The Ninja Force in Cannes

Eric’s note: this is a special photo report by the Ninja Force’s Cannes intern and all-round good-guy Klaus Sandvik. He’s finishing his producing studies at the Norwegian National Filmschool in Lillehammer this summer, and joined us for a week of Ninja activities during the festival. He participated in sales meetings, helped organize press work, ran errands, and of course dressed up as a Ninja for our special 17th of May gathering!

Here he is:

Klaus writes:

During the last few days, Norwegian Ninja writer/director Thomas C. Malling and lead actor Mads Ousdal visited the Cannes Film Festival to do press and promo work, mainly aimed at the home audience.

Interview in the Cannes harbor. From left: lead actor Mads Ousdal, writer/director Thomas Cappelen Malling, distributor Kjetil Omberg and journalist Frank Johnsen. Photo by Klaus Sandvik.

Our Nordic distributor Euforia Film also hosted a special ninja barbecue on the 17th of May, aka. the Norwegian Constitutional Day,

Ready for celebrating the 17th of May. From left: writer/director Thomas Cappelen Malling, lead actor Mads Ousdal and producer Eric Vogel. Photo by Klaus Sandvik.

With smuggled Norwegian sausages, lompe (potato tortillas) and other treats on offer, friends, journalists, cinema owners and other industry workers came by to celebrate. Yours truly and Euforia boss Kjetil Omberg manned the BBQ. The atmosphere was good, and it was easy to forget that you actually were at the world’s biggest film festival – a good distance away from beloved Norway.

Barbecue party at the Euforia villa. Photo by Klaus Sandvik.
Barbecue party at the Euforia villa pt. II. Photo by Klaus Sandvik.

In Cannes, producer Eric Vogel has been working on securing the film’s international launch. Under the title “Norwegian Ninja” the movie is already being offered to international buyers by the excellent sales company Celluloid Nightmares, following a deal that was made earlier in the festival. And according to Eric, response is strong. So hopefully the movie will be available to watch at local cinemas and rental stores all over the world!