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Three films, two TV series and three documentaries receive funding

12 JUNE 2020

Ballon Wars / PHOTO: House of Real

In its May round of support, Nordisk Film & TV Fond has granted NOK 15.3m (€1.4m) in production funding to eight high-quality projects such as Erik Poppe’s The Emigrants.


Feature Films

  • The Emigrants (Utvandrarna-sista brevet till Sverige)
    Grant: NOK 3.5 million
    Recipient: SF Studios Production, Sweden
    Producer: Fredrik Wikström Nicastro
    Director: Erik Poppe
    Writers: Anna Bache-Wiig, Siv Rajendram Eliassen
    Domestic distribution: SF Studios
    World Sales: REinvent Studios
    The ambitious epic is co-produced by Paradox, Fantefilm in Norway and SF Studios in Denmark, with co-financing from Film i Väst, C More/TV4, support from the Swedish Film Institute, the Norwegian Film Institute and the Danish Film Institute.

    Story: A young mother leaves poverty-stricken Sweden in the 1850s to set out on a dangerous journey, hoping to find a better life for herself and her children in America. The film is based on Vilhelm Moberg’s classic book series The Emigrants, told from the point of view of the character Kristina Nilsson, interpreted in Jan Troell’s 1971 film version by Liv Ullmann.

    Filming is due to start early September in Sweden.

    Fredrik Wikström Nicastro, SVP International Production at SF Studios said: “Adapting these [The Emigrants] books has been a dream of mine for 30 years, so hard to grasp its finally coming together! There will be high expectations as this is such a beloved story, so it's really crucial all pieces come together as strongly as possible. We are staying focused, but also trying to enjoy the ride.”
  • Sailor, My Love
    Grant: NOK 2 million
    Recipient: Making Movies, Finland
    Producers: Kaarle Aho, Kai Nordberg
    Director: Klaus Härö
    Writers: Jimmy Karlsson, Kirsi Vikman
    Domestic distribution: Nordisk Film
    The film is co-produced by Ireland’s Samson Films, Belgium’s Umedia, with co-financing from Screen Ireland, Irish section 481 cash rebate, Ireland’s Wrap Fund, support from the Finnish Film Foundation, Yle, Finland’s Konstsamfundet.

    Story: A retired and widowed sea captain falls in love with his home aid. But his middle-aged daughter does not approve of the relationship. Sailor, My Love is the multi-awarded director Klaus Härö’s first foray into English-language filmmaking. Filming on the West coast of Ireland is set to start in the fall.
  • Chicken Boy (Berdreymi)
    Grant: NOK 1.2 million
    Recipient: Join Motion Pictures, Iceland
    Producer: Anton Máni Svansson
    Writer/Director: Guðmundur Arnar Guðmundsson
    Domestic distribution: Sena

    Story: A teenage boy, raised by a self-claimed psychic mother, takes a bullied kid into his group of violent misfits. As the boys’ troubles escalate to life-threatening situations, an inner voice awakes in the boy, and with the help of his mother and his new friend, he manages to find his own path."

    Guðmundsson’s sophomore film after his acclaimed debut Heartstone, is co-produced by Denmark’s Motor and Sweden’s Hobab, with support from the Icelandic Film Centre among others. Pre-sales have been secured with Mer Filmdistribusjon in Norway and Scanbox for the rest of Scandinavia.
    Filming is set to start in September, with a delivery date penned for spring 2021. 

TV Series

  • TROM
    Format: 8x45’
    Grant: NOK 3.5 million
    Recipient: REinvent Studios, Denmark, KYK Pictures, The Faroe Islands
    Producers: Rikke Ennis, Jón Hammer
    Writers: Torfinnur Jákupsson (head-writer) and Donna Sharpe
    Concept director: Kasper Barfoed
    Commissioning broadcasters: Nent Group’s Viaplay, KVF
    World sales: REinvent Studios International
    The series is co-financed by ZDF/Arte, VRT and DR.

    Story: TROM is the first fiction drama series from the exotic and violently raw Faroe Islands, a green oasis on the periphery of the Arctic Circle, where the body of an animal rights activist surfaces in the bloody waters of a local whale killing. Filming is set to start in March 2021.

Three films, two TV series and three documentaries receive funding

Klaus Haro, Gudmundur Arnar Gudmundsson, Erik Poppe / PHOTO: Cata Portin, Mari Mur, BT Stokke

Three films, two TV series and three documentaries receive funding

Trom / PHOTO: Kyk Pictures
  • PLAN B
    Format 8x45’
    Grant: NOK 3 million
    Recipient: Tordenfilm, Norway
    Producer: Nina B. A. Figenschow, Ingunn Sundelin
    Creator/head writer: Kathrine Valen Zeiner
    Conceptual director: Marit Moum Aune
    Commissioning broadcaster: NENT Group’s Viaplay
    The series is co-financed by Storyline Studios, Filmparken, with support from the Norwegian Film Institute.

    Story: Plan B centres on a fertility doctor who refuses to give up the dream of her own child. Elin (40) is driven by instinct, and in her clinic, she has the means to play God. She is both powerless and powerful. How far will she go to get what she wants?
    Filming is set to start November 3rd, 2020.


  • Balloon Wars
    Grant: NOK600,000
    Recipient: House of Real, Denmark
    Producers: Marie Schmidt Olesen, Jesper Jack
    Director: Sissel Morell Dargis
    Distribution: DR, SVT, VGTV, Al-Jazeera English

    Story: In 1998, Brazil was the first country in the world to imprison people who released hot-air balloons. But far from ceasing to exist, the balloon culture simply went underground. The film follows the two gang members Jabá and Ton, who belong to two of the most infamous balloon gangs in Brazil over five of the most dramatic years in recent Brazilian history.

    Marie Schmidt Olesen says that the first shooting period done in 2014 is nearing post-production. As Covid-19 prevented the team from filming a final period, animation was introduced to strengthen one of the themes in the film which is “power of artistic expression when under pressure”. “The idea is to do the animation on top of some of the material we have from the favelas, where of course, life is intolerable at present” said the producer.
    The premiere is set for April 2021.

Three films, two TV series and three documentaries receive funding

Balloon Wars, Jesper Jack, Sissel Morell Dargis, Marie Schmidt Olesen / PHOTO: House Of Real, Marie Skovgaard

Three films, two TV series and three documentaries receive funding

Ballon Wars / PHOTO: House of Real
  • The Most Beautiful Boy in the World (Världen’s vackraste pojke)
    Grant: NOK 800,000
    Recipient: Mantaray Film, Sweden
    Producer: Stina Gardell
    Directors: Kristina Lindström, Kristian Petri
    Distribution: TriArt
    The film is co-financed by SVT, ZDF/Arte, private investors Jonas Gardell Production and Filminvest in Örebro, with support from the Swedish Film Institute.

    Story: At the premiere of Death in Venice, Italian director Luchino Visconti proclaimed his Tadzio ‘the world’s most beautiful boy’. A shadow still, 50 years later, weighs Björn Andrésen’s life. The film is about a dark family history and the price of beauty.

    The premiere is set for late August 2020.
  • The Missing Films
    Grant: NOK 700,000
    Recipient: Danish Documentary Production, Denmark
    Producer: Sigrid Dyekjær
    Directors: Tomas Gislason, Jacob Thuesen
    Distribution: TV2 Denmark, NRK, SVT
    The film was supported by the Danish Film Institute.

    Story: Making film wears down director Lars von Trier, but he is not able to live without them. The film depicts the celebrated director’s all-consuming love for film, and his long-time friendship with Tomas Gislason and Jacob Thuesen.The premiere is schedule for May 2021.


  • NOK 92,000 to Scanbox for the theatrical release in Sweden of the Danish film Into the Darkness by Anders Refn.