The Norwegian Film Institute will chip in €0.9 million (NOK 6.7 million) for four Norwegian minority productions, ie films with foreign main producers and local participation: two Swedish, one Irish and one Dutch.
A Man Called Ove
Norway’s Fantefilm Fiksjon will co-produce Swedish director Hannes Holm’s A Man Called Ove, starring Swedish actor Rolf Lassgård in “a heartfelt, poetic and humorous” portrait of a grumpy old man who has given up everyone including himself, until a new family moves in next door. Scripted by Holm, the adaption of Fredrik Backmann’s bestselling novel will be produced by Sweden’s Tre Vänner (Annica Bellander). Norwegian producers are Are Heidenstrøm and Martin Sundland.
Swedish director Ted Kjellson’s feature debut, Vallona, will be staged by Swedish producers Gila Bergquist Ulfung and Karl Fredrik Ulfung, of Breidablick Film Production, with Norway’s Silje Hopland Eik, of Cinenord Kidstory. Lena Ollmark and Mats Wänblad wrote the adventure story for children and young audiences about 12-year-old Karl Dymling, who goes on a diving expedition with his mother near her home city, where many ships have mysteriously been wrecked, including the Vallona.
What It Was Like Seeing Chris
Norwegian producers Finn Gjerdrum and Stein B Kvae, of Paradox Rettigheter, have joined Ireland’s Newgrange Pictures (Jackie Larkin, Lesley McKimm) to produce Irish director Tom Cairns’ What It Was Like Seeing Chris, from a short story by Deborah Eisenberg, which she also scripted with the director. Laurel is on the threshold between young girl and grown-up woman; she is scared by her adult feelings, when she falls in love with and older man, also by her weakening eyesight.
Dutch director Boudewijn Kool’s Disappearance will be produced by the Netherlands’ Waterland Film (Jan Van der Zanden), with Norway’s Sweet Films (Joachim Lyng, Magnus Ramsdalen). Jolein Laarman screenplay follows a woman, who searches out his mother in Finnmark, the northernmost country in Norway; the mother left her in the Netherlands, when she was a child, and now she both wants to reconcile herself with her – and to tell her she is fatally ill.