Camilla Strøm Henriksen’s gripping drama Phoenix will open the Nordic film market New Nordic Films, Tuesday 21 August. The nominees for the Nordic Council Film Prize will also be presented on stage during the ceremony.
The film is a co-production between Norway and Sweden, and is Strøm Henriksen’s feature debut as a director.
She will bring actors Sverrir Gudnason, Ylva Bjørkaas Thedin og Casper Falck-Løvås to the opening ceremony.
About the film
Phoenix is a story about the complexiy and fragility of family relations, with wonderful acting performances from both Maria Bonnevie and Sverrir Gudnason, as well as the young debuting actors. Jill and her little brother live with their instabile mother, and Jill does her best to take care of her small family. When her father makes a rare appearance, he instigates great joy and expectation. But the family is soon struck by tragedy, and a stunned Jill is desperate to keep everything under wraps.
Front of camera
Maria Bonnevie is a magnetic presence in the role as the tortured and destructive mother. She is an actress of great significance on the Scandinavian film – and theater scene, and has been ever since her 1991 debut in Ola Solum’s The Polar Bear King. Her breakthrough came with the 1997 Danish film Jerusalem by renowned director Bille August. Since then, Bonnevie has appeared in productions such as Insomnia, Falling Sky, and Shameless, as well as theater productions all over Scandinavia.
Sverrir Gudnason is fantastic in the role as the children’s restless father figure. The Swedish actor has truly distinguished himself the past few years, both in Scandinavia and abroad. He has appeared in films like The Serious Game, Waltz for Monica and Call Girl, as well as playing legendary tennis player Björn Borg opposite Shia Lebouf in last year’s Borg vs McEnroe. Later this year, he will appear alongside Claire Foy in The Girl in The Spider’s Web.
The two children at the center of the story is played by Ylva Bjørkaas Thedin and Casper Falck-Løvås. Both the children are impressive in their performances as two children ripped between their brutal reality and the love they have for their parents.
Behind the camera
Camilla Strøm Henriksen started her career as an actress, and has won an Amanda award for her role in A Handful of Time. She is a graduate of the London Film School. Henriksen has directed episodes of TV series like Hotel Caesar and Hvaler, as well as teaching film and TV-students at the Westerdals Oslo School of Arts.
Phoenix is produced by Gudny Hummelvoll for Hummelvoll AS, in collaboration with Wychwood Moving Picture Company. Co-producers are Paulina Rider Wilhelmsen, David Yates, Annika Hellstrøm, and Erika Malmgren.
About New Nordic Films
New Nordic Films is an annual Nordic film market and includes Nordic Co-Production and Finance Forum arranged within the frames of the long-established Norwegian International Film Festival in Haugesund.
From its start in 1995, the market has expanded and cultivated the event year by year, and New Nordic Films, with over three hundred participants and twenty five new films, works in progress and seminars in the program, is established as an important meeting place for everyone with a professional interest in Nordic films.
The market is aimed towards international and Nordic distributors, TV buyers, festival programmers, sales agents, producers, directors and film organizations. The selection of films at New Nordic Films represents a variety of genres, and the selection is made based upon quality and international potential of the film. Every film aims to please a wide-ranging market, in the Nordic countries as well as internationally.
New Nordic Films is realized with the support of Creative Europe – the MEDIA-programme of The European Union.