The Norwegian Film Institute has given development funding in the New Ways Norway scheme, which aims to support artistic audacity and progress of young, talented directors. Previous recipients of support from the New Ways Norway scheme include Iram Haq (I Am Yours, screened at Toronto International Film Festival), Ole Giæver (Out of Nature, screened at the Berlinale), Hallvar Witzø (Yes We Love, short film, in competition in Cannes).
One of the films supported is The Domestique (original title: Hjelperytteren), scripted by Jannicke Systad Jacobsen, whose feature debut Turn Me On, Goddamit! (original title: Få meg på for faen) won her an Amanda Award for Beast Feature. The Domestique is described as a black comedy and satirical drama and follows former professional cyclist Kim Carlsen (39) who, at a press conference, admits her former use of doping. In quick succession she loses her job, husband, children, home, credibility and self-respect in her annus horribilis.
Also receiving support is the new documentary iHuman, which comes from Norwegian writer-director Tonje Hessen Schei. Her previous short film Drone won last year’s Amanda Award for Best Documentary, and now iHuman will explore artificial intelligence, social control, new power constellations and opposing forces in the technological race.
Three shorts will also benefit from the scheme. These shorts are André Chocron’s Chronos, about two psychics travelling back in time, Thea Hvistendahl’s Children of Satan (original title: Satans Barn), about two girls who meet at a Christian camp and develop a close friendship (Frokost Film); and Marius Myrmel’s Armor (original title: Rustning), an intimate story about how a teenager’s wet dream turns into a nightmare.