SUSANNE BIER’S SCANDI-NOIR ‘A 2ND CHANCE’ GETS U.S. THEATRICAL RUN AS WOMEN IN HOLLYWOOD STRIVE, YET REMAIN UNDERREPRESENTED

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“Not since ‘Gone Baby Gone’ has a case of baby-snatching been taken to such ludicrously straight-faced extremes as in ‘A 2nd Chance.’” – Variety, Peter Debruge.

Los Angeles, CA – July 3, 2018 Susanne Bier continues to be scarce gem in Hollywood’s male-dominated director-world with ‘A 2nd CHANCE’ (En chance til) – a gritty, Scandinavian noir starring Game of Thrones’ Nikolaj Coster-Waldau.

In a time of #MeToo and demand for equal pay, Hollywood women and men have stepped into vulnerable spotlight to discuss, share and advocate against Hollywood’s monsters who have engaged in assault, remained silent and allow for female underrepresentation in the entertainment world. “One of the areas in film where the gender gap is most striking is the director’s chair. In 2016’s top 250 films, women accounted for only 7% of all directors, down from 9% in 2015 which is still flat-out terrible,” reported Collider’s Adam Chitwood. Despite 2017’s strides towards Hollywood equality in 2017 with Greta Gerwig’s ‘Lady Bird’ and Patty Jenkins’ ‘Wonder Woman’, the amount of female representation in the cinematic world continues to be low. “But these numbers don’t reflect the reality that female directors are churning out some of the best and most exciting films of our time, when they’re given the chance,” observed Chitwood

As 2018 marks the 100th anniversary of women’s right to vote, “and one century later we are again charged with a historical opportunity to fortify women’s freedoms,” commented Vogue’s Julia Hobbs, several films debuting this month are women-directed, women-written, and overall women-centric. “This July is defying expectations by releasing a bunch of women-centric and -made independent features and documentaries,” observed Beandrea July and Sophie Willard for Women and Hollywood’s July 2018 Film Preview Features, spotlighting ROCK SALT RELEASING’s representation of Bier’s Scandinavian-noir ‘A 2ND CHANCE’ for its weeklong USA theatrical beginning this month.


Photo: Susanne Bier from Campaign

Written by Ander Thomas Jensen (‘All You Need is Love’, ‘In A Better World’), ‘A 2nd CHANCE’ follows Andreas (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) and his drunken, divorcee partner Simon (Ulrich Thomsen) are called out to a domestic disturbance at the home of drug dealer Tristan (Nikolaj Lie Kaas) and his junkie girlfriend, they discover a baby boy abandoned in a closet, covered in his own excrement, and suffering from horrid neglect. As a young father himself, the case inflicts dramatic and unexpected repercussions to Andreas’ private life when his baby boy tragically dies and his life begins to unravel, morals are compromised, and the line between right and wrong become blurred. “Touted as a contender to be the first woman to direct a Bond film, Bier has carved a name for herself as a multifaceted director in an industry that resolutely remains a man’s world,” wrote Campaign’s Nicola Kemp.

Luminary Danish filmmaker, Susanne Bier has become a scarce gem in Hollywood’s male-dominated director-world. Recognized for receiving Golden Globe and the Oscar for Best Foreign Film in 2011 for ‘In A Better World’and Oscar-nominated for ‘After The Wedding’ (2006), Bier effectively captured worldwide television screens with BBC’s ‘The Night Manager’ (starring Tom Hiddleston), acquiring an Emmy-win. Most recently, Bier was prestigiously selected for the Academy’s newly elected 2018-19 Board of Governors. And once again, Bier defies film’s gender gap with her unique and fresh female vision with her gripping, baby snatching drama, ‘A 2nd CHANCE’ featuring a raw and emotional performance from Game of Thrones’ Nikolaj Coster-Waldau as Detective Andreas captures the unthinkable, and how easily we lose our grasp on justice when life is hanging by a thread.

A 2nd Chance receives its first theatrical run in LA this July alongside other selected theaters,” reported Nordic Drama. In collaboration with Trustnordisk and production companies, Zentropa, Zentropa International Sweden, FilmFyn and Film I Vast, ROCK SALT RELEASING will represent ‘A 2nd CHANCE’ in the U.S. for its weeklong theatrical run beginning July 13th at Los Angeles’ Arena Cinelounge Sunset and select theaters. For press inquires, please contact: jenna@tricoast.com.

Initially released in Denmark during May 2015, ‘A 2nd CHANCE’ has participated in several film festivals and has received many accolades including the SIGNIS Award (2014 San Sebastián International Film Festival). Alongside Coster-Waldau, ‘A 2nd CHANCE’ stars award-winning Swedish actress, Maria Bonnevie (‘I Am Dina’, ‘The Banishment”, ‘The 13th Warrior’), Nikolai Lie Kaas (‘Angels & Demons’, ‘Brødre’) and debuting model, Lykke May Andersen. Alongside are Ulrich Thomsen (‘The Blacklist’, ‘The Thing’, ‘Hitman’), nominated Roland Moller (‘Papillon’, ‘Atomic Blonde’, ‘Land of Mine’) and Peter Harber (‘The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo’, ‘Beck’).

 

A 2nd CHANCE (2018, 102 min.) Directed by Susanne Bier. Editor: Pernille Bech Christensen. Cinematographer: Michael Snyman. Original Music: Johan Söderqvist. US, English. Zentropa, Zentropa International Sweden, FilmFyn, Film I Vast. TriCoast Worldwide, Rock Salt Releasing.

PRODUCTION COMPANIES: Zentropa, Zentropa International Sweden, FilmFyn and Film I Vast.

About Rock Salt Releasing, a label of TriCoast Worldwide: 

Daisy Hamilton and Dean Fernando. TriCoast Worldwide is a premium International sales agent, representing the best of US and international films at all the major film markets. Sister company to TriCoast Entertainment and TriCoast Studios, the company is located at the Studio facility in Culver City, Los Angeles. 

Founded by: Strathford Hamilton and Marcy Levitas Hamilton.

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