Based on a well-known Norwegian novel by Per Petterson [+], the film will tell the story of Trond, who has moved to a remote house in a forest so he can grieve the death of his wife. The countryside is distributed, however, by a chance encounter with a neighbour whom he knew when he was young. That summer, which was way back in 1948, was when his father disappeared for good. That same summer for the first time he felt close a woman, the same one who disappeared with his father.
Starring in the film is Stellan Skarsgård [+] and Bjørn Floberg [+]. Producer Turid Øverseen [+] told the Fond they are currently casting other parts, and shooting will take place in February/March 2018 and June/July 2018. The film is co-produced by Zentropa [+] with NRK [+] and DR [+].
Out Stealing Horses is not the only new film receiving funding. A new Finnish film titled The Human Part (Ihmisen osa) [+] has received funding as it currently shoots. This film tells the story of a family torn apart, and from that, an imposter is born who has to bring his family together and make it stronger than ever. In the main roles are Hannu-Pekka Björkman [+], Kari Hietalahti [+], Ria Kataja [+], Asko Sarkola [+], Armi Toivanen [+], Leena Uotila [+] as well as Della McLoud and Nicole Stiles. The Human Part is directed by Juha Lehtola [+] for Finland’s Bufo Oy [+] and the comedy is inspired by Nordic Council Literature prize-winner Kari Hotakainen [+]. The award-winning cinematographer J-P Passi, who worked on The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Maki [+], is attached to the film.
In addition to these films, four documentaries received funding. The first is The Deminer, a Swedish documentary about a father of eight who embarks on a military mission to Mosul, Iraq, to fight terrorism after Saddam Hussein’s downfall in 2003. The documentary is directed by Hogir Hirori and Shinwar Kamal and will have its world premiere at the IDFA’s main feature film competition. Secondly is Stronger Than a Bullet, a Swedish documentary about the use of Iranian war propaganda to manipulate and control. Stronger Than a Bullet is directed by Maryam Ebrahimi and will screen at the IDFA’s First Appearance Competition. Thirdly is Aleppo’s Fall, which follows Norwegian-Syrian director Nizam Najar as he travels back to his hometown of Aleppo, where he follows a group of civilians defending themselves against their own government. Lastly is Magic Lives of V, which explores how LARPing (live action role playing) can be used to help people with their problems.
To learn more about the funding, head to the Nordisk Film og TV Fond website.