Danish short 'Inherent' headed for Cannes

CANNES 2021. Nicolai G.H. Johansen's short film 'Inherent', produced by Snowglobe, is selected for the Cannes Festival's Critics' Week sidebar. Snowglobe takes up yet another spot in this year's line-up, with their Italian co-production 'A Chiara' selected for Directors' Fortnight. Cannes takes off on 6 July.

The Cannes Festival continues its line-up announcements. Just in are the selections for the sidebar competition, Critics' Week. 

From Denmark is the short 'Inherent', directed by Nicolai G.H. Johansen, a graduate from the alternative Danish film school Super8. The film is produced by Anna Dammegaard Søllested of Snowglobe, the Danish production company already boasting two co-productions in the official selection. 

Snowglobe also appears in the line-up for Directors' Fortnight as co-producers of Italy's 'A Chiara' by Jonas Carpignano.

'Inherent': Gothic meets romance

In 'Inherent', gothic horror meets small-town teenage romance as we follow a girl roaming the streets, gazing at a boy. Soon it becomes clear that she is bound to something. In the attic of her house resides a sinister presence whom she serves. As the infatuation grows, she is torn between her desires and her ties.

The film is told without any dialogue, focusing solely on images and sound. About the project, the director says:

"'Inherent' is a fresh and minimalistic twist on the vampire myth, dealing with longing, loneliness and coming of age. Cinematically, I am especially drawn to lonely characters and their desires to connect to the world."

The lead role is played by Sandra Guldberg Kampp, the breakout star from last year's 'Wildland' which earned her impressive reviews at the Berlinale. Starring opposite her is Noah Skovgaard Skands who got his debut in 'Neon Heart', selected for competition at San Sebastián Film Festival in 2018.

'A Chiara' by Jonas Carpignano, co-produced by Denmark's Snowglobe. Photo: Stayblack

Co-production 'A Chiara' in Director's Fortnight

Italian filmmaker Jonas Carpignano returns to Cannes with his third feature, 'A Chiara', produced by Italy's Stayblack and co-produced by Katrin Pors, Eva Jakobsen and Mikkel Jersin of Snowglobe.

Written by the director himself, the story revolves around 15-year-old Chiara who is utterly powerless as she watches her father suddenly leave their small town in Calabria. The young girl is determined to understand why he left, like so many before him.

The Cannes Festival runs from 6-17 July.

News published on 7 June 2021, updated with information on 'A Chiara' on 9 June 2021.

Danish films at Cannes 2021

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


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.