Levan Akin, Grímur Hákonarson invited to Les Arcs

The County, Héraðið / PHOTO: Netop Films
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Levan Akin, Grímur Hákonarson invited to Les Arcs

The County, Héraðið / PHOTO: Netop Films

The directors’ latest films in post-production And Then We Danced and The County will be presented at the French Film Festival December 16.

Akin’s And Then We Danced will be pitched among 15 works in progress at the 10th Les Arcs Film Festival. The Swedish director had his breakthrough with Certain People, launched at Tribeca in 2012, and directed several episodes of SVT's drama Real Humans.

His last film, the fantasy youth drama The Circle premiered in Berlin 2015. His new project is a coming of age drama about a dancer who unwillingly falls in love with a rival. Producer Mathilde Dedye of Sweden’s French Quarter Production told nordicfilmandtvnews.com: “I’ve known Levan for more than a decade and always wanted to collaborate with him. With And Then We Danced, Levan will make an intimate and personal film.”

Filming just wrapped on the project co-produced with Georgia’s Takes Film. Dedye will be looking for a sales agent at Les Arcs. TriArt is attached as Swedish distributor.

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Levan Akin, Grímur Hákonarson invited to Les Arcs

Levan Akin / PHOTO: Niklas Alexandersson

Iceland’s acclaimed Hákonarson will return to Les Arcs where he first pitched the award-winning film RAMS. His new film The County will be introduced out of competition as a special 10th anniversary treat to the festival’s industry delegates. It’s the story of Inga, a middle-class dairy farmer who stands up against corruption and injustice in her community. Icelandic producer Grímar Jónsson of Netop Films said the film should be ready in February 2019. Co-producers on the anticipated project supported by Nordisk Film & TV Fond include Profile Pictures (Denmark), One Two Films (Germany) and Haut et Court (France). New Europe Film Sales handles world sales.

The minority Finnish co-production The Last Ones by Estonia’s acclaimed director Veiko Õunpuu will also be pitched as a work in progress. Bufo is co-producing. 

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Levan Akin, Grímur Hákonarson invited to Les Arcs

Grimur Hakonkarson / PHOTO: Filmarti
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