Screen Daily: EFM 2024: The buzz titles from Germany, Italy and the Nordics

By Screen Daily



Screen highlights the buzz titles ready to entice international buyers at the 2024 European Film Market (EFM), which runs February 15-21.


TrustNordisk is selling two Norwegian films: boxing drama Team Havnaa (working title), which pitched at Göteborg’s work-in-progress; and family title The Polar Bear Prince — one of two animations, alongside Swedish feature Super Charlie, based on Camilla Lackberg’s book series. It also has two Danish films: Frederik Louis Hviid’s Zentropa actioner The Quiet Ones, inspired by a real-life Danish robbery after the 2008 financial crisis; and Ole Christian Madsen’s thriller Boundless, adapted from The Hanging Girl, the sixth book in Jussi Adler-Olsen’s Department Q series.

Mikko Makela’s queer drama Sebastian heads LevelK’s slate. The UK film, about a writer living in London who embarks on a raunchy double life, launched at Sundance and is a breakout role for lead Ruaridh Mollica. Norwegian family comedy Victoria Must Go from Gunnbjorg Gunnarsdottir follows two wealthy siblings who hire a hitman to get rid of their stepmother; it will release locally this month. The company will also sell two titles it boarded at Göteborg’s Nordic Film Market: Sarah Gyllenstierna’s Swedish suspense drama Hunters On A White Field, and Charlotte Sieling’s Way Home, about a man smuggled into Syria on a desperate search for his son.

REinvent will present a teaser of Arto Halonen’s Finnish sci-fi thriller After Us, The Flood, a future-set story about a physicist sent back in time to prevent climate change. It will show a promo for Howard J Ford’s River Of Blood, a UK horror in which two young couples’ kayaking holiday takes a wrong turn. There are market screenings for romantic drama When In Rome starring Bodil Jorgensen; Daniel Di Grado’s found-footage horror True Fear; Mikkel Serup’s political thriller Kingmaker; Kari Vido’s supernatural title Paranoia, released in Denmark on February 8; and in Berlinale Market Selects, Jannik Johansen’s action series Oxen, based on the novels of the same name.

The Yellow Affair has footage for recent pickup Orenda by Pirjo Honkasalo. Currently in post-production, it reunites Fallen Leaves star Alma Poysti with the film’s producer Bufo, in a thriller about the destinies of two women intertwining on a remote island. There is a market premiere for Caroline Ingvarsson’s psychological thriller Unmoored, adapted from Hakan Nesser’s crime novel; while Klaudia Reynicke’s Reinas will have its European premiere in Generation Kplus, having debuted at Sundance with sales underway.

DR International Sales is bringing five documentaries to its first EFM, led by Silje Evensmo Jacobsen’s Sundance world cinema documentary grand jury prize-winner A New Kind Of Wilderness. Also selling in Berlin are A Dangerous Boy, Phantoms Of The Sierra Madre, Life And Other Problems and Magic Mud.

Sweden’s Eyewell will launch sales on thriller The Undertaker, starring Paul McGann as the eponymous worker who agrees to dispose of a gangster’s victims.

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