March round of production support announced by the Nordisk Film & TV Fond

The Nordisk Film and TV Fund has announced its March round of funding, with NOK 4.650.000 going to two films and three documentaries.

King of Finland received NOK 2.2 million, making it the largest recipient. Directed by Klaus Härö, the film is loosely based on true events. Set in 1918 the film tells the story of the German Prince of Hessen, Friedrich Karl, waiting to take the helm of the newly independent nation of Finland. He becomes friend to the young Ilmari who teaches him Finnish language and culture. Ultimately the two men’s aspirations and hopes will clash with history in motion.

The First Case was granted NOK 1.2 million. This Swedish 2D animated film is directed by Linda Hambäck and is based on the children’s book by Ulf Nilsson and Gitte Spee. It’s a classic Nordic Noir story for kids – a young clever mouse on a mission to save two children. Film Väst, SVT are co-producing. TriArt will release the film in October 2017.

A documentary about Ingmar Bergman, titled Bergman, was granted NOK 500,000 and is directed by Jane Magnusson, who also directed the television series Bergman’s Video and its feature film version Trespassing Bergman. The aim of the documentary  is to find out who Bergman really was and to explore the mysteries behind the man through his artistic work. Motlys Film in Norway is co-producing with SVT, Filmregion Stockholm-Mälardalen/Gotland, Reel Ventures. Svensk Filmindustri handles Scandinavian distribution and Match Factory world sales. The film will be released in 2018 to coincide with the 100th anniversary of the Swedish master. A three-part TV series will also be available.

Danish documentary Bobbi Jene has been granted NOK 400,000. Directed by Elvira Lind, this documentary is an intimate portrayal of American ballet dancer Bobbi Jene who has to find her own creative voice after splitting from her life partner and choreographer.

Last but not least, the Finnish documentary Hobbyhorse Revolution was granted NOK 350,000. Directed by the Academy-award nominated Selma Vilhunen, the documentary follows three teenage girls with growing pains, who discover their own voice and talent through riding and grooming toy horses. This documentary is due for release in December 2016.

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.