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TrustNordisk Scores Sales for Harald Zwart’s ‘The 12th Man’ (Exclusive)

TrustNordisk has scored sales for Harald Zwart’s “The 12th Man,” a WWII-set drama starring Thomas Gullestad and Jonathan Rhys Meyers.

The movie tells the true story of Norwegian resistance hero Jan Baalsrud, who was trained by the British to fight the Nazis. It has been a commercial and critical success in Norway, where it was released Dec. 25, 2017, and has sold more than 600,000 tickets.

TrustNordisk has closed deals for the film for Latin America (California Filmes, Global Media Distribution) and Spain (Twelve Oaks Pictures).

It previously sold to film to Germany and all German-speaking territories (Constantin Film), North America (IFC Films), China (Hgc Entertainment), Korea (Atnine Film), the Baltics (Estin Film), the former Yugoslavia (Cinemania Groupicon), Turkey (Sinema TV), the Czech Republic and Slovakia (Cinemart) and Italy (Videa Cde).

The movie marks Zwart’s comeback to Norwegian filmmaking after directing “The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones” and “The Karate Kid.”

“The 12th Man
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Slower Box Office Film Year Across the Nordics, Checked by Few Domestic Hits

Slower Box Office Film Year Across the Nordics, Checked by Few Domestic Hits
Last year, Finland’s “The Unknown Soldier,” Sweden’s “Solsidan,” and the Icelandic duo of “I Remember You” and “Under the Tree” boosted their domestic territories’ hauls, unlike in Denmark and Norway where the lack of local and U.S. blockbusters sparked lacklustre end-of-year results. A drill-down on results:

Finland

2017 will go down as the year of Aku Louhimies’ war film “The Unknown Soldier.” Produced to coincide with the country’s celebration of the centenary of its independence, the Finnish film pulled in more than 10% of the total admissions, despite a late October release. The drama, based on Väino Linna’s literary gem, grossed €13.1 million ($16.2 million), nearly three times the results of the No. 2 title, Disney’s “Star Wars: The Last Jedi”.

According to preliminary estimates from the Finnish Film Foundation, “The Unknown Soldier” largely contributed to the 9 million general admissions (up 3.4% from 2016), a level not seen since 1983. Film revenues also peaked at €100 million ($124 million), up 9% vs
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Goteborg works in progress line-up includes Sonja Henie biopic

17 projects selected for festival showcase.

A strong crop of works in progress projects are set to be presented at Goteborg’s Nordic Film Market, which runs Feb 1-4.

Source: Maipo Film

Queen Of Ice

The selection includes new films from Benedikt Erlingsson (Of Horses and Men), Michael Noer (R), and Anne Sewitsky (Happy Happy).

Presentations of clips by the directors/producers will be made to the industry attendees in Goteborg.

Erlingsson will present his new film Woman At War, an “arthouse action film” about an Icelandic woman on an environmental mission. Noer will discuss his new Danish period drama A Better Life starring Jesper Christensen as an 1850s farmer. Sewitsky will unveil footage of her Sonja Henie biopic Queen Of Ice.

The 17 projects are:

Swoon, dir Mans Marlind and Björn Stein, prod Kristina Aberg (Swe) Bergman, dir Jane Magnusson, prods Mattias Nohrborg, Fredrik Heinig, Cecilia Nessen (Swe) Happy People, dir Samanou Acheche Sahlstrøm, prod Jakob Høgel (Den
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Edwards Pt 2: The Pink Panther Sequels and Famous Silent Film Era Step-grandfather Director

'The Pink Panther' with Peter Sellers: Blake Edwards' 1963 comedy hit and its many sequels revolve around one of the most iconic film characters of the 20th century: clueless, thick-accented Inspector Clouseau – in some quarters surely deemed politically incorrect, or 'insensitive,' despite the lack of brown face make-up à la Sellers' clueless Indian guest in Edwards' 'The Party.' 'The Pink Panther' movies [1] There were a total of eight big-screen Pink Panther movies co-written and directed by Blake Edwards, most of them starring Peter Sellers – even after his death in 1980. Edwards was also one of the producers of every (direct) Pink Panther sequel, from A Shot in the Dark to Curse of the Pink Panther. Despite its iconic lead character, the last three movies in the Pink Panther franchise were box office bombs. Two of these, The Trail of the Pink Panther and Curse of the Pink Panther, were co-written by Edwards' son,
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Cannes: Harald Zwart on Fulfilling a Childhood Dream With 'The 12th Man'

Cannes: Harald Zwart on Fulfilling a Childhood Dream With 'The 12th Man'
With films like The Karate Kid and The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, Norwegian director Harald Zwart has established himself in Hollywood as a go-to-guy for mainstream genre titles.

But the 51-year-old filmmaker regularly returns to his native Scandinavia for a local-language project, including, in 2006 and 2008, the first two installments in soccer comedy franchise Long Flat Balls.

Zwart is back in Europe for his latest, The 12th Man, but the drama, marks a major departure for the director. His first period picture, the movie is also Zwart's first true-life drama: the story of Norwegian resistance hero Jan Baalsrud...
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Nordisk at 110: Scandinavian Giant Looks to Its Past for Future Success

“Storytelling, entrepreneurship and adaptation to changing industry environment have always been part of the DNA of Nordisk Film. That — together with owners like Egmont that have a long-term view on the film business — are some of the components for the long-term success,” says CEO Allan Mathson Hansen, of Denmark’s Nordisk Film. This year the country’s leading film company celebrates its 110th anniversary on top of Nordic production and distribution.

When Hansen took over as CEO in 2008, he launched a restructuring of the company.

”We sold parts of our TV format and our music businesses,” he says. “It was all about getting back to the profitable core of the company and then develop from there. Today Nordisk Film is standing on four pillars: we produce and distribute content, we run leading cinema chains, we distribute Sony’s PlayStation, and we have ventured into a range of new adjacent businesses,
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Studiocanal, Japan’s Gaga Acquire Fenar Ahmad’s ‘Darkland’

Paris– After unveiling a promo at the Afm, TrustNordisk has pre-sold Fenar Ahmad’s sophomore film ‘Darkland’ to two major distributors: Studiocanal in the U.K. and Gaga in Japan.

TrustNordisk also pre-sold the film to China (Dd Dream) and Turkey (Euromedia) during Afm. Other deals are in negotiations.

“Darkland” stars Dar Salim (“Exodus,” “Game of Thrones”) as Zaid, a successful surgeon who has it all and sets off to avenge the murder of his brother and bring down all the criminal gangs in Copenhagen. But Zaid’s persistent battle results in serious consequences for himself and his family, including his pregnant girlfriend.

Salim stars opposite Stine Fischer Christensen (“After the Wedding”), Roland Møller (“Land of Mine”), and Dulfi Al-Jabouri (“A War”).

“Darkland” is produced by Jacob Jarek for Profile Pictures, the outfit behind Jens Dahl’s upcoming thriller “3 Things” and Ali Abbasi’s “Shelley.” The movie is backed by the Danish Film Institute,
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Helmer Zwart Treks to Norway’s Arctic Circle for ’12th Man’ Shoot

Helmer Zwart Treks to Norway’s Arctic Circle for ’12th Man’ Shoot
Director Harald Zwart, who last made a feature in the country eight years ago, has returned to Norway with “The 12th Man,”which has begun its local shoot for producer Aage Aaberge and Nordisk Film Production.

Co-produced by Norway’s Motion Blur (co-owned by Zwart), the $6.8 million tells the story of Norwegian war hero Jan Baalsrud, who was one of 12 Norwegian resistance fighters crossing the North Sea on a fishing boat, to blow up the Bardufoss Airport in March 1943, during the Nazi occupation. Their boat is discovered, and the saboteurs blow it up, trying to escape in a smaller boat. But 11 of them are captured, and killed by the enemy; only 25-year-old Baalsrud manages to escape, and after hiding in a snow cave on the fjell for two months, he is able to cross the border to neutral Sweden.

Zwart started shooting north of the Arctic Circle in April, starting with the ending.
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'Rams' producers plant Sigurdsson’s 'Tree'

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'Rams' producers plant Sigurdsson’s 'Tree'
Exclusive: New Europe Film Sales will sell the Iceland-Denmark-Poland co-production.

Iceland’s Netop Films, Denmark’s Profile Pictures and Poland’s Madants, a trio who previously collaborated on Icelandic hit Rams, are reuniting to co-produce Under The Tree, the new film from Hafsteinn Gunnar Sigurdsson, whose credits include Paris Of the North and Either Way.

The film starts shooting in Iceland on July 19 for six weeks.

The Nordisk TV & Film Fond has now confirmed backing of $156,400 (Nok 1.3m) for the $2.2m (€2m) budget. Other backers are The Icelandic Film Centre, Danish Film Institute and Polish Film Institute.

Under The Tree has been pre-sold to Sena for Icelandic distribution and to Ruv for free TV in Iceland. Scanbox has acquired Scandinavian rights. New Europe Film Sales, which also teamed with Netop on Icelandic hit Rams, will handle international sales.

“Grimar [Netop Films producer Grimar Jónsson] and I had an amazing journey with Rams, so when he approached me with a new project it was
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Jonathan Rhys Meyers set for WWII drama The 12th Man

Jonathan Rhys Meyers (The Tudors) has signed on to star in the World War II drama The 12th Man, The Hollywood Reporter has revealed.

The 12th Man tells “the story of Jan Baalsrud, a Norwegian resistance fighter, one of a dozen saboteurs trained by British intelligence to carry out a raid on an air traffic control tower in the Norwegian city of Bardufoss in 1943. The raid failed, and 11 of the 12 resistance fighters were captured and killed. Only Baalsrud escaped and survived.”

The film is being directed by Harald Zwart (The Karate Kid) from a script by Petter Skavlan (Kon-Tiki) and will see Meyers as German commander Kurt Stage.
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Jonathan Rhys Meyers to Star In WWII Drama ‘The 12th Man’ (Exclusive)

Jonathan Rhys Meyers to Star In WWII Drama ‘The 12th Man’ (Exclusive)
Cannes — Jonathan Rhys Meyers has joined the cast of Harald Zwart’s “The 12th Man,” a WWII-set drama telling the true story of Norwegian resistance hero Jan Baalsrud.

Sold by TrustNordisk and scripted by Petter Skavlan (“Kon-Tiki”), “The 12th Man” chronicles the journey of Baalsrud, who was the only one out of 12 resistance fighters, to escape the Germans following a failed raid at Bardufoss in 1943.

“This has been a shared passion project of Harald and Veslemoey and I am honored to be taking part in this great Norwegian adventure,” said Rhys Meyers.

Rhys Meyers (“The Tudors,” “Roots”), will star as the German lead Kurt Stage. Nordisk Film led-produced the film with Zwart Arbeid.

Deal was negotiated on behalf of Nordisk and Zwart Arbeid by producer Veslemoey Ruud Zwart.
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TrustNordisk Enlists Harald Zwart’s ‘The 12th Man’ (Exclusive)

TrustNordisk Enlists Harald Zwart’s ‘The 12th Man’ (Exclusive)
TrustNordisk has come on board helmer Harald Zwart’s “The 12th Man,” a WWII-set drama telling the true story of Norwegian resistance hero Jan Baalsrud, who was trained by the British to fight the Nazis.

Scripted by Petter Skavlan (“Kon-Tiki”), “The 12th Man” is set in northern Norway and chronicles the journey of Baalsrud, who was the only one out of 12 resistance fighters, to escape the Germans following a failed raid at Bardufoss in 1943. The movie centers around Baalsrud’s relationship with his Norwegian countrymen, who helped him survive in the wilderness and reach neutral Sweden while being tracked down by the Gestapo.

Zwart said he and his wife, who is producing this film, bought the rights to the book 15 years ago. “This story is a natural treasure for Norway. It’s a great survival story; it sheds light on all the people who helped Baalsrud. They were the people in the country,
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Common, Xu Qing Join Ethan Hawke’s ’24 Hours to Live’

Common, Xu Qing Join Ethan Hawke’s ’24 Hours to Live’
Actor-musician, Common and Chinese actress Xu Qing have joined Ethan Hawke in the cast of thriller “24 Hours to Live.” To be directed by Brian Smrz, the film starts production in South Africa next month.

The announcement was made by China’s Fundamental Films, which is fully financing the movie and has distribution rights in China, and by Basil Iwanyk’s production company Thunder Road Pictures.

Common, who recently won an original song Academy Award with John Legend for “Selma,” has had film roles including “Run All Night” and “Wanted.” Xu (aka Summer Xu) started her film career in Chen Kaige’s “Life on a String” and was recently seen in “Looper” and hit comedy drama “Mr Six.”

Scripted by Zachary Dean and based on an original story from Ron Mita and Jim McClain, “24 Hours to Live” follows a career assassin who is given a chance at redemption after his employer
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Harald Zwart finds '12th Man'

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Harald Zwart finds '12th Man'
The Dutch director will helm the $7.7m World War II epic.

Harald Zwart, director of The Mortal Instruments, will return to Norway to direct 12th Man (Den 12. Mann), a $7.7m World War II epic.

The film tells the true story of Norwegian hero Jan Baalsrud’s legendary escape from Nazi-Germany’s occupation forces; 12 resistance fighters crossed the North Sea to fight them, but he was the only one who found the way back.

Zwart’s last film in Norway was Long Flat Balls II eight years ago.

Aage Aaberge produces for Nordisk Film Production. The film has received $1.8m from the Norwegian Film Institute in its latest funding decisions.

The Nfi is also granting $724,000 each to Margret Bergheim’s Trio - The Hunt For St. Olavs Shrine, which is an action spinoff from an Nrk TV series produced by Nordic Stories; and Arne Lindtner Næss’s Casper And Emma Go Hiking, the fifth installment
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Berlin: Luna, Bichir Topline Canana’s ‘Black Minutes’ (Exclusive)

Berlin: Luna, Bichir Topline Canana’s ‘Black Minutes’ (Exclusive)
Academy Award-nominated Demian Bichir (“A Better Life”), Diego Luna (“Y Tu Mamá También”) and Sofia Espinosa (“Gloria”) will star in “The Black Minutes,” one of two new and high-profile titles brought onto Berlin’s market by Im Global/Canana’s joint sales venture Mundial.

Mexico/L.A.-based, and headed by Luna, Gael Garcia Bernal and Pablo Cruz, Canana also produces “The Black Minutes,” which weighs in as one of the big new players for the U.S. Latino audience, Mexico and beyond.

Mundial will also sell 2016 Sundance-selected “Mr. Pig,” directed by Luna, and starring Danny Glover.

A modern-day film noir and tale of crime, corruption and cover-ups that brings a 20-year-old cold case crashing into the present day, “The Black Minutes” turns on a world weary cop and serial killer confronting past crimes that have tied them together for many years.

Adapting the same-titled novel by Martin Solares, “The
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Harald Zwart to direct Keanu Reeves in action film Rally Car

Karate Kid director Harald Zwart has signed on to direct the upcoming action film Rally Car from Chinese production companies Fundamental Films and Company Films.

The project has been written by Jeremy Lott (Spy Kids) and will star Keanu Reeves (John Wick) as “a hot shot former champion Nascar driver who doesn’t want to believe his glory days are behind him. When his professional and personal life begin to spiral out of control, he’s forced to take part in a high stakes international rally race across the face of China, with a young Chinese girl as his co-driver, in order to prove he’s still the accomplished racer he thinks he is.”

This marks Reeves’ second collaboration with Fundamental and Company, with the actor also set to star in the sci-fi thriller Replicas from director Tanya Wexler (Hysteria), where he plays a scientist obsessed with bringing back his
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Keanu Reeves to race across China in Harald Zwart's Rally Car

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Deadline has learned that Harald Zwart has been tapped by Company Films and Fundamental Films, a leading Chinese production and distribution outfit, to direct Keanu Reeves in a racing flick titled Rally Car. Zwart, who's previous directing credits include The Karate Kid remake, One Night At McCool's and The Mortal Instruments: City Of Bones, will be helming from a script by Jeremy Lott, based a... Read More...
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‘The Karate Kid’ director set to helm Keanu Reeves’ ‘Rally Car’

Deadline are reporting that Harald Zwart, who most recently took on The Karate Kid remake, is all set to direct Keanu Reeves in the upcoming U.S.-China collaboration Rally Car.

The story, according to the website, ‘centers on a hot-shot former champion Nascar driver (Reeves) who doesn’t want to believe his glory days are behind him. When his professional and personal life begin to spiral out of control, he’s forced to take part in a high-stakes international rally race across the face of China, with a young Chinese girl as his co-driver, in order to prove he’s still the badass racer he thinks he is.’

The company behind the movie, Fundamental Films, are taking the project to the European Film Market in Berlin next week. The market runs alongside the Berlin Film Festival (Berlinale), which kicks off on February 11th.

Reeves wil co-produce the film.

Here’s the official release,
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Keanu Reeves' China-Set Racing Film Rally Car Finds a Director

We've known for a few months now that Keanu Reeves is all set to star in a new movie called Rally Car. The project was initially described as The Cannonball Run set in China, but now Deadline has some more plot details as well as the director who will bring the film to the big screen: The Karate Kid remake helmer Harald Zwart. Here's the synopsis:

Rally Car centers on a hot-shot former champion Nascar driver (Reeves) who doesn’t want to believe his glory days are behind him. When his professional and personal life begin to spiral out of control, he’s forced to take part in a high-stakes international rally race across the face of China, with a young Chinese girl as his co-driver, in order to prove he’s still the badass racer he thinks he is.

Considering his previous experience, Zwart is obviously familiar with making
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Keanu Reeves Straps In For 'Rally Car'

There are two ways you can hope to capture the increasingly important Chinese market. Make a movie and hope that it connects with audiences there, or custom craft a vehicle that's tailor made to be a success in China. And the team behind "Rally Car" have done just that. Read More: Watch: New U.S. Trailer For Keanu Reeves' 'Exposed' Deadline reports that Keanu Reeves will lead the Harald Zwart ("The Karate Kid") directed movie about an aging, hotshot Nascar driver who looks to put his crumbling personal and professional life back on track by getting a young Chinese woman as his co-driver, as gears up for take place in a rally race across China. See what I mean?  At any rate, it's Keanu driving around in a car, hopefully with some decent one liners. And while you might wonder why Hollywood is bothering with a race
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