Moland’s comedy a gentle attraction at home, also in demand abroad

Norwegian director Hans Petter Moland’s first comedy, A Somewhat Gentle Man (En ganske snill mann)

Norwegian director Hans Petter Moland’s first comedy, A Somewhat Gentle Man (En ganske snill mann)

Norwegian director Hans Petter Moland’s first comedy, A Somewhat Gentle Man (En ganske snill mann), which was awarded the Berliner Morgenpost Audience Prize at the recent Berlin International Film Festival, went straight to a No 2 position on the local charts, following its launch at the Kosmorama-Trondheim International Film Festival.

During its first week in release the Finn Gjerdrum-Stein B Kvae production for Paradox reached 16,000 admissions (from 47 screens) for Nordisk Filmdistribusjon; after two weeks it has sold almost 40 000 tickets. Gjerdrum-Kvae are convinced that the film has ’long legs’ and will exceed 100,000 admissions in total.

A Somewhat Gentle Man is also in demand abroad: international sales agent, Denmark’s TrustNordisk, has so far licensed the film to app 20 countries, including Germany, Austria (Neue Visionen), German-speaking Switzerland (Xenix), the Benelux (Wild Bunch Benelux), Russia/CIS, Baltic Republics (Maywin Media), Czech Republic, Slovakia (AeroFilms) and Poland (Vivarto).

Swedish actor Stellan Skarsgård stars in Danish scriptwriter Kim Fupz Aakeson’s story of a man who is released from prison after serving 12 years for killing his wife’s lover. His son will have nothing to do with him; his former colleagues expect him to get back at the man who peached on him. What’s he to do now?

Source: Norwegian Film Institute

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