The Nordisk Film and TV Fund has allocated a total of NOK 9.4 million to two feature films, two series and two documentaries in its October round.
Here they are:
Ted-Show Me Love
This film is a biopic about pop artist Ted Gärdestad, who had an exceptional breakthrough in the early 70s. This film will be directed by Hannes Holm (A Man Called Ove) and is written by Peter Birro (Waltz for Monica). Adam Pålsson will play the Swedish singer/songwriter and much of the crew is the same as The 100 Year Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared.
Shooting starts next February and the film is due for release late 2017. TrustNordisk is handling sales.
The Guardian Angel
This Finnish film is a psychological suspense drama about a man who uses hypnosis to turn another man into a robber and murderer. A young police investigator is sent into a world of psychological manipulation. The film is directed and produced by Arto Halonen for Art Films Finland. We’ll know more about this film soon!
The Bonus Family season 2
This is a Swedish television series inspired by Felix Herngren’s own experiences. The comedy drama centres on a recomposed family and the complications that go with it. Herngren is also the showrunner for the series. Season 1 is due to air on SVT in 2017, as well as the other four Nordics.
Rita and the Crocodile
This kids series follows Rita, who is four years old and very determined to have her own way. She has a very hungry friend, Crocodile, who lives in the bathtub. When Crocodile is around, Rita can go wherever she wants-into the forest, on vacation, to the mountain out fishing. The pilot for the series received the Jury award at the Annecy Film Festival 2015. The series is pre-sold to Canal+, RBB, NRD, MDR, DR, SVT, NRK, YLE and Czech TV. Theatrical distributors include Folkets Bio (Sweden) and Gebeka (France) and Nordisk Film has VOD rights. France’s Dandeloo handles international sales.
Prison Sisters (pictured)
This documentary is a follow up to the 2012 award-winning No Burqas Behind Bars, shot in an Afghan prison for women. Here film-maker Nima Sarvestani follows the two main characters, Sara and Najibegh, after their release from prison. Sara escapes to Sweden but Najibeh is forced to stay in the Taliban nest. This documentary will premiere at the upcoming IDFA.
This documentary is by Nasib Farah and Søren Steen Jespersen, who have filmed young Somali men who grew up in the west and ended up as lost Al Shahbab warriors. The film follows their dilemma: should they return to the west and face imprisonment, or stay in Somalia and built a new life, while under the constant threat of being killed by Al Shahbab. The documentary will head to theatres in 2017.