Fresh off A Conspiracy of Faith, Hans Petter Moland is set to direct the adaptation of Per Petterson’s award-winning novel Out Stealing Horses. He has been working on the project for a year in collaboration with Oktober Publishing and 4 1/2 Productions.
Petterson wrote Out Stealing Horses in 2003, which was crowned with Norway’s two top literary awards, the Norwegian Critics Prize and Norwegian Booksellers Best Book of the Year. When it was published in English two years later, it won the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize. In 2007, the New York Times Book Review included it on its list of the ten best books of the year.
The story follows sixty seven year old Trond, now a widower, who has moved to a forest village similar to the one he used to go on holiday with his father fifty years ago. Now the memories return and he is confronted with his life and feelings from 1948.
“I was very happy when I learned that Moland would be making the film,” Petterson told Norway’s Filter Film & TV. “The plan has been on and off for many years, but he is a director whom I trust; he wrote me a letter about how he would do it, which I simply fell in love with.” In 2008, it was announced that Norwegian director Marius Holst would adapt the novel, but the project was never financed.