State of Happiness To Compete At Canneseries

Eight-part period drama State of Happiness (Lykkeland), has been selected for the inaugural Canneseries Competition (4 - 11 April), with a story about a changing nation and four people who are thrown into a whirlwind of opportunities. It will premiere on NRK this autumn. It’s the summer of 1969 in the small coastal town of Stavanger. International oil companies have been test-drilling for years, but nothing has been found and they are in the process of leaving. However, on Christmas Eve 1969,

John Mogensen Movie Smashes Danish Box Office

He died in 1977, but the Danes still love John Mogensen, and Ole Bornedal's dramatic, humorous and poetic journey through his life with Så længe jeg lever (As Long As I Live) is proving to be a box office sensation. The film follows the success and failure of musician John Mogensen (Rasmus Bjerg) throughout his life as an artist, husband and father - from childhood, through his time with Four Jacks and his later impact as a solo artist, until his

Taneli Mustonen To Adapt Opportunity Knocks

The producers of Opportunity Knocks (Norske byggeklosser) have confirmed to VG that a Finnish remake is in the works, to be directed by Taneli Mustonen whose Reunion (Luokkakokous) outsold Star Wars in Finland. Opportunity Knocks is a remake of Pål Bang-Hansen's 1972 classic comedy, and follows a couple's disastrous attempt to renovate a house as they are hindered by difficult bureaucrats, neighbours and artisans. It stars Anders Baasmo Christiansen (Kon-Tiki) and Ine Jansen (Dag) opposite Atle Antonsen (Dag), who plays eleven

International Intrigue For Chief Inspector Ratamo

Distributor Federation Entertainment has boarded ten-part Finnish political espionage thriller Secret Enemies (Ratamo) as co-producer and will take the show to MIPTV in Cannes for international sales next month (9 - 12 April). Devised by Roope Lehtinen and Mikko Pöllä (Black Widows) based on the Arto Ratamo series of books by Taavi Soininvaara, Secret Enemies is written by Timo Varpio (Downshifters) who won a Venla Award in 2002 for Kultakuume.com. When Chief Inspector Arto Ratamo (Samuel Vauramo) is called in to investigate

Amateurs & Saint Bernard To Compete At Tribeca

Swedish feature Amateurs (Amatörer) by Gabriela Pichler, and Danish comedy The Saint Bernard Syndicate (Sankt Bernhard Syndikatet) by satirist Mads Brügger have been selected for the International Narrative Competition at the 17th Tribeca Film Festival (18 - 29 April). Tribeca's Director of Programming, Cara Cusumano, said: "In a year that has reminded us more often of our divisions than our connections, this Festival's program embraces film's unique power to overcome differences – that connecting with stories not our own is the