Drama Resin selected for Toronto

FESTIVAL. Daniel Borgman's drama 'Resin', about a family who has escaped the confinements of modern society to live in symbiosis with nature, will world-premiere at the Toronto Film Festival in September. Danish filmmakers also feature in co-productions from France and Iceland.

Joining the Danish line-up for this year's Toronto Film Festival is Daniel Borgman's drama 'Resin', which will enjoy its world premiere in the Contemporary World Cinema section featuring new cinematic storytelling from around the world.

Already announced for Toronto's documentary section are 'The Cave' by Feras Fayyad and 'Love Child' by Eva Mulvad.

'Resin' is based on an award-winning psychological thriller novel by Ane Riel, which has sold to a great number of countries.

Liv lives deep in the forest with her simple-minded father Jens and her obese, bedridden mother Maria. Sheltered from the outside world they survive on what they can find in nature. Here, even the smallest things have a soul. What Liv doesn’t know is that her parents have a dark secret. They have made the outside world believe she is dead in an attempt to escape society’s norms and demands. Liv’s curiosity however propels her to venture into the world, and suddenly, their silent life is threatened by increasing interference from the outside.

Peter Plaugborg ('Winter Brothers') plays Jens, while Sofie Gråbøl ('That Time of Year', 'The Killing') features as Maria. Young talent Vivelill Søgaard Holm is their daughter Liv, and the cast also includes Amanda Collin and renowned actress Ghita Nørby. 

Daniel Borgman graduated from the alternative film school Super16 in 2012. In 2010 he won the prestigious Grand Prix de la Semaine de la Critique in Cannes for his short film 'Berik'. 'Resin' is his third feature film, following 'The Weight of Elephants' and 'Loving Pia', both selected for Berlin.

'Harpiks' is written by Bo hr. Hansen and is produced by Katja Adomeit for Adomeit Film and Peter Aalbæk Jensen for Zentropa with Louise Vesth as executive producer. Funders include the Danish Film Institute, the regional film fund FilmFyn and national broadcaster TV 2. International sales are handled by TrustNordisk. 

The film opens in local cinemas on 25 December. 

Danes in co-productions

This year's Toronto Festival also features a number of co-productions with Danish participation, all with funding from the Danish Film Institute's scheme for international co-productions.

'Made in Bangladesh' by Rubaiyat Hossain is co-produced by Danish outfit Beofilm. Photo: Les Films de l'Après-Midi

France's 'Made in Bangladesh' by Rubaiyat Hossain is the story of Shimu, a young factory worker in Dhaka, Bangladesh, who joins the workers’ union after the death of a co-worker in an accident. Peter Hyldahl co-produces for Beofilm, and more key Danish credits include Jacques Pedersen on sound and sound design, Tin Soheili as composer and Beo Post on post production.

Iceland's 'The County', directed by Grímur Hákonarson, is co-produced by Profile Pictures' Ditte Milsted and Jacob Jarek. The film about dairy farmer Inga who rebels against the all powerful local Cooperative, is Profile Pictures' fourth collaboration with the Icelandic company Netop Films, after, among others, Hákonarson's Cannes winner 'Rams'. Danish professionals include Frank Mølgaard Knudsen and Sylvester Holm on sound, Aslak Lytthans and Claus Preis on lighting and Act3 on post production.

Profile Pictures is co-producing 'The County' by Icelandic director Grímur Hákonarson. Photo: Netop Films

'A White, White Day' by Hlynur Pálmason world-premiered at Cannes in Critics' Week, with Ingvar Sigurdsson winning for his performance as a retired police officer obsessed with the desire to find the truth about his now-deceased wife. Pálmason brought his creative Danish team from 'Winter Brothers', including cinematographer Maria von Hausswolff, editor Julius Krebs Damsbo and sound designer Lars Halvorsen. The film is co-produced by Eva Jakobsen, Katrin Pors and Mikkel Jersin from Snowglobe Film.

Lauren Greenfield's US documentary 'The Kingmaker', co-produced by Danish Documentary Production, has already been announced for the documentary section.

Danish films and filmmakers in Toronto 2019

Danish films

  • Resin by Daniel Borgman / produced by Adomeit Film and Zentropa / Contemporary World Cinema
  • The Cave by Feras Fayyad / produced by Danish Documentary Production / TIFF Docs
  • Love Child by Eva Mulvad / produced by Danish Documentary Production / TIFF Docs

Danes in co-productions

  • Made in Bangladesh (France) by Rubaiyat Hossain / co-produced by Beofilm / Contemporary World Cinema
  • The County (Iceland) by Grímur Hákonarson / co-produced by Profile Pictures / Contemporary World Cinema
  • A White, White Day (Iceland) by Hlynur Pálmason / co-produced by Snowglobe Film / Contemporary World Cinema
  • The Kingmaker (USA) by Lauren Greenfield / co-produced by Danish Documentary Production / TIFF Docs

Toronto Film Festival 2019 runs from 5 to 15 September. See more at tiff.net.