Discovering feature film debuts in Toronto



“A spotlight on the most exciting work from up-and-coming directors from around the world”
The prestigious Toronto Film Festiva´s Discovery section is not only interesting for the directors participating, but for all of us who wants to discover next generation´s talents.
TrustNordisk proudly presents two of them; Icelandic Rúnar Rúnarsson and Swedish Axel Petersén, who both have been officially selected for Discovery with their uncompromising works - we proudly present AVALON and VOLCANO.

“For many, the eighties are perceived as the last party decade and remembered with nos¬talgia. A time of extreme wealth, conspicuous consumption and copious drug-taking, the period was largely defined by loose eth¬ics and blinkered arrogance. AVALON is a timely and sometimes shock¬ing reminder that, sooner or later, the party has to end.”
Toronto International Film Festival, 2011
Screenings in Toronto
SUN  11  16:15PM   AMC 10 (Public)
MON 12   12:15PM  Scotiabank 10 (Press & Industry)

THU  13     9:00PM   AMC 9 (Public)
FRI   16     9:15AM   Scotiabank 4 (Public)

SAT  17     6:00PM   AMC 10 (Press & Industry)

PRESS & PR: Thessa Mooij / +1 646 637 4700 / 
AVALON is Axel Petersén´s debut feature film and took shape after he made a filmed pilot study with his aunt and several of the actors. Axel Petersén (b. 1979, Sweden) is trained at the Czech film school FAMU and the Royal Swedish Academy of Arts. He is the director of several acclaimed short films of which his latest THE TRACK OF MY TEARS 2 (2011) premiered in Venice.
The film is produced by Erika Wasserman and Jesper Kurlandsky, production companies being Idyll AB and Fasad AB (THE APE, 2009), and is supported by The Swedish Film Institute / consultant Lars G. Lindström. Domestic release is February 2012.
For more information about AVALON


“Possibly the most important debut by an Icelandic director since NOI ALBINOI, Rúnar Rúnnarsson's VOLCANO focuses on the twilight years of Hannes, a school janitor who's just about to retire. A mature and emotionally devastating film directed with extraordinary sensitivity, VOLCANO is a profoundly humanist work.”
Toronto International Film Festival, 2011
Screenings in Toronto
THU  8   11:45PM  TIFF Bell Lightbox 4  (Press & Industry)
FRI   9   10:15PM  TIFF Bell Lightbox 3  (Public)
SAT 10   9:45PM   AMC 3  (Public)
SUN 18   6:15PM   TIFF Bell Lightbox 2  (Public)
Press & PR: TrustNordisk / +45 3686 8703 /

Nominated for an Academy Award in 2006 (LAST FARM), the Palme d'Or at Cannes in 2008 (2 BIRDS) and The European Film Awards in 2008, Rúnar is probably the most awarded short film director in the world with 90 International awards under his belt for his last 3 films. Rúnar Rúnarsson participated in Directors' Fortnight back in 2009 with his graduation film ANNA and returned to Cannes this year, when his feature film debut VOLCANO was officially selected for Directors´ Fortnight.
The film is produced by Thor Sigurjonsson, Skuli Malmquist from Zik Zak Filmworks and Egil Dennerline from Fine & Mellow A/S. Thomas Gammeltoft from Fine & Mellow is executive producer. The film is supported by the New Danish Screen / Jacob Høgel, Icelandic Film Centre / Laufey Guðjónsdóttir and Nordisk Film & TV Fond / Grimar Jónsson.
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