The 25th New Nordic Films, unspooling Aug. 20-23 parallel to the Norwegian International Film Festival in Haugesund, will kick off with the critically-lauded “A White, White Day” by Hlynur Pálmason. The Icelandic drama which world premiered at Cannes’ Critics’ Week, is among 19 films set to screen, of which 13 are world market premieres such as Jesper W. Nielsen’s thriller “The Exception,” Venice Critics Week’s pick “Psychosia,”, Venice Days’ entry “Beware of Children”, Jens Jonsson’s “The Spy” and Jesper Ganslandt’s “438 Days”.
The hot Works in Progress session has 20 titles to be pitched to more than 300 attendees. Gauging this year’s crop, New Nordic Films’ managing director Gyda Velvin Myklebust underlines the large number of local films, genre-driven and reality-based stories, as well as the healthy gender balance -half the films are female directed. “There are many new female talents to watch out for,” says Myklebust, citing the Finnish coming of age feature “Eden” by Ulla Heikkilä, whose graduation film “Golgata” played Haugesund’s Next Generation strand in 2016, and Ninja Thyberg’s highly-anticipated debut “Jessica,” about the porn industry, produced by Plattform Produktion (“The Square”).
Set to open later in 2020, the title is among six experimental films vying for the coveted €50,000 Eurimages Lab Project Award.