The latest round of funding has been announced by the Nordisk Film og TV Fond, with some familiar names included in the list.
Among them is Tomas Alfredson, who wowed audiences with 2008’s Let the Right One In, a film that is still considered one of the greatest Nordic films of all time. The film launched his international career with the entertaining Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy from 2011. Things were looking up for Alfredson, that is, until The Snowman. This Jo Nesbø adaptation is considered one of the worst movies of 2017 and it doesn’t help that Alfredson came out and said that they didn’t shoot 10-15% of the film (though it looks more like they were missing 25%+). The Snowman currently has 8% on Rotten Tomatoes.
Now Alfredson is back with a new Swedish film called Jönssonligan (English title TBA). After a failed heist, Sickan ends up in jail. When he’s released, his gang buddies have given up their criminal ways and Sickan has to continue on his own. The Nordisk Film og TV Fond leave out Alfredson’s The Snowman when describing the director: “The director of Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy makes his come back to filmmaking in Sweden, ten years after Let the Right One In, and his return to comedy, 15 years after Four Shades of Brown. The film is a reboot of the all-time favourite comedy franchise Jönssonligan”
Honestly, I am excited for a new Alfredson movie. The Snowman was a mess, we know, but Alfredson is a great director and certainly has his own unique style. I am eager to see what he does next.
Lets for a minute talk about the Norwegian film incentives, of which The Snowman was the poster-child. The Norwegian government introduced a tax rebate for international films shot in Norway. The first two, The Snowman and Downsizing did horribly at the box office. Alfredson blamed the films failings on the shooting schedule in Norway. The other major tax incentive film, Mission Impossible, disguises Norway as India. Sure, they include Kristoffer Joner at the start as a little reference to Norway, but who could ever believe Pulpit Rock is in India? What I’m getting at is – why are these films doing so terribly? Whoever is handling the film incentive needs to re-think their strategy. Norway has so much to offer, but these films are not great examples of this.