Tea Lindeburg’s Sophomore “The Seal Woman” Leads Motor Pic Slate

Quick-rising Danish manufacturing powerhouse Motor, led by scribe Christian Torpe (“Silent Coronary heart”, “Rita”) and producer Jesper Morthorst, has unveiled a splashy five-pic slate, led by the Göteborg Movie Competition’s closing movie “Camino” by Birgitte Stærmose and Tea Lindeburg’s pic in improvement “The Seal Girl,” to be pitched on the Discovery strand of Göteborg’s Nordic Movie Market (Feb. 2-5).

One of many hottest new Danish administrators, Netflix “Equinox” collection creator Lindeburg made waves on the competition circuit together with her directorial debut “As in Heaven,” which scooped a double win in San Sebastian and best-Nordic statuette in Göteborg 2021, earlier than wooing a number of patrons together with Juno Movies within the U.S.

Her anticipated sophomore function “The Seal Girl,” primarily based on her authentic screenplay, is impressed by a Faroese legend, which has it that those that drown themselves flip into seals. And as soon as yearly, they return to shore of their human form. 

The story activates the male character Aske who seeks out this legendary place of transformation, within the hope of reuniting together with his late spouse. Determined to not lose her once more, he hides her seal pores and skin, in order that she will be able to’t return to the ocean. At first, the girl doesn’t bear in mind their previous collectively, however as her reminiscence returns, a darkish and menacing story unfolds.

“This tragic love story might be pure Lindeburg materials, with a poetic contact, dreamy and eery sequences,” stated Morthorst who plans to construct his second function with the director as a serious European co-production, with filming “someplace within the North Atlantic” set for 2024.

Additionally heading off to Göteborg is Motor’s comedy drama “Camino”, ordered by Viaplay as its first Danish Unique movie.

As unveiled by SelectionLars Brygmann (“Riders of Justice”) and Danica Curcic (“The Chestnut Man”) are main the sturdy solid as a father and daughter, strolling the well-known Camino de Santiago pilgrim route in Spain and letting go of mutual frustrations.

“Viaplay cherished the script penned by Birgitte and Kim Fupz Aakeson and the ace solid and crew and greenlit the movie very quick,” Morthorst famous. 

Jesper Morthorst

“Camino” is because of premiered completely on the Nordic streamer after its Göteborg world premiere on Feb. 4, with Viaplay Content material Distribution dealing with worldwide distribution. 

For Morthorst, “Camino” and “The Seal Girl” epitomize Motor’s DNA, which is to ship auteur-driven high-quality content material for big audiences, regardless of the format and style, be it small arthouse or greater business options, in addition to drama collection.

The five-year previous shingle, which began off with Torpe’s hit thriller collection “Ship Us” (2019), has used the COVID-period to refocus on function movie, a sensible strategic transfer, within the context of the – now settled – Danish streaming disaster which has destabilised a lot of the Danish audiovisual sector.

“We do have TV exhibits in improvement with varied world streamers, however our core enterprise is the European state-support mannequin, the place we will maintain management of our rights and artistic selections,” Morthorst underlined.

“We now have been in improvement for two-three years on our eclectic function slate, and we’re lastly stepping into manufacturing with a few of our largest initiatives up to now,” he stated.

Two heavy-weight European co-pros are attributable to begin filming this yr.

The primary one up is the $3.8 million “Rome,” scheduled for a February-March shoot. The texture-good drama is directed by Niclas Bendixen (“Ditte & Louise”, “Cry Wolf”), who co-wrote the unique screenplay with Torpe and Kristian Halken. Motor’s Andreas Hjortdal is producing along with Morthorst.

“It’s a common story about love, marriage and the way that is altering over time,” Hjortdal stated, underscoring that the filming in varied elements of the Italian capital will seize the essence of town.

Prime behind-the-scenes embrace editor My Thordal (“The Rain”, “Journal 64”) and Lars von Trier’s long-time DoP Manuel Claro (“Melancholia”, “The Kingdom”). Main Scandi actors within the lead might be introduced near capturing date.

“Rome” is being co-produced with Italy’s Vivo Movie and Sweden’s GimmeABreak, with assist from the Danish Movie Institute, the Swedish Movie Institute, Eurimages, with co-financing from Scandi pubcasters TV 2 Denmark and SVT. Scandinavian distributor Scanbox, which has a primary look cope with Motor, will deal with the Danish launch, lined up for November 2023. Gross sales are nonetheless open.

The subsequent main function undertaking, “Stranger,” is a uncooked and suspenseful thriller-drama set within the Danish Stone Age. Mads Hedegaard makes his directorial debut, primarily based on a script co-penned with Jesper Fink (“Margrete-Queen of the North”).

Tagged as “The Revenant” meets “Embrace of The Serpent,” “Stranger” activates Aathi (16) and her youthful brother’s quest for survival throughout the tribe that killed their household. 

The pic was initially structured as a Danish-Polish co-production however will now contain minority co-pro companions Proton Cinema in Hungary and Mer Movie in Norway. “We had been initially going to shoot it on location in Poland’s primeval forest, however because of the close by struggle in Ukraine, we’ve needed to change plans,” Hjortdal explains. “Now we’ll shoot the whole movie in a good looking previous forest outdoors of Budapest, and it’s precisely what we had been in search of,” stated the producer.

Filming scheduled for July 2023 is because of final for six weeks. Up to now, about 80% of the financing is confirmed, together with Nordic distribution lined by Scanbox and world gross sales closed with a serious firm, to be introduced at a later date.

Motor’s function initiatives in improvement embrace “Bastard Love,” to be directed by “Star Wars: Andor Season 2“ and “Borg vs. McEnroe”’s Janus Metz.

Credit score: Nikola Predovic