New Nordic projects receive funding from the Nordisk Film og TV Fond

A selection of new Nordic projects have received funding from the Nordisk Film og TV Fond in their February round of support.

First up is the drama Teenage Jesus, which stars Victoria Carmen Sonne (Holiday, In the Blood) and Stine Fischer Christensen (After the Wedding, The Charmer) as two women on a course of collision. Viktoria, a young psychologist, accepts the suicidal Jenny as her patient. A psychiatric hospital becomes their church, where they as two primordial forces, seek meaning and forgiveness in faith, sex and violence. As nocturnal conversations reveal the truth about their lives, death looms ever closer. Suffering is a human condition – everyone and no one survives.

Teenage Jesus is directed by Marie Grahtø and received NOK 750,000 in support. Filming will start May 7, 2018 and delivery is set for early 2019.

Next up is a new comedy series called The Oil Fund, which is produced by Norwegian director Harald Zwart (The 12th Man) and pokes fun at the discovery of oil in Norway. The series takes an insider look at the colliding worlds of high finance and public service. Motion Blur’s producer Espen Horn said: The series portrays the ‘unsung’ heroes of Norway’s Oil Fund. They start their day in simple apartments, ride their bike to work and then take private jets out into the big world and buy shares of everything from Times Square to Harley Davidson. They deal with the richest Arabs and Asians, buy and sell billions in stocks, drink the finest wines, before retreating to their cabbage dinners at home. The humour comes from the contrast between our social-democratic values that led to the creation of the Oil Fund for future generations, and the business-minded guys who run it and try to double and triple its value.”

The Oil Fund received 1.7 million NOK in production support and its apparently “a-list cast” will be announced soon.

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.