Attendees excited by quality of projects at Haugesund’s works in progress event

Screen | 8/23/2019 | Staff
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Norwegian director Guro Bruusgaard has won the Eurimages Lab iAward at Haugesund for Him.

The award—which is only eligible for a select group of work-in-progress projects that are more experimental in form or content – comes with a grant worth $55,500.

Him - Roles - Men - Society - Stories

Him looks at the roles of contemporary men in society through stories of a boy, a 30-year-old man and a 60-year old man during one day in Oslo. The jury said Him offered a “relevant discussion made in a witty, intelligent and compassionate style”. No sales company is attached yet.

The Eurimages jury gave a special mention to Ninja Thyberg’s Jessica, about a young Swedish woman navigating the porn industry of Los Angeles, which was one of the buzziest projects for buyers and festival programmers.

Pape - Boye - Versatile - Sales - Launch

Pape Boye’s Versatile is handling sales. A Cannes 2020 launch could be likely, helped because Thyberg’s short Pleasure was presented at Critics’ Week in 2013 and producers Plattform produced the Palme d’Or-winning The Square.

Thyberg has been researching the story for four years, and has cast real people from the porn industry. “They play themselves or characters that are similar to them. We are shooting at real locations,” she explained. “I want to create a very authentic tone.”

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“I have literally reversed the male gaze and turned the camera around,” Thyberg explained of her visual approach of shooting the pornographic scenes from 19-year-old Bella’s perspective. “I want to show new and different angles with the female gaze, especially since the main character is a person working at being a sexual object. By turning the camera around, we get to see what Bella is seeing, everything outside the traditional porn frame.”

The film has one more round of shooting to complete this autumn in Los Angeles.

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The writer-director added, “I can be bold enough to say this will be something you’ve never...
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