Nordic Film and TV Fund announces February round of funding

Three feature films and a documentary have received production support from the Nordic Film & TV Fund in their February round of support.

The film Young Astrid was granted NOK 2.5 million. Directed by Pernille Fischer Christensen, the film follows the life of Astrid Lindgren. She was very young when something happened to her that affected her profoundly, and this combination of both miracle and calamity came to shape her entire life. It was an event that transformed her into one of the most inspiring women or our age and the storyteller a whole world would come to love. This is the story of when a young Astrid, despite the expectations of her time and religious upbringing, decided to free from society’s norms. She went on to write Pippi Longstocking.

The film is produced by Lars G. Lindstrom for Nordisk Film Sweden and Anna Anthony for Avanti Film. Young Astrid is co-produced by Germany’s DCM, Film i Väst, Nordisk Film, TV4, in cooperation with DR, support from the Swedish Film Institute, Danish Film Institute, Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg GmbH, Mitteldeutsche Medienförderung. Nordisk Film handles distribution and TrustNordisk world sales.

The cast will be announced closer to start of principal photography, April 4, 2017. Delivery date is set for February 2018.

Next is Sonja, which focuses on the life of Sonja Henie, the inventor of modern figure skating who became one of Hollywood’s highest paid film stars in the 1930s. Ine Marie Wilmann (Happy Happy) plays the legendary Norwegian athlete. Sonja is produced by Cornelia Boysen and Synnøve Hørsdal for Norway’s Maipo Film was granted NOK 2.8 million.

The NOK 63.2m film is co-produced by Denmark’s Nordisk Film Production and Ireland’s Subotica, with support among others from the Norwegian Film Institute. Nordisk Film handles distribution and TrustNordisk world sales. Filming from June 19 will be split between Gran Canaria, Romania and Norway.

East of Sweden has been granted NOK 900,000. The suspense drama is about a chance encounter between three people that has life changing consequences. The story begins with three men who end up sharing a cabin on a northbound night train to Oulu. An unexpected confrontation between them leads to an accidental death and two of them are left with only bad options. In the main roles are Samuli Vauramo (Thicker than Water, Tears of April), David Nzinga (Måste gitt), Laura Birn (Purge) and Andreas Af Enehjelm (Nymphs). East of Sweden is produced by Liisa Penttilä-Asikainen of Kaiho Republic. Simo Halinen (Open Up to Me) has written the script.

The €1.4m (NOK 13.3m) film is co-produced by Zentropa International Sweden and Oak Motion Pictures, Netherlands, in cooperation with YLE, SVT, support from the Finnish Film Foundation and the Swedish Film Institute. B-Plan handles Finnish distribution and Yellow Affair world sales. The film is currently in production and will be delivered in February 2018.


The documentary that received funding is called The Untitled Peter Beard project and is produced by Tobias Janson of Story AB Sweden and was granted NOK 400,000. The feature documentary directed by Göran Hugo Olsson (Concerning Violence, The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975) centres on a film project that renowned American artist/photographer Peter Beard initiated together with Lee Radziwill (younger sister to Jackie Kennedy Onassis) about her relatives, the Beales of Grey Gardens. Lost for decades, this extraordinary footage re-emerges in the documentary that focuses on Peter Beard and his family of friends who formed a vibrant creative community in Montauk, US in the 1970s.

The film is co-produced by Louverture Films and Thunderbolt Productions in the US, with Final Cut for Real in Denmark, support from the Swedish Film Institute, Danish Film Institute in co-operation with SVT, DR-K and YLE. Delivery date is set for May 2017; Cinetic Media handles world sales.

Info from the Nordic Film & TV Fund

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.