Christmas King

In the January round of support from the Nordisk Film and TV Fund, a total of 5.6 million NOK (around $1 million USD) was given out to help various Scandinavian productions.

The largest support was given to the Norwegian fairytale ‘The Christmas King’. The film is a spin off to the NRK christmas calendar series, and tells the story of Gran who sets on a mission to save Christmas, which of course was cancelled by various evil forces ruling the magical Knight Valley. Filming has just finished in the Czech Barrandov studios and is now continuing on in Oslo. The film premieres in the Norwegian fall.

Here’s an overview of the other recipients straight from the Nordisk Film and TV fund:

The Norwegian comedy Grand Hotel produced by Karin Julsrud for 4½ Fiction was granted NOK 1.2 million. Arild Fröhlich (Doctor Proctor’s Fart Powder) directs the comedy written by Megan Gallagher about a pompous ageing alcoholic and a 10 year-old boy who are forced to spend a week at a high-end hotel. Atle Antonsen has the title role. Sweden’s B-Reel and Denmark’s Fago Film are co-producing. Pre-sales were locked among others with broadcasters NRK, SVT, TV2 Denmark , C-more, and distributors Euforia Film in Norway, Triart in Sweden and Camera Film in Denmark. TrustNordisk will handle world sales.

The Danish sci-fi thriller Fang Rung produced by Birgitte Skov for SF Film Production was granted NOK 1.4 million. Set in the flooded city of a future Copenhagen, the film features human clones, sent back from the year 2095 to obtain a plant that can turn salt water into fresh water and save the world from a disastrous flooding. Max Kestner makes his feature film debut.

The Icelandic TV drama Case (9×45’) produced by Arnbjörg Hafliðadóttir for Sagafilm was granted NOK 1.4 million. The spin-off of the successful legal drama The Court (Rettur) is a thriller that evolves out of a single case. A broken lawyer exposes the dark side of society and judiciary system through his investigation into the suspicious suicide of a teenage ballet prodigy. Baldvin Z is directing the show co-written by Thorleifur Orn Arnarsson and Andri Ottarsson. Filming starts in April and the premiere on Channel 2 is set for late 2015.

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