The Norwegian Film Institute has allocated production funding to five new documentaries, including one about the artist Edvard Munch.
Titled Munch In Hell (Munch i helvete), the documentary is directed by Stig Andersen, who was originally an art historian. The documentary follows the not so easy life of Munch, Norway’s expressionist painter. While the international recognition of his art was growing, at home he was harassed for his paintings, ignored by colleagues and plagued by the IRS. During World War II he lived in fear that the Nazis would confiscate his collection – they had already taken 82 of his works – and after his death, the gift he left to the City of Oslo was poorly managed.
Another documentary receiving funding is Trust Me, directed by Emil Trier. The documentary follows 25-year-old Waleed Ahmed, who three years ago was imprisoned in the US with an 11-year sentence for international fraud. The charismatic youth from Ytre Enebakk took Norway by storm, was hailed as a gifted entrepreneur, named Norway’s Mark Zuckerberg, and invited to the royal castle with the Crown Prince’s influential friends. An unusual coming-of-age story of the founder of Grønt Norge (Green Norway), who sold the rights for Nordic Justin Bieber concerts he didn’t own. It was all a con-artist’s hoax.