Film Väst co-productions have developed a reputation of winning praise from critics and prizes at prestigious film festivals and it is expected that this will continue to be the case for the 2015 line up. Sure to be appearing in festivals in 2015 are:
Thomas Vinterberg’s The Commune in Official Competition, being the Danish helmer’s follow up to Golden Globe and Oscar nominee The Hunt, co-produced with Film Väst in 2012.
Internationally acclaimed Swedish actress turned director Pernilla August’s A Serious Game, the directorial follow up to her film Beyond which captured two prizes at the Venice Film Festival
Catalin Mitulescu’s Il Rumeno, Film Väst’s second collaboration with the Romanian director whose previousfilm Loverboy was selected for Un Certain Regard.
Mads Matthiesen’s, The Model, the Danish director whose debut Teddy Bear won the directing award in Sundance.
How to Live Yours by Rachel Tunnard and The Paradise Suite by Joost van Ginkel are also expected to appear at festivals in 2015, as is My Name Is Emily by Irish director Simon Fitzmaurice, who directed his debut film while battling the debilitating symptoms of ALS.
Film Väst’s co-productions are ripe with strong candidates to be the top domestic film at the local box office in each of the Scandinavian markets in 2015.
Norway’s first big budget disaster film The Wave is poised to make a big splash when it hits Norwegian cinemas in August. The Wave will face stiff competition in Norway from The King’s Choice by Erik Poppe, a historical drama about the Norwegian king’s response to the arrival of German troops in Oslo during World War II.
In Denmark, Kasper Barfoed’s film Summer ’92, which celebrates Denmark’s unlikely 1992 European Championship of football, is sure to have enormous audience appeal.
A Man Called Ove by Hannes Holm, an adaptation of the best selling novel by Fredrik Backman, appears to be the front runner for the top film at the Swedish box office.
Internationally, Film Väst is also co-producing some films that have equally high expectations
at the box office abroad. A Royal Night Out by Julian Jarrold, a non-factual retelling of Princess Elizabeth and Margaret’s one and only night out on the town to celebrate the end of the war, is sure to be a big box office hit in the UK after its premier on the 70th anniversary of Victory in Europe Day.
Finally, production has begun on the American thriller Beyond Deceit, which marks the first time legendary Oscar winning actors Al Pacino and Anthony Hopkins will appear in the same film together.