force majeure

Swedish director Ruben Östlund’s Turist (Force majeure)[+], which was screened in Un Certain Regard at the Cannes International Film Festival and went on to win the Jury Prize, will be the second Scandinavian entry to be launched in the US.

After the festival, it was announced that US independent distributor Magnolia Pictures had picked up Östlund’s third selection on the Côte d’Azur. At Cannes, Denmark’sTrustNordisk sold Danish director Kristian Levring’s western and Midnight Screening,The Salvation[+], to IFC Films for North America.

Marketed at Cannes by Paris-based The Coproduction Office, Swedish Plattformproduction Turist has also been purchased by Lumière (for Benelux), Look Now!(Switzerland), Øst for Paradis (Denmark), Arthaus (Norway) and Black Hand/Must Käsi(the Baltics). It will be released domestically by TriArt Film.

“Scandinavian filmmakers seem to get more out of less,” said director of acquisitionsPeter van Steemburg, of Magnolia Pictures, at last year’s New Nordic Films market during the Norwegian International Film Festival in Haugesund.

There had been no need for him to sign for the festival’s opening film, Norwegian directorErik Skjoldbjærg’s diving thriller Pioneer[+], as he had already purchased it in Berlin from a four-minute promo.

Magnolia has since released Danish director Thomas Vinterberg’s Oscar-nominated The Hunt[+], in addition to – currently in cinemas – Danish director Lars von Trier’sNymphomaniac[+] and Swedish filmmaker Lukas Moodysson’s We Are the Best![+]

Danish director Nicolas Winding Refn’s Pusher[+] trilogy (1996-2005) started the company’s Nordic shopping spree – so far, von Trier’s Melancholia[+] (2011) has been the most successful acquisition from Scandinavia.

via Cineuropa