NOTHING, directed by Trine Piil has been selected for the 17th annual Fantastic Fest. The film is based on Danish author Janne Teller’s bestselling novel by the same name. SF Studios distributes the film locally. Janne Teller’s novel has been published in more than 30 territories and has sold over 1.5 million copies worldwide. Furthermore, the book has been adapted into more than 150 different theatre productions worldwide.
Fantastic Film Fest has just announced this year’s lineup and NOTHING will be screening as an “Official Selection” at the festival.
Director of the film, Trine Piil says: “It’s a great honour to be selected for this year’s Fantastic Fest. We are looking very much forward to being part of the festival and to introducing our film, NOTHING, to the American audiences.” Producer, Thomas Lydholm adds: “For a Danish independent feature film like NOTHING, it is a huge recognition to be invited to screen our film as part of the official selection at Fantastic Fest. I am very grateful for this recognition.”
Sales and Marketing Director at REinvent International Sales, Helene Aurø says : “We are thrilled and honoured to have NOTHING screen at this year’s Fantastic Fest. We hope the American audiences are ready for a chilling and thought provoking experience.”
NOTHING is a raw and unpolished tale about a group of young people who, confronted with the meaninglessness of life, embark on a journey away from the safety and the innocence of childhood. The film stars a crowd of emerging young talent including Vivelill S. Holm (Elves, 2021) Harald K. Hermann (The Day Will Come, 2016) alongside the experienced Peter Gantzler (Italian for Beginners, 2000).
Pierre Anthon and his classmates have just started 9th grade, when Pierre Anthon declares that life has no meaning, leaves school and moves up in a tree, refusing to come down. This sparks an existential crisis amongst his classmates. They decide to gather their most valuable belongings in a “heap of meaning” that will convince Pierre Anthon that he is wrong. A dangerous, disturbing, and controversial study of what really matters has begun. What started out with innocent offerings to the heap soon turns into a spiral of psychological violence: the more painful the sacrifice is, the more it means and the more is asked of the next in line.
Trine Piil has adapted the book to the screen and has directed the film together with the US director and actors’ coach, Seamus McNally. The film is a Danish-German co-production between Film & Lydholm and Komplizen Film and is produced by Oscar-nominated producer Thomas Lydholm together with German producer Janine Jackowski (Tony Erdmann, 2016). DR has secured the Danish broadcasting rights.
The film premiered locally on May 19th 2022.
About Fantastic Fest
Fantastic Fest runs from September 22nd – 29th, 2022 in Austin, Texas. Fantastic Fest (www.fantasticfest.com) is one of the largest and most influential genre-oriented film events in North America. The festival is a member of the Melies Federation of European Fantastic Film Festivals and has been named by Variety as one of the “10 Festivals We Love” alongside internationally renowned events such as Cannes, Telluride and Toronto.