Sweden’s internationally acclaimed Tomas Alfredson (pictured) took the lion’s share of Nordisk Film & TV Fond’s May round of production support - NOK2.7 million out of a total of NOK5.4 million-with his highly anticipated Swedish project Brothers Lionheart.
The project had previously received NOK300,000 in development support. Alfredson will work on Astrid Lindgren’s book adaptation with a highly skilled writing team: John Ajvide Lindqvist and Peter Straughan who individually shared the writing credits on Let the Right One In and Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy. Cinematographer Hoyte van Hoytema whose name was attached to these two films has also signed up for The Brothers Lionheart. The fantasy feature tells the adventures of two brothers, who leave their miserable life in 1914 Stockholm for the alternate realm of Nangiyala, a paradise under threat from the evil war lord Tengil. Peter Gustafsson is producing for Another Park Film/Brothers Lionheart, in co-production with Norway’s 4½ Fiction.
The 10x60’ TV series Waldemars produced by Malte Forssell for NICE Drama was granted NOK1.8 million. The original series written by Niklas Rockström and Morgan Jensen is a chronicle about two brothers and a sister who reunite on the island of Sunnanö, in the Baltic archipelago, when their mother passes away. Filmpool Nord and SVT have also boarded the TV project.
The award-winning Swedish director Göran Hugo Olsson (The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975) was granted NOK500,000 for his new feature documentary Concerning Violence based on newly discovered archive material connected with the most daring moments in the struggle for liberation in Africa. Framed by Frantz Fanon’s landmark book ‘The Wretched of the Earth’, the film will offer a perspective on forms of colonization happening today. Story AB’s Annika Rogell is producing, with Danny Glover’s Louverture Films in the US (who had co-produced The Black Power Mixtape), Final Cut for Real in Denmark and Helsinki Filmi in Finland. Delivery is set for January 2014.
Finally the Norwegian documentary Drone investigating the consequences of the robot revolution in modern warfare was granted NOK400,000. Tonje Hessen Schei is directing for Flimmer Film. Co-producers include SVT and ZDF.