Dutch director Boudewijn Koole, whose Little Bird (Kauwboy)[+] won the European Film Award as European Discovery of the Year besides another 12 prizes on the international festival circuit, has earlier this month (7 August) started principal photography for his new film Beyond Sleep on locations in northern Norway.
The film – based on Dutch author Willem Frederik Herman’s 1966 bestseller – is staged as a Dutch-Norwegian co-production, backed by Dutch producer Hanneke Niens’KeyFilm with Norwegian director Aage Aaberge’s Neofilm, in collaboration with the Norwegian regional film centre, Filmcamp Norge, Nordisk Film, TrustNordisk International Sales, with support from the Netherlands Film Fund Cobo, the Norwegian Film Institute and Filmcamp.
With Norwegian actors Pål Sverre Hagen (Kon-Tiki[+]), Thorbjørn Harr and Anders Baasmo Christiansen in leading roles, Beyond Sleep is described as “a survival quest by a young geologist searching for a stone from Heaven,” following Dutch geologist Alfred Issendorf (played by Reinout Scholten van Aschat) travelling to northern Finnmark with a group of Norwegians.
Sverre Hagen is the Norwegian student, who guides the group through the harsh Norwegian wild, where they will explore a theory by Issendorf’s professor-father that craters in the northern Norwegian landscape were created by meteors. “Filming Beyond Sleep has been a dream for me – I am happy and proud that Herman’s heirs have trusted me with this masterpiece,” said Koole. Nordisk Film Distribusjon has scheduled the Norwegian release for next spring.