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IFC Films announced today from the 2014 Cannes Film Festival that the company is acquiring North American rights from TrustNordisk to Kristian Levring’s Western THE SALVATION. The film, with a screenplay by Levring and Anders Thomas Jensen, stars Mads Mikkelsen, Eva Green, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Eric Cantona, Mikael Persbrandt, Jonathan Pryce and Douglas Henshall, and was produced by Sisse Graum Jørgensen, and executive produced by Peter Aalbæk Jensen and Peter Garde. The film made its world premiere at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival in the Out of Competition Midnight section.

President of Sundance Selects/IFC Films Jonathan Sehring said: “Kristian Levring has assembled an incredible cast and created a classic Western that keeps you on the edge of your seat. We are ecstatic to have the opportunity to work again with Kristian and our friends at TrustNordisk on this stunning and stirring film.”

“We are so happy to be working with IFC Films again and feel their enthusiasm and ambition for this great film. We can’t wait to see the reactions from the American audiences,” said Rikke Ennis, CEO at TrustNordisk.

The deal was negotiated between Susan Wendt, Head of Sales from TrustNordisk and Arianna Bocco, SVP of Acquisitions from Sundance Selects/IFC Films. TrustNordisk is handling all international sales. Previously announced deals on the film include Benelux (Wildbunch), Australia/New Zealand (Madman Entertainment), France (Chrysalis/Jour2Fete), Greece (Hollywood Entertainment) and Estonia (Estin Film).

IFC Films is a sister label to IFC Midnight and Sundance Selects, and is owned and operated by AMC Networks Inc.


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To many Americans, chiseled Danish actor Mads Mikkelsen is best known as the James Bond villain Le Chiffre, who cried tears of blood during a tense, heads-up poker game against 007 in Casino Royale (2006). More recently, however, Mikkelsen has been playing the title role in NBC’s Hannibal and is starring in fellow Dane Kristian Levring’s latest film The Salvation, which premiered in a special out-of-competition screening at the Cannes Film Festival.

Mikkelsen plays Jon, an ex-Danish soldier, who, along with his brother, emigrates to the American West in the late 1800s. The film opens with Jon welcoming his Danish wife and son to the Old West; very shortly thereafter, he witnesses their killing. So begin the core themes found in all great westerns: heartache, revenge, and, most importantly, redemption.

On a sunny, windy day in Cannes, Mikkelsen—who was last at the festival in 2012 when he picked up the best actor award for Thomas Vinterberg’s The Hunt—sat down at the Silencio terrace and talked about his career, The Salvation, and one particularly nasty accident that happened on set.

DAVID BOURGEOIS: Congrats on the film, nicely done. How’s the festival going for you so far?
MADS MIKKELSEN: Thanks, it’s going great. Well, it started off bad in the sense that all the planes were striking. So I had to drive from Barcelona and rent a car and go all the way down here. But we’re happy to be here and proud of our film, and Cannes has been hospitable once again and invited us.

BOURGEOIS: I’m a big fan of westerns, and it’s a really well done film. It’s a nice change of pace amidst the other… heavier types of films being shown here.
MIKKELSEN: [laughing] What we call kitchen-sink dramas…

DAVID BOURGEOIS: Exactly. So tell me, growing up in Denmark, did you watch a lot of westerns?
MIKKELSEN: Like everyone else, yes. But I’m not in the same club as Kristian [Levring], the director. He has a love affair with westerns, and making one has been a childhood dream since he was five years old, I think. But I saw westerns. I was getting more interested when Clint [Eastwood] came up and made a masterpiece himself with Unforgiven. But the anthology of the western is always there: the good versus evil, the revenge, the justice. You see that in kung-fu films, you see that in Akira Kurosawa films. You see that mythology in a lot of places. But what’s important about all those films is that you have to throw some people in there, you have to throw a drama in there. The genre then becomes the hat you wear later on. But you first focus on making a drama. In The Salvation, something dreadful and heartbreaking is happening to Jon, and he looses everything he’s ever had. And then he loses everything once more.

BOURGEOIS: Your character clearly seems to be in a no-win situation. In preparing for the role, did you look at other acting performances in westerns or just go in cold?
MIKKELSEN: I tend not to have any references to anything. I just jump into the script in front of me. If you reference too much, you have no idea if the performances are right. A funny story about that: All the houses shown in this film are true. Kristian studied the time and photos, and he knows for a fact that the reason all the western towns built on Hollywood [sets] were three stories, was because the square-foot price to build in Hollywood was so expensive. So they just built them like that; it had nothing to do with how houses actually were in the [old] west. So you have to be careful with references.

BOURGEOIS: Do you recall specific westerns, ones that stand out in your mind?
MIKKELSEN: All the Ford films—Kristian can name all of them, I can’t. I saw a lot and liked them. Those are images that are printed on your imagination. I vividly remember Charles Bronson’s face in Chino. The western genre is screaming for a face like that. This is a man who’s been through some hard times. Words so often fuel westerns, they’re set in a different time when we didn’t talk too much. The scenario, the stenography, the landscape tell the story about a little man against the universe. So faces are important for the western genre. We have plenty of remarkable ones in our film, one being Eric Cantona [who plays a killer named the Corsican]. He’s born for that as well.

BOURGEOIS: One challenge for non-American actors playing in westerns is nailing the accent. How’d that work for you? Did it come naturally?
MIKKELSEN: We weren’t going for any accent, actually—more of a neutral thing. You’ve got to remember, the West was built by Europeans. It was probably a cacophony of a hundred different accents. People may speak German with each other in one corner, but they speak English to each other [somewhere else], with the French in another. We really weren’t too worried about the accents, because multiple languages were commonplace back then. We just wanted to lean towards Midwest-kind-of-whatever—at least get away from the British [accent].

BOURGEOIS: A little bit on your background: You were a gymnast and dancer. Did those skills come into play when you were doing the action sequences?
MIKKELSEN: For sure. The skills are always there, but I’m not super-aware of it much anymore. I was a gymnast for many years before I was a dancer, so it comes in pretty handy when we do stunts. [He turns and points off the balcony to patio about 20 feet below.] I don’t know, I think I could probably make it down there from here, just do a few flips and land on my feet without getting too many bruises. [laughs] The physicality of any character is always split up into fast, slow, high energy, low energy, what kind of personality he has. So that’s where the physicality comes in. And flying through the air is just something you have to do if they ask you.

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