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Eurimages supports new Scandinavian productions

Twenty-five new fiction films, one documentary and one animation have been funded by the Council of Europe’s Eurimages Fund after a meeting in Bratislava at the end of June.

In total, €7,104,430 will be allocated to these projects.

Among these projects support, we find some Nordic selections. First is the Romanian/Swedish coproduction titled Alice T and directed by Radu Muntean. Muntean is described as one of the central figures of the new Romanian Wave.

Next is History of Love, directed by Sonja Prosenc and a coproduction between Slovenia, Italy and Norway. This is the first-ever Slovenian/Italian/Norwegian co-production and will star Norwegian actor Kristoffer Joner. Doroteja Nadrah is cast in the main role as a girl who, after the death of her mother, submerges herself in a world completely different from the one she is used to.

Also receiving funding is the Estonian/Finnish coproduction The Last Ones by Veiko Õunpuu. Described as a mix between crime and comedy, a mining village in Lapland is made up of piled up, dilapidated construction trailers and mobile homes. It becomes the meeting point for the hatred between herders and miners. Their only common sources of solace are alcohol and the rare prostitute that drops by the village. One of the miners, Rupi, is the son of a local reindeer herder chief. In his free time, Rupi traffics in illegal prescription pills for the owner of the mine. The owner forces him to swindle his only friend who then gets murdered. Rupi falls in love with his friend’s widow. The boy finds comfort in love but comfort is as brief as a star shooting through the sky in this old-testament mining story where a happy ending would truly be a miracle. This film (which sounds amazing) will be released in 2018.

Selma Vilhunen‘s new film, Stupid Young Heart, has also received funding. Hot off the success of her recent hits HobbyHorse Revolution and Little WingStupid Young Heart is a story about the first love of lightly built, carefree Lenni and gorgeous and popular Kiira. Not yet even properly in a relationship, they discover that they are expecting a baby, and decide to keep it – partly as a statement to their families who have lost touch with what goes on in the teenagers’ lives. Lenni then has nine months to become a man. Having grown up without a father figure, Lenni receives some yearned for adult attention from an unlikely friend JANNE (40), a member of a right-wing activist group. After taking part in a scrambled attack on a local Mosque, while Kiira is rushed to the hospital to give birth, Lenni realises that he can be a man in his own way, even if he never had a chance to be a child himself.

Last but not least is the Swedish/Danish film Border by Ali Abbasi. When a border guard with a sixth sense for identifying smugglers encounters the first person she cannot prove is guilty, she is forced to confront terrifying revelations about herself and humankind. Abbasi is best known for her previous horror film, Shelley.

 

Emma Vestrheim

Emma Vestrheim is the editor-in-chief of Cinema Scandinavia. Originally from Australia, she is now based in Bergen, Norway, and attends major Nordic film festivals to conduct interviews and review new films.