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N-Pitch

N-PitchNordic Project Pitch

Nordic Project Pitch is a project exchange program with the Nordisk Panorama Forum, one of the most significant documentary events for the co-production and joint investment in the Nordic region (Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Finland, and Iceland). N-Pitch introduces seven excellent documentary projects wish to co-produce with Asian broadcasting companies. The program is organized as a roundtable for project presentation and discussion.
* Sponsorship: The Korea Foundation

  • - Date : Nov. 3st.(Sat.), 2018, 13:30 - 15:00
  • - Venue : Diamond Hall(2F), Olympos Hotel
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    Codename Nagasaki

    • Director : Fredrik Sundsteigen Hana / Marius Kunihiko Lunde
    • Producer : Gunhild Oddsen
    • Production Country : Norway
    • Production Status : Production
    Synopsis

    Marius and Fredrik’s friendship has always revolved around movies. Over the years they have made a series of films, with Fredrik behind the camera and Marius as actor, all stemming from their mutual love of B-movies and genre film. Now, for the first time in their careers they have decided to make a documentary and base their work on something a little bit closer to home, Marius’ missing mother. Marius’ mother left his family when he was 5 years old and moved back to Japan, and never kept in touch. After years living with only photographs and the stories he has been told about her, he has decided to try to track her down and meet her again for the first time in 27 years. So how do you go about finding your lost mother? Where do you even start? Well, if you are Fredrik and Marius you make it into one big, crazy film project.

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    ForgetMeNot

    • Director : Sun Hee Engelstoft
    • Producer : Monica Hellström
    • Production Country : Denmark
    • Production Status : Production
    Synopsis

    ForgetMeNot takes place at an institution, for young pregnant unmarried women in South Korea. Here they seek refuge from their normal environment in order to hide their pregnancy and stay there until they have given birth to their baby. During their stay the women must make the crucial choice of whether to keep their child or give it up for adoption. The choice has great consequences for the women since educational institutes and work industries often refuse unmarried mothers, so it’s about choosing between two entirely different lives in Korean society. We follow three women and their process towards the difficult decision, which is influenced by huge pressure from the outside world. Typically the disgrace of the family, the reluctance of the boyfriend and the disdain of Korean society towards the women's behaviour have a big impact on the their final decision. However, at this institution, the strong-willed manager Mrs. Im supports the women and their fight for independence. But in the end, the decision – and its consequences – will always rest on one person alone.

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    INTO THE BANK

    • Director : Eva Hillström / Oscar Hedin
    • Producer : Åsa Ekman / Marina-Evelina Cracana / Oscar Hedin
    • Production Country : Sweden
    • Production Status : Pre-Production
    Synopsis

    Sasja Beslik was born in Zenica, Bosnia. When the Civil War broke out he was 17. Facing the risk of being drafted, he fled. Two British journalists smuggled him through the Croatian checkpoints. He crossed Europe, and came to Sweden with only two t-shirts in a plastic bag. Having survived, he made a promise to himself – he would use his new life to try to make the world a better place. Decades later Sasja is a banker, a man of power with a key role in one of the biggest Nordic banks, Nordea. From this position, alongside a small team of analysts, he begins an investigation against companies from the bank’s investment portfolio that are suspected of illegal pollution and human rights violations. The start is effective and rewarding, but after his promotion, Sasja faces more and more compromises, the pressure of the bank that wants to protect its big customers and global-level flaws in the financial system. This hinders his decision-making possibilities and fuels his frustration and doubts. Is he going to be able to adapt? What compromises and sacrifices will he have to make?

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    Karaoke Phenomena

    • Director : Einari Paakkanen
    • Producer : Marianne Mäkelä / Liisa Karpo
    • Production Country : Finland
    • Production Status : Pre-Production
    Synopsis

    Karaoke Phenomena is an episode film about Finns, who are revealing their soul by singing karaoke about yearning, love and death. The touching stories of 5-6 Finns are being told through the song of their hearts. A lonesome taxi driver sings karaoke in his karaoke taxi parked at the quiet main square of Helsinki, while snow is falling from the sky. Middle aged woman enters the stage of a karaoke bar that looks like it got stuck in the 90’s with its disco lights. She thinks about West German boy who sent her letters written on a blue toilet paper a long time ago. These are stories and moments behind Karaoke Phenomena of Finland. The film explores connections and meaning between the main characters and their favorite songs: Finnish songs are hidden gems, filled with melancholy and sadness, but also humor and celebration. While singing, the main characters relive the most important moment of their life, which can be about happiness or sorrow, or about joy or loss. The episodes of the film are being bind together by humorous karaoke situations, the Finnish nature and the wondrous karaoke joints, telling a story about the mental landscape of Finns.

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    LASIKATTO - The Invisible Made Visible

    • Director : Mari Soppela
    • Producer : Julia Ton
    • Production Country : Finland
    • Production Status : Pre-Production
    Synopsis

    LASIKATTO is an investigative film exploring the reality of working women from different occupations, statuses and countries. Silicon Valley is not a friendly place for women, start-up founder Farah Brunache knows. Yet she is determined to find investors and venture capital for her all-female tech company. Jin Hong broke her first glass ceiling when she became South-Korea's first female aviation mechanic. She wants to become head mechanic at Boeing but it is not easy in a place that is the most hostile country for the workingwoman in the industrialised world. Mervi Lampinen has not been able reach the position of a board member or a CEO even though she has built an impressive career as a manager in some of the biggest IT companies in Central Europe. Thelma Einarsdottir stood up for herself and her female colleagues by reporting sexual harassment in a picture perfect company, but she soon got fired and became national news when suing the firm. We are in a world where statistics descend into the characters and reveal uncomfortable and surprising truths. People in the streets defining the phenomenon and architectural metaphors of the glass ceiling connect the intimate stories of the women across the world.

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    RESORTS

    • Director : Mette Carla Toft Albrechtsen
    • Producer : Rikke Tambo Andersen
    • Production Country : Denmark
    • Production Status : Pre-Production
    Synopsis

    RESORTS is a visually stunning documentary that explores the human need for escapism within an unnamed and allegorical holiday resort. Set against the perfect backdrop of neon lights, sunglittering swimming pools and palm trees, we get an intimate rendezvous with the tourists who chose to stay or who got permanently stuck on holiday as well as a fresh pin on the theme of globalization. RESORTS is a hyper aesthetic essayistic film on humans as a species – as if an alien landed on the beach and pointed the lens to the suntanned bodies, the behaviors and relationships, when the tourists lay roasting in the sun, get drunk at night or swim in the waves. RESORTS ask: “How do the tourists act at the different, classical tourist destinations where they seem more occupied by taking creative selfies, than, looking around?“ And “What does it mean to escape your designated role in life and leave you loved ones behind?“ In observational, anthropological footage shot in open areas of the multiple resorts, the line between the private and public gets blurred and the audience get an untamed, raw and intimate look into human behaviour of escapism.

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    The Most Beautiful Boy in the World

    • Director : Kristian Petri / Kristina Lindström
    • Producer : Stina Gardell
    • Production Country : Sweden
    • Production Status : Production
    Synopsis

    This film is about actor and musician Björn Andrésen, and how the role he played as a teenager in Death in Venice has cast a shadow over his life. Today Björn is 62, trying to understand the emptiness he feels. He's had a life people dream of, but it didn't bring him happiness. The Most Beautiful Boy in the World is about beauty, spellbinding and destructive, about surface and depth, about being raised in the spotlight from a young age, and about a person's struggle to understand his story. We follow Björn's life today. We share his loneliness, his relationship, his perpetual drinking and his injured hands preventing him from following his musical passion. He shares his experiences of sexual objectification in the eyes of men and women. We follow him into his past. To Japan, where he was the first western icon, remaining one today; to the Bohemian Paris of his mother, trying to understand why she took her life when he was 10; and to Copenhagen, where he attempts to unravel the mystery of who his father is. This is a deeply personal and cinematic film about a person reconciling his past and taking control of his life.

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