Nordisk Film & TV Fond has granted support to five feature films and one TV series in its October round of support.

Feature films

  • Triangle of Sadness
    Grant: NOK 3.5 million
    Recipient: Plattform Production
    Producer: Erik Hemmendorff
    Writer/director: Ruben Östlund
    Domestic distribution: SF Studios
    World sales: The Coproduction Office
    Expected premiere: 2021
    Story: The contemporary satire takes off in the glamorous world of fashion, continues on a luxury yacht and ends on a desert island, where hierarchies are turned upside down. Östlund’s first English language film is produced by Plattform Production, in co-production with Philippe Bober’s Essential Film Production in Germany and Société Parisienne de Production in France, Film i Väst, SVT, Arte/ZDF, with support from the Swedish Film Institute.
  • The Dragon Girl (Dragejenta) 
    Grant: NOK 2.5 million
    Recipient: Storm Film, Norway
    Producer: Frederick P.N. Howard, Lars A. Hellebust
    Writers: Lars Gudmestad, Harald Rosenløw Eeg
    Director: Katarina Launing
    Domestic distribution: Nordisk Film
    Expected premiere: fall 2020
    Story: The adventure family film tells the story of Gina (10) who lives by the motto ‘never be seen-never get to know anybody!’ When she meets a small dragon – a real one - she soon discovers that a fire-breathing dragon is not the easiest friend to have.

    The film directed by Launing (Battle), is based on an original story from seasoned writing duo Gudmestad (Zombielars, Captain Sabertooth and the Treasure of Lama Rama) and Eeg (Valley of Knights-Mira’s Magical Christmas, The Wave). Filming is set to start in January 2020. The film is co-produced by the Czech Republic’s Evolution Film and Dutch company Volya Films, with support from the Norwegian Film Institute.
  • Riders of Justice (Retfærdighedens ryttere)
    Grant: 2.5 million
    Recipient: Zentropa
    Producer: Sisse Graum Jørgensen
    Writer/director: Anders Thomas Jensen
    Domestic distribution: Nordisk Film
    Full details will be announced soon.   

  • Kill the Poet (Drepum skáldid)
    Grant: NOK 1.8 million
    Recipient: Spellbound Production, Iceland
    Producer: Gudrun Edda Thorhannesdóttir
    Writer: Jón Óttar Ragnarsson
    Director: Fridrik Thor Fridriksson
    Domestic distribution: Sena
    Story: Iceland's greatest - and poorest - young poet and a female painter from one of Reykjavík's wealthiest families begins an epic, star-crossed love affair during World War II, at a time when artists were being blacklisted by Communist witch-hunts. The film takes place between Reykjavík and New York. The film is based on the true ‘Romeo and Juliet’ love story between Icelandic great poet Steinn Steinarr [1908-1958] and painter Louisa Matthíasdóttir.

    After a 10-year gap from feature film directing, Iceland’s grand master Fridriksson will return behind the camera for this dream project that combines his love for Icelandic abstract expressionism and passion for Steinn Steinarr poetry. 
  • Ninjababy (Fallteknikk)
    Grant: NOK 500,000
    Recipient: Motlys
    Producer: Yngve Sæther
    Writer: Johan Fasting
    Director: Yngvild Sve Flikke
    Key cast: Kristine Thorp, Arthur Berning, Nader Khademi
    Domestic distribution: Arthaus
    World sales: TrustNordisk
    Expected premiere: September 2020
    Story: The quirky dramedy which mixes live-action and animation, is based on Inga H. Sætre’s graphic novel Falltknikk (The Art of Falling). It’s the story of Rakel (23), who finds out she’s six months pregnant after a one-night stand. Her boyfriend (who’s not the father) is ok with her having a baby, but Rakel is not ready for motherhood and thinks of adoption as a way out. That’s when Ninjababy, an animated character who insists on making Rakel’s everyday life a living hell, turns up. Inga H Sætre will handle the animation, in collaboration with Oscar-winning Mikrofilm (The Danish Poet).

TV series

  • Cargo (Rahti)
    Format: 8x55’
    Grant: NOK 1.8 million
    Recipient: Fremantle Finland
    Producer: Kirsi Hatara
    Writers: Matti Kunnunen (head-writer), Tarja Kylmä, Johanna Hartikainen, Veikko Aaltonen
    Director: Matti Kinnunen
    Commissioning broadcaster: Yle
    Global distribution: Fremantle
    Expected premiere: fall 2021
    Story: Cargo is a social thriller that tells about international human trafficking. In a world ruled by greed, violence and abuse, there’s also hope, dreams and unyielding struggles for survival. The series was pre-sold to NRK, SVT, RÚV, DR, and received co-financing from Business Finland. 

Distribution Support

  • NOK 130,000 to Camera Film, Denmark, for the release of the Norwegian documentary The Men’s Room 
  • NOK75,000 to Myndform, Iceland for the release of the Danish animated film Up & Away 

Dubbing support 

  • NOK 100,000 to Myndform, Iceland for the dubbing of the Danish animated film Up & Away 
  • NOK 350,000 to Scanbox for the dubbing of the Norwegian animated film Ella Bella Bingo