Tine Klint, and the team at LevelK are handling worldwide sales on four films in the official Berlinale lineup: Polish director Anna Kazejak's The Word, Free Range, The Contest and The Turning starring Cate Blanchett which has its international debut in a Berlinale Special Gala Premiere.
LevelK also brings to the European Film Market the highly anticipated debut from Mona Fastvold's The Sleepwalker and Berit Madsen's Sepideh, both of which screened at Sundance.
The Word from director Anna Kazejak premieres as a part of the Generation section. The film is co-written by Kazejak and Magnus von Horn, and produced by Lukasz Dzieciol for Opus Film (PL), in co-production with Jesper Morthorst of SF Film Production (DK), and supported by Opus Film, SF Film Production, Polish Film Institute, Eurimages, Danish Film Institute, Pomerania Regional Film Fund, Mainstream, Cameo Film, TV2 Denmark. The Word is set for release in Poland through Kino Swiat in 2014.
Inspired by real-life events, The Word centres on Lila who, whilst reeling from his betrayal with another girl, coerces her boyfriend Janek into an uncompromising agreement. Lila asks Janek to prove his love, and gives him 24 hours to do so. For Lila, to prove love is nothing but extreme, and threatens the livelihood of both.
Making its international debut in Berlin as a Special Gala Premiere, is the Australian film The Turning, created by Robert Connelly, which stars Cate Blanchett, Rose Byrne, Miranda Otto, Richard Roxborough and Hugo Weaving. The Turning is released by Madman in Australia.
Screening in Forum is Estonian auteur Veiko Ounpuu's eagerly awaited third feature, Free Range. Free Range is Veiko Ounpuu's follow up to Autumn Ball (Venice 2009), and The Temptation of St. Tony which screened in Sundance and Rotterdam in 2011).
The Contest, from Danish director Martin Miehe-Renard, screens in the Kinder section of Generation. The Contest caused a flurry of discussion in Denmark, but Martin Miehe Renard points out, "It so happens we live in a multiethnic world. Children accept that without a second thought, which is the film's underpinning. As The Contest affirms, where there's a will, there's a way." : "Children see more similarities than differences. In the film, Karl's Christian grandfather and Sawsan's Muslim father have their guard up at first, but when they finally get a chance to talk, they actually see eye to eye on a lot of things." : "The issue is a global one. The story could be set in any number of countries. It's relevant almost anywhere."
LevelK are located in the Martin Groupis – Bau – Stand No.26