The Nordisk Film & TV Fond has announced it will support six films, two television series and two documentaries in its May round of funding.
Among the feature films is The Spy (Spionen), which is based on a true story. The film focuses on Norwegian actress Sonja Wigert (pictured), who was Scandinavia’s leading film star in the 1940s. She was also a double agent. Working for Swedish intelligence, she met Nazi leader Josef Terboven who recruited her as a German spy. Her spying activities make it difficult for her to pursue a love affair with a Hungarian diplomat. The Norwegian spy thriller/biopic is written by Harald Rosenløw Eeg (The King’s Choice) and directed by Jens Jonsson (The King of Ping Pong, Easy Money 3). 4 1/2 Fiction will produce the film.
Also being funded is the film adaptation of the popular Swedish television series Solsidan. Swedish directors Felix Herngren and Måns Herngren (The 101 Year Old Man Who Skipped the Bill and Disappeared) will adapt their own television series. Here the main characters Alex and Anna, Fredde & Mickan, Ove & Anette are challenged with divorce, infertility and unwritten rules in the small summer resort of Torekov, Skåne. Jesper Harrie (Bonusfamiljen) has penned the script. Filming will wrap this summer and the premiere is set for late 2017. SF Studios will handle the domestic distribution and SF Studios International world sales.
Lastly, the film Border has received funding. The Swedish horror/supernatural by rising director Ali Abbasi (Shelley) previously received funding from the Nordisk Film & TV Fond’s Nordic Genre Boost. Based on a short story by genre writer John Ajvide Lindqvist (Let the Right One In), it’s the story of Tina, a border patrol officer with a sixth sense for detecting smugglers. One day the suspiciously-looking Vore steps off the ferry. She knows he is hiding something, but for the first time ever, she cannot identify what it is and becomes obsessed with him.
To view all the projects that received funding, head to the Nordisk Film & TV Fond website here.