Swedish helmer Johannes Nyholm, finest recognized for 2019 Sundance pic “Koko-di Koko-da,” is re-teaming with producer Maria Møller Christoffersen of Copenhagen-based Beofilm on the surrealistic comedy “Firehawks,” which is about to start out manufacturing this summer time in Sweden.
It’s one among a variety of movies Møller Christoffersen has within the works at Beofilm, the place she’s additionally co-producing “The Wall,” Philippe Van Leeuw’s drama a couple of U.S. border patrol agent working alongside the Arizona-Mexican border, who tries to cowl up an irrevocable crime. Luxembourg actress Vicky Krieps (“Phantom Thread”) is about to star within the movie, which is scheduled to shoot in November with Brussels-based Altitude 100 majority producing.
Møller Christoffersen says the movie is “about placing up nationwide and psychological borders, and naturally it’s an oblique touch upon the wall that Trump needed to place up in the direction of Mexico. It’s a movie about being afraid of what you don’t know since you wish to shield your self.”
Van Leeuw’s directing credit embody Rwandan genocide movie “The Day God Walked Away,” winner of the Greatest New Director award at San Sebastián Movie Pageant, and Berlin Panorama Viewers Award winner “Insyriated,” a conflict drama set in Damascus.
“Firehawks,” in the meantime, marks Beofilm’s third characteristic with Nyholm and is one among 17 tasks chosen this yr for the International Film Festival Rotterdam’s CineMart co-production market.
Nyholm, who can be producing, describes the movie as “a darkish, surrealistic comedy with some fairly crude slapstick parts, but additionally numerous philosophical undertones about society and the way to deal with a disturbing, chaotic life.”
The director says it’s “a lot brighter” than his earlier movie, the award-winning “Koko-di Koko-da,” a nightmarish time-looping thriller by which a grieving couple repeatedly meet their demise by the hands of three psychopaths. In addition to Sundance, the pic screened at IFFR.
“Firehawks” follows an English-speaking filmmaker in Sweden as he tries to shoot a low-budget movie within the countryside whereas stress and conflicts come up among the many crew. The movie throughout the movie will characteristic prominently within the story – part of the film that Nyholm plans to shoot this summer time, with the remainder of the manufacturing and principal pictures scheduled for summer time 2022. Nyholm is ideally in search of an American lead for the a part of the director.
The movie is budgeted at €2.5 million to €3 million, however that determine may rise, says Møller Christoffersen. “It is dependent upon how large our worldwide setup is and what number of international locations we’re taking pictures in.
Nyholm and Møller Christoffersen are in search of companions from one or two co-producing international locations. “Our character gallery is sort of blended,” Møller Christoffersen provides, noting that along with the English-speaking essential character, there may be additionally a non-Swedish intern who might be of some other nationality. “It’s imagined to be a crew of various individuals who collect to create this movie. It’s fairly early days for this mission however we’re prepared to speak to co-producers, gross sales brokers and distributors and excited to see who’s on the market.”
Along with “Firehawks” and “The Wall,” Møller Christoffersen is producing “Increase!” by Swedish director Cecilia Torquato de Oliveira, which was offered final yr as a mission in improvement on the Göteborg Movie Pageant’s Discovery market, and co-producing Macedonian filmmaker Teona Mitevska’s Sarajevo-set relationship drama “The Happiest Man within the World,” which picked up the 2019 Eurimages Co-production Improvement Award at Sarajevo’s CineLink Business Days.