Oscar-nominated Norwegian director Nils Gaup, who is currently working on his historical epic The Last King, has set up a production company, Paranord Film, Alta – in Finnmark, the northernmost county of Norway and his Sámi home – and is supporting the efforts to keep production in Norway local.
“Film is culture, but it should also be considered a trade – most of The Last King, which I am involved in, has been shot in Budapest, Hungary; Dead Snow 2: Red vs Dead [+], which takes place in Finnmark, was primarily filmed in Iceland,” Gaup explained.
Starring Kristofer Hivju, Jakob Oftebro and Pål Sverre Hagen, the €5.4 million The Last King is set during Norway’s Civil War in 1206 and follows the two men who escape with two-year-old Prince Haakon Haakonsson. Half of the kingdom is out to kill him, and so their journey changes the history of Norway forever. Norwegian newcomer Ravn Lanesskog has written the original screenplay, which is being realised by Norwegian producers Finn Gjerdrum and Stein B Kvae, of Paradox, with Ireland’s Newgrange Pictures and Hungary’s Proton Cinema.
A native Sámi, actor-director Gaup was Oscar-nominated for his feature debut, Pathfinder, aka Ofelas (1987), the first Sámi-language film ever produced; he returned to his roots inThe Kautokeino Rebellion [+] (2008), based on actual events that took place in his home town. Most recently, he directed Glass Dolls [+], from Norwegian author Jorun Thørring’s thriller.
At the Finnmark Conference in Alta, Gaup disclosed his plans for his new production company, which has been instigated with Norwegian producer Linn Henriksen. Their first project will be a horror movie, Fear of Darkness, which will be shot in Kongsfjord, Finnmark.