Nordic Factory is a Residency, Workshop and Short Film Concept that stimulates cultural and cinematic meetings between young film directors, while giving them an international platform to present their first or second feature projects. This concept continues and builds on an initial, successful collaboration in 2013 between Directors’ Fortnight and the Taipei Film Commission, and will continue in 2015 with a new partner country.
THE GIRL AND THE DOGS (Selma Vilhunen, Guillaume Mainguet)
Mette, Lina and Anna Sophie, 3 teenagers, are on their way to a party. A strange discovery on a local beach will change the very nature of their friendship. SUNDAYS (Kraesten Kusk, Natalia Garagiola)
Like every Sunday, Anne picks up her father Theodor at the nursing home. They seem to have their ritual, but this Sunday will not turn out like all the others. LISTEN (Hamy Ramezan, Rungano Nyoni)
Copenhagen. A police station. A foreign woman, wearing a burqa, is there with her young son to file a complaint. Yet, it seems the translator is not willing to report what she is telling. VOID (Milad Alami, Aygul Bakanova)
Night trip on the ferry from Copenhagen to Bornholm. Daniel, 50, starts a conversation with Amir, an handsome guy in his 30s. But Daniel is not just after small talk. He is looking for something very personal from Amir.
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- Yusuf El Ali
- Zeinab Rahal
- Amira Helene Larsen
- Nanna Bøttcher
- Alexandre Willaume
- Lars Mikkelsen
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...the films that resulted from these encounters are typically Nordic in the atmosphere with a deep human and emotional core.
Aygul Bakanova grew up in Kyrgyzstan. She studied international journalism before starting her career writing for Russia’s biggest television stations. After four years of television experience in Moscow, she entered the MA filmmaking course at the London Film School, where she worked on various short films, specializing in writing and directing. She directed several short films, such as MEMENTO MORI (2008) and KIND OF LOVE (2008).
Trust in your crew; cinema is pure teamwork
Natalia Garagiola (Buenos Aires, 1982) graduated from Universidad del Cine, where she later has taught classes. She has written and directed three fiction short films: RINCÓN DE LÓPEZ (2011), released at BAFICI; YEGUAS Y COTORRAS (MARES AND PARAKEETS; 2012) premiered at Cannes Critics’ Week, and SUNDAYS (2014), a Danish co-production premiered at Cannes Directors’ Fortnight as a part of the Nordic Factory programme. Her latest film HUNTING SEASON premiered at Venice Critics Week, where it won the SIAE Audience Award.
Hamy Ramezan (1979) is a Finnish-Iranian film director and screenwriter. Having fled persecution in Iran, and survived Yugoslav refugee camps as a young boy, Ramezan and his family arrived in Finland in 1990. He graduated from the film school at UCA, Franham in 2007 and has since completed several short and documentary films, including REFUGEE UNKNOWN (2016), LISTEN (2015) and KEYS OF HEAVEN (2014). LISTEN premiered in Directors’ Fortnight during the Cannes Film Festival in 2014, won Best Narrative Short at the Tribeca Film Festival and was nominated for the European Film Awards. It went on to win 45 awards and screened at more than 200 festivals world-wide.
Kræsten Kusk was born in 1976 in Denmark. He got a Master of Arts in Film Studies and Art from University of Copenhagen in 2005 and he graduated as director from the independent film school “Super 16” in 2008. Within the last 10 years Kræsten has made more than 10 short films which have participated at festivals like: Recontres Internationales (Fra), Odense International Film Festival (DK), Roshd International Film Festival (IRA), Circuito Off Venice International Short Film Festival (Ita), Going Underground (Ger) and several other international film festivals. He is currently writing the script to his first feature film project WE LOVE, supported by the Danish Film Institute.
Rather than getting an actor to act the thing, it’s easier to get a non-professional who’s like the character.
Rungano Nyoni is a director/screenwriter born in Lusaka, Zambia and also grew up Wales, UK. She graduated from Central St Martins School of the Arts with a Masters in Acting in 2009. Her first film, THE LIST, won a BAFTA Cymru in 2010. Her most recent film, MWANSA THE GREAT, was selected at over 100 international film festivals and has won over 20 prizes and picked up a BAFTA Nomination (2012). She often collaborates with her partner Gabriel Gauchet and in 2012 a film he directed and she wrote, THE MASS OF MEN, premiered at Locarno Film Festival winning the Golden Leopard Award. It has since garnered over 50 prizes and has been selected at over 100 film festivals. Rungano was recently selected to take part in the Cannes Cinefondation residency where she developed her debut feature film, a tragi-comedy, set in Zambia called SOLIDARITE. Her film I AM NOT A WITCH (2017) premiered at the Directors' Fortnight at the 70th Cannes Film Festival.
Sometimes the things you don’t say or see are more effective and interesting than what's right in front of you.
Milad Alami was born in Iran, raised in Sweden and now lives in Denmark. He graduated from the National Film School of Denmark in 2011. His shorts have been selected for numerous festivals, including Cannes (Directors’ Fortnight), New York, Clermont Ferrand and Karlovy Vary. The last of them, Mommy (2015), won the Danish Academy Award for Best Short Film. THE CHARMER, his first feature, opened the New Directors section in San Sebastian International Film Festival 2017 and was praised in Variety as "an accomplished, deceptively titled debut feature”.
Born in 1977 in Nantes (France). Since 2008, he has shot three short films as scriptwriter and director: AUTUMN OF SKINS (2008), THE SHADOW OF THE TREES DOESN’T EXIST ANYMORE (2010), and WALKER (2013). He is currently developping a fourth one (THE MIDDLE OF A LAKE) and the script of his first feature lenght. Graduated from the Rennes-Britain University in Cultural Projects and Programs Management in 1998, Mainguet has first worked as a freelance cinema critic. He has promoted independent and arthouse films in different sectors of cinema distribution from 2000 to 2007. Then he started to work for the Festival of 3 Continents (Nantes) in 2007 as audiences coordinator. Since 2009 he is head of its professionnal program, the international training workshop Produire au Sud.
Selma Vilhunen (b.1976) is a director and a screenwriter of both fiction and documentary films. She has graduated from the Turku Polytechnic / Arts Academy in film directing. Her works as a director include PIETÀ (TV film) and PONY GIRLS (follow-up documentary), which won the main prize in the Tampere Film Festival. She has also written a feature film called HOMESICK (with director Petri Kotwica) and a tv film SUBURBIAN VIRGIN (dir. Hanna Maylett). She lives in Helsinki with her husband and daughter.