina Pohjola for Citizen Jane Productions. Backers include Finnish Film Foundation, YLE and Nordisk Film. Nordisk Film will release in Finland on April 14. Read the SCREEN exclusive here.