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International Sales Agent of the Day: LevelK

by Sydney Levine
May 10, 2011 5:30 AM
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LevelK is a Sales and Distribution Company that represents international production companies and their films using both traditional and alternative modes of distribution. With an extensive knowledge of the marketplace and of each territory, we are able to identify distribution possibilities and subsequently tailor unique strategies for each project. Innovative cross-platform distribution and marketing are crucial parts of LevelK's on-going strategies. The continued collaboration between LevelK and our distributors/ producers throughout the creation of the film enables a strong vision and enough character to be a cut above a crowded market place and realize its best commercial potential. Based in Copenhagen and New York, LevelK’s global reach means that our clients can be confident that LevelK has a presence that extends beyond borders, into local markets and onto the multitude of media platforms.

So says Tine Klint, backed up by sales director Natja Noviani Rosner, both of whom started at Trust Nordisk in Denmark.

LevelK has also created a secure online forum for business professionals with a screening room where all content are available for viewing and evaluation. You are able to access and view trailers, promos and full length features and TV Series. You can also see and update your company’s account and inform LevelK of your interest by marking the films you have seen. Downloads are available for marketing material and further download possibilities will become available upon purchasing a film, so that you can easily involve your team. All films are ready for digital delivery and we will be happy to assist you in this matter.

Their newest offering is ½ Revolution, a feature length documentary, currently in editing, from filmmakers Omar Shargawi and Karim El Hakim. Arriving in Cairo on assignment, acclaimed film-maker Omar Shargawi (My Father From Haifa, Ma Salama Jamil/Tiger Award Rotterdam FF 2008), couldn’t have predicted that a day later the streets would erupt in one of the most important revolutions of this century. Alongside fellow filmmaker Karim El Hakim, Shargawi captured the reality of the revolution that occurred out of view from the world's media, away from the square, in the alleyways and streets. In committing themselves to capturing footage the government wanted destroyed they risked their freedom and were arrested by the secret police. Inside they were beaten and only released when the police discovered their International passports. Others were not so fortunate.

From the news desks across the world the public could see the destructive violence. The psychological impact, however, was not as evident. Shargawi and El Hakim capture on tape the revolutionary optimism that soon takes an emotional side shift into fear and the struggle to stay united amidst the military’s brutal tactics.

The revolution in Egypt is not over. And even though the conditions are worse, and the leading revolutionaries disbanded, the fight is still on. ½ revolution documents an impassioned cry for unity and the ultimate overhaul for humanity.

International Sales handled by LevelK who will bring the documentary to Cannes FF. The line-up also includes “Say Nothing” from Australian first time feature film director Kieran Darcy-Smith, “Ronal The Barbarian” from Einstein Film (Terkel in Trouble and Journey to Saturn) and “A Funny Man” from acclaimed director Martin Zandvliet (Applause).


The Cannes Lineup:

---A Funny Man (Dirch) By Martin Zandvliet - Post-Production by Martin Zandvliet (Applause) Drama : 105 min : Denmark. Opening in the seductive style of the sixties, A Funny Man uncovers the perennial loneliness that comedian Dirch Passer (Nikolaj Lie Kaas) has found himself in after a fast-tracked rise to fame. He struggles between his own desire to gain critical respect and servicing the audience?s needs. His talent is both a blessing and a curse ? as he swallowed the instant adoration for his on-stage gags, Lommer (Lars Brygmann), his producer, and others around him feed off his success; a mélange of wealth, women, alcohol and infamy. Starring Nikolaj Lie Kaas (Reconstruction, Brothers, Angels & Demons), Lars Brygmann (The Celebration)

---1/2 Revolution - Production. Produced by Carsten Holst/Globus Film, co-produced by Prophecy Films, supported by The Danish Film Institute and DR. Danish based production company Globus Film is owned and headed by Producer Carsten Holst. Holst have produced over 40 features, TV series and documentary films winning more that 25 international prizes during his 12 years heading Zentropa Real in Denmark. Holst have procuced for acclaimed directors sush as : Lars Von Trier, Jørgen Leth, Omar Shargawi, Poul Erik Madsen, Max Kestner, Mads Brügger, Margreth Olin and many others. Globus Film is mainly producing films with strong dramatic and human driven stories for an international audience. All productions are low budget and with a very strong and universal angle/story. Prophecy Films is an international production company based in Cairo, Egypt and develops and produces inhouse projects. The main vision of Prophecy Films is to build bridges between European and Middle East Cinema.

---Ronal The Barbarian (Ronal Barbaren) By Kresten Vestbjerg Andersen - Production. Danish 3D animated feature produced in English. Spanish language is also available. Delivery is fall 2011. The Einstein Film production is about a young barbarian with low self-esteem. Thorbjørn Christoffersen, Kresten Vestbjerg Andersen and Philip Einstein Lipski direct. The trio previously worked on 2004’s Terkel in Trouble and 2008’s Journey To Saturn. Christoffersen and Lipski also wrote the script for Ronal. Nordisk will launch it in Denmark September 2011. Einstein Film is a new production outfit launched by producer Trine Heidegaard with the three directors. The film is co-produced by Danish commercial broadcaster, TV 2/Danmark, and supported by the Danish Film Institute.

---Say Nothing By Kieran Darcy- Smith - Post-Production. Drama (suspense) : 92 min : Australia. The next film from the tour-de-force responsible for 2010 Sundance winner Animal Kingom and recent hit Hesher (Natalie Portman, Joseph Gordon-Levitt). Amongst the idyllic surrounds of South East Asia four friends lose themselves in the fun of a carefree holiday. Only three return. Who amongst them knows what happened on that fateful night as they danced under a full moon in Cambodia? Starring Joel Edgerton (Animal Kingdom, Warrior, The Thing), Theresa Palmer (2:37, The Sorcerer's Apprentice, Mad Max 4: Fury Road, I Am Number 4), Felicity Price and Antony Starr.

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