Cannes with strong Nordic collaborations

CANNES 2021. Danish production company Snowglobe is prominently represented in the Official Selection as co-producer of Joachim Trier's 'The Worst Person in the World' and Eskil Vogt's 'The Innocents'. Cannes is slowly getting back to its old self, celebrating world cinema on-site from 6 July.

The Cannes Festival unveiled Thursday the bulk of films in this year's Official Selection.

The annoucement will be followed by more news in the coming days on the remaining festival series such as Critics' Week, Directors' Fortnight and Cinéfondation.

Denmark's Snowglobe production company appears prominently in Thursday's announcement as co-producers on two Norwegian feature films, both with Danish film professionals in key functions.

74th Cannes Festival

After last year's digital transformation, the European key festival is back in a physical version from 6 to 17 July.

'The Worst Person in the World' by Joachim Trier is selected for the Competition. In addition, the film's co-writer, Eskil Vogt, participates as director with 'The Innocents' in Un Certain Regard. 

Both films have been granted support through the Danish Film Institute's Minor Co-production Scheme, funding Danish creatives in foreign co-productions.

Find below a summary of Danish films and film people announced so far for the Cannes Festival 2021.

The Worst Person in the World in Competition

Behind Joachim Trier's Norwegian feature film 'The Worst Person in the World' is a proven Danish-Norwegian collaboration.

Snowglobe, with producers Mikkel Jersin, Katrin Pors and Eva Jakobsen at the helm, partnered with Norway's Thomas Robsahm on Trier's latest film, 'Thelma' (2017). Jersin, for Nimbus Film, was also a co-producer on Robsahm and Trier's previous film, 'Louder Than Bombs' (2015), selected for Cannes Competition.

'The Worst Person in the World' is a modern dramedy about the quest for love and meaning in contemporary Oslo. The film chronicles four years in the life of Julie, a young woman who navigates the troubled waters of her love life and struggles to find her career path, leading her to take a realistic look at who she really is.

Denmark's Olivier Bugge Coutté is behind the editing, thus continuing his longstanding collaboration with Joachim Trier. More Danish key players off-screen include cinematographer Kasper Tuxen, VFX supervisor Esben Syberg, sound recordist Kasper Janus Rasmussen and storyboard artist Sune Elskær.

'The Worst Person in the World' is the final part of Trier's Oslo trilogy, after 'Reprise' (2006) and 'Oslo, 31 August' (2011), the latter world premiering in Cannes.

Eskil Vogt's 'The Innocents'. Photo: Sturla Brandth Grøvlen

The Innocents in Un Certain Regard

Snowglobe's second co-production at this year's Cannes Festival, 'The Innocents', is directed by Joachim Trier's regular co-writing partner, Eskil Vogt.

'The Innocents', with a script by Vogt, is a supernatural thriller about a group of children revealing their dark and mysterious powers when the adults aren’t looking. However, playtime soon takes a dangerous turn.

Creatives from the Danish film industry include cinematographer Sturla Brandth Grøvlen, production designer Simone Grau Roney, gaffer Aslak Lytthans, VFX supervisor Esben Syberg and storyboard artist Sune Elskær.

Eskil Vogt's feature film debut, 'Blind' (2014), received international recognition with awards in Berlin and Sundance, among others.

Looking ahead, Snowglobe is collaborating with Eskil Vogt on their upcoming Danish feature film 'Copenhagen Does Not Exist', directed by Martin Skovbjerg Jensen based on Vogt's script.


Danish films at Cannes 2021

A brief summary of Danish films and film people selected for the Cannes Festival, as of 16 June:

Festival

Main competition – short film

  • 'In the Soil' by Casper Rudolf Emil Kjeldsen. Produced by Sofie Odgaard in collaboration with Snowglobe. 

Cinéfondation – competition for film school graduate films

  • 'Free Men' by Óskar Kristinn Vignisson. Produced by Søs Thøstesen for The National Film School of Denmark.


Co-productions – foreign films with Danish producers

  • The Worst Person in the World (Norway-Denmark-Sweden-French) by Joachim Trier and Oslo Pictures. Competition. Supported by the Danish Film Insitute's Minor Co-production Scheme.
  • The Innocents (Norway-Denmark-Finland-Sweden-France) by Eskil Vogt and Mer Film. Un Certain Regard. Supported by the Danish Film Insitute's Minor Co-production Scheme.
  • A Chiara (Italy-Denmark-Sweden-France) by Jonas Carpignano and Stayblack. Directors' Fortnight. 

Danish co-producers on all three titles are Mikkel Jersin, Eva Jakobsen and Katrin Pors for Snowglobe.

Critics' Week – short film programme

  • Inherent by Nicolai G.H. Johansen. Produced by Anna Dammegaard Søllested for Snowglobe.

Cinéfondation L'Atelier – talent programme

  • Scattered by Kaspar Astrup Schröder. Produced by Katja Adomeit for Adomeit Film. L'Atelier is a financing platform organised by Cannes' talent section, Cinéfondation, helping selected directors and producers access international funding.

Producers on the Move – held in May

  • Kasper Dissing, producer of Thomas Vinterberg's Oscar winner 'Another Round', is selected as one of 20 European producers for the network event, normally held during the Cannes Festival. Read more in our interview.

Film market


Frontières – financing platform for genre film professionals

  • Twisted by Vibeke Muasya. Produced by Vibeke Muasya and Lene Børglum for Space Rocket Nation.
  • Superposition by Karoline Lyngbye. Produced by Amalie Lyngbo Quist for Beo Starling.

Cannes XR – for immersive projects

  • The Hangman at Home by Michelle and Uri Kranot. Produced by Lana Tankosa Nikolic for Late Love Production. Selected for VeeR VR Cinema. Nominated for the VeeR Future Award for Best VR Story and Best VR Interactive Experience.