NORTHWEST continues its successfull festival streak. Latest festival on board is Tribeca Film Festival, which has officially selected NORTHWEST for the Viewpoint section. According to the festival, the Viewpoint section is "a panorama of the freshest voices in independent film and contemporary documentary from around the world" and "the films of this year´s Viewpoints section demonstrate a particular interest in telling stories from distinctly male and female perspectives". The selection marks NORTHWEST's North American premiere.
NORTHWEST celebrated its World Premiere at International Film Festival Rotterdam, where it was officially selected for the festiva´s competition The Big Screen. NORTHWEST was also shown at Gothenburg International Film Festival, where it competed for the Dragon Award for Best Nordic Film - here it won the international critic´s FIPRESCI award. Screening at the market in Berlin, the film was sold to UK, France and Benelux.
Screen review, Mark Adams: “A tough, absorbing and watchable crime drama”.
NORTHWEST stars newcomers and real-life brothers Gustav Dyekjær Giese and Oscar Dyekjær Giese in the leads and it´s produced by Tomas Radoor and Rene Ezra, who were also behind the awardwinning A HIJACKING (Lindholm, 2012).
Director Michael Noer´s first feature film R (2010), co-directed by Tobias Lindholm and starring Pilou Asbæk (BORGEN, 2010-), won several of prizes and along with his documentaries VESTERBRO (2007) and THE WILD HEARTS (2008) it marked him as one of the most talented directors of his time. Born 1978, Noer graduated from The National Film School of Denmark´s documentary programme in 2003. NORTHWEST is Noer´s second feature film.
Executive producers of NORTHWEST are Henrik Zein, Lena Haugaard and Thomas Heinesen from Nordisk Film Production. Editor is Adam Nielsen has edited films such as BROTHERS (Bier, 2004), GHOSTS OF CITÃ‰ SOLEIL (Leth, 2005), R (Lindholm and Noer, 2010) and A HIJACKING (Lindholm, 2012). Cinematographer is Magnus Nordenhof Jønck, DFF, who also shot A HIJACKING (Lindholm, 2012). Script is written by Michael Noer and Rasmus Heisterberg (A ROYAL AFFAIR).
NORTHWEST is supported by the Danish Broadcasting Corporation, (DR) and The Danish Film Institute. Budget is EUR 2.1m.
Domestic distributor Nordisk Film releases NORTHWEST April 18th 2012 and TrustNordisk handles international sales.
This year's edition of Tribeca Film Festival takes place April 17th-28th.