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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.

LevelK Boards Sitges-Bound Spanish Horror Film ‘The Passenger’
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October 4th 2021

LevelK Boards Sitges-Bound Spanish Horror Film ‘The Passenger’

LevelK has boarded international sales rights to “The Passenger” (“La pasajera”), a high-concept Spanish horror film directed by Fernando Gonzalez (“Downunder”) and Raul Cerezo which will world premiere at Sitges in the Panorama Fantastic section.

Produced by Jose Luis Rancaño (“The Night My Mother Killed My Father”), “The Passenger” follows a group of strangers on a road trip who get abruptly interrupted when their van accidentally hits a female hiker in the middle of the night. They decide to take her to the hospital but soon understand that they only have to comply with a clear rule: not to sit next to her.

The film was penned by Luis Sánchez-Polack (“Prodigios,” “El paisano”), based on an original idea by Cerezo. “The Passenger” is headlined by established Spanish actors, including Ramiro Blas (“Blackwod”), Cecilia Suarez (“The House of Flowers”), Paula Gallego (“Paquita Salas”) and Christina Alcazar (“Cachorro”).

Gonzalez and Cerezo said the “film’s narrative microcosmos is a shared car: a place where friends and enemies have no alternative but to co-exist on a long journey.”

“We wanted to play with the language of cinema and suspense and make a film where something as small as a van leads to something much bigger,” said the pair, who added that they strived to create a suspenseful and suffocating atmosphere and an “adventure experienced by characters who do not know each other and who will learn to love each other when united by an unsustainable situation.” They said the challenge of shooting in a single vehicle also proved “stimulating,” creatively-speaking.

“The Passenger” shot in Spain and was lensed by Ignacio Aguilar, who previously worked with Cerezo on the horror short “8.”

The movie was financed by Gobierno de Navarra. LevelK will kick off sales on the film at Sitges. The company, which is headquartered in Denmark, handles films from many different nationalities, including “As In Heaven” by Tea Linderburg, “Hive” by Blerta Basholli, Aik Karapetian’s “Samuel’s Travels” and Jonathan Ogilvie’s “Lone Wolf.” Read the Variety exclusive here.

LevelK Boards Latvian Dark Comedy ‘Samuel’s Travels’ Ahead Of Fantastic Fest Premiere; Watch Debut Trailer
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September 20th 2021

LevelK Boards Latvian Dark Comedy ‘Samuel’s Travels’ Ahead Of Fantastic Fest Premiere; Watch Debut Trailer

EXCLUSIVE: Sales company LevelK has boarded Latvian-Belgian dark comedy "Samuel’s Travels" ahead of the film’s world premiere at this year’s Fantastic Fest.

Pic comes from director Aik Karapetian (People Out There) and producer Gints Grūbe (Chronicles Of Melanie). The film follows a foreigner who gets lost in the remotest part of Eastern Europe while searching for his biological father. When a minor road accident leads to a chance meeting with a pig-farmer’s daughter, his priorities must change if he wants to survive.

Kevin Janssens (The Ardennes) and Laura Siliņa are in the leads, with Juris Bartkevičs (Three Fold) and Aigars Vilims (Piton) in supporting roles. The film is mostly in English.

“It’s a fairytale about the false and deceptive perception of events and people we meet during our lifetime. We go through ordeals in order to understand a simple truth, that if we want to be loved we must care for each other,” commented Karapetian. Read the full Deadline exclusive here