Norwegian director Staffan Strandberg’s documentary The Night (Natta pappa henta oss) and Dutch director Boudewijn Kool’s feature Disappearance have been supported by Eurimages, the Council of Europe’s Co-Production Fund, which this month (January) decided to back 13 features and two documentaries.
Child’s upbringing with an alcoholic mother
Strandberg’s second documentary is the story of a child’s upbringing with an alcoholic mother, all the time dreaming that daddy will come and pick him up. Now a grown-up, Stefan tells it from the child’s perspective – about longing for maternal love and care, and about the summers with his father and grandparents. The Night will be realised by Norwegian producer Carsten Aanonsen, of Indie Film, with Belgian co-producer Walking the Dog. The project received 250.000 Euro.
Disappearance follows a Dutch woman, who was left by her mother in the Netherlands as a child. Now she finds her in Finnmark, the northernmost county in Norway – she wants reconciliation and to tell her she is fatally ill. Written by Jolein Laarman, Kool’s film is produced by the Netherlands’ Waterland Film (Jan Van der Zanden), with Norway’s Sweet Films (Joachim Lyng, Magnus Ramsdalen).The project received 270.000 Euro.
Framing Mom and The Lion Woman
Last autumn Norwegian directors Vibeke Idsøe’s The Lion Woman (Løvekvinnen) and Sara Johnsen’s Framing Mom (Rose Marie og gartnerens hemmelighet) received Eurimages funding, with Lion Woman receiving 470.000 Euros and Framing Mom receving 280.000 Euros. Idsøe’s film is produced by Oslo’s Filmkameratene (John M Jacobsen, Marcus Brodersen), Sweden’s Tre Vänner, Denmark’s Zentropa Entertainments and Germany’s Gifted Films – Johnsen’s by Norwegian producer Turid Øversveen for 4½ Fiksjon, with Denmark’s Nimbus Film and Germany’s Match Factory co-producing.