The Nordisk Film and TV Fund has allocated its June round of funding to a series of upcoming Nordic productions. Here are the recipients:
- Backstabbing for Beginners: Per Fly’s political thriller is based on the novel by former UN employee and whistle-blower Michael Soussan. This will be Fly’s first English-language project and follows the ‘oil for food’ programme set up to allow Iraq to sell oil in return for humanitarian relief.
- The Eternal Road: This period drama by Finnish director Aku Louhimies is based on the best-selling novel by Antti Turri and focuses on an American-Finn named Jussi Ketola who is living peacefully on a farm, until one night right-wrings abduct him and drive him to the Soviet Union. Filming is due to start in late November.
- The Girl, the Mother & the Demons: Directed by Swede Suzanne Osten, this thriller is about the loyalty a child feels towards a parent, regardless of behaviour. The film is currently shooting and is set to be released in February 2016.
- The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Mäki: This directorial debut from Finnish director Juho Kuosmanen is based on true events that occurred in 1962. Olli Mäki is the first ever Finn to fight for the world championship in boxing – he lost in the second round but sees it as the best day of his life. The filming will start on the 29th of August.
- Dehli’s vackraste händer: Directed by Hannes Holm, this three-part mini series is based on Mikael Bergstrand’s best-selling novel. Inspired by the authors own experience, the film is a take on culture clashes in a relationship between a Swede and an Indian.
- School of Democracy: This documentary by Lise Birk-Pedersen explores the meaning of democracy through the portrayal of Beppe Grillo’s Movimento. The feature-length doco will be released mid-December