Norwegian producer John M Jacobsen and Hallvard Bræin have the sequel ready for their Amanda-winning car racing comedy.
Norwegian veteran producer John M Jacobsen is known for his point that “at Filmkameratene we don’t waste our time on films that we don’t believe will sell at least 100,000 tickets.”
He was right about his two latest productions – Norwegian director Hallvard Bræin’s Børning and Grethe Bøe-Waal’sOperation Arctic (Operasjon Arktis) – which both garnered him an Amanda, Norway’s national film prize, in Haugesund: they reached 382,670 and 271,150.
Norway’s first car racing film Børning, from Oslo to North Cape – a twist of Cannonball Run (1981) – received both the Amanda Award for Best Norwegian Film in theatrical release and the People’s Amanda, voted by local audiences – and two other awards.
– I went for the project, because I thought it was time to make the first proper film on the subject in Norway, he explained.
Jacobsen and Bræin have twice applied for support to stage the sequel; after two refusals they are now waiting for the Norwegian Film Institute’s decision on 1 September. With the same team behind the camera, Børning 2 will send the fast cars from Norway through Sweden and Finland to Murmansk in Russia.
Meanwhile, Jacobsen and Marcus Brodersen have completed production of Norwegian director Vibeke Idsøe’s fourth feature,The Lion Woman (Løvekvinnen), from Norwegian author Erik Fosnes Hansen’s bestseller, with an international cast of Rolf Lassgård, Ken Duken and Lisa Loven Kongsli.
A century ago a girl in a small community was born with yellow hair all over her body, and the film follows her first 25 years, when she insists on living like other children, still she feels isolated. Co-produced by Sweden’s Tre Vänner, Denmark’s Zentropa Entertainments and Germany’s Gifted Films, the drama will open on 24 August 2016.
Another project in the pipeline is King’s Bay, from Norwegian director Stig Svendsen. Jacobsen calls it “the first real political thriller made in Norway.
– It’s about the mine accident in the autumn of 1962, which later forced the Social Democratic government to resign – but what if it was not an accident after all?
King’s Bay is also waiting for public funding.