The Nordisk Film & TV Fond has announced its December 2016 round of production funding, with NOK 2.5 million going to the upcoming Roy Andersson film, About Endlessness.
In Andersson’s new film, we explore the preciousness and beauty of our existence, awakening in us the wish to maintain this eternal treasure and pass it on. Using Andersson’s truly unique style, About Endlessness is a juxtaposition of tableaux capturing moments in life. The new element is a voice-over with a woman as the main narrator. Among the characters we have Adolf Hitler, a marketing director, a woman who loves champagne and a priest.
About Endlessness is produced by Pernilla Sandström for Roy Andersson Filmproduktion AB. The SEK 40 million Swedish film is co-produced with 4 ½ (Norway), Essential Filmproduktion (Germany) and Société Parisienne de production (France) as well as SVT, ARTE, with support from Eurimages, the SFI, NFI, Filmstiftung Nordrhein-Westfalen and Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg. The Co-production Office handles world sales and TriArt domestic distribution.The film starts filming in February and is due for release in 2019.
Three documentaries also received production funding. First up is Last Men in Aleppo, produced by Søren Steen Jespersen. After five years of war in Syria, Aleppo’s remaining residents prepare themselves for a siege. Khalid, Subhi and Mahmoud, founding members of The White Helmets, have remained in the city to help their fellow citizens, and experience daily life, death, struggle and triumph in a city under fire. Syrian director Feras Fayyad has teamed up with Steen Johannessen for this Danish film produced in collaboration with AMC (Aleppo Media Centre), an independent news centre founded in 2012 in Aleppo. Last Men in Aleppo is having its world premiere this month at the Sundance Film Festival in the world cinema documentary competition.
After Inez, which is produced and directed by Karin Edberg, was granted NOK 300,000. The Swedish documentary follows a couple during a difficult time in their life. Denize and Filip have it all prepared: the crib, the pram, the tiny clothes, even the car seat is ready for the baby they’re expecting any day. But at a routine check-up, the midwife’s face suddenly freezes. There’s no heart beat to be heard. After Inez will premiere on SVT in November 2017.
Girl in Return produced by Sara Stockmann (Sonntag Pictures) was granted NOK 250,000. Danish director Katrine Kjær questions what happens when an adopted teenage girl decides to change her destiny by taking charge over the fight against the system. The documentary is produced in association with TV2 Danmark, NRK and SVT.
Single Distribution support was provided to the following companies:
- Norsk Filmdistribusjon (NOK 250,0000) for the theatrical release of the Danish horror film Shelley in Norway -Scanbox Entertainment (NOK 380,000) for the theatrical release in Denmark and Sweden of the Norwegian musical documentary Marcus & Martinus-Together for the Dream
- Fidalgo (NOK100,000) for the theatrical release of the Swedish film The Giant in Norway
- Atlantic Film (NOK100,000) for the theatrical release of the Swedish film A Serious Game in Finland.
Slate Distribution support of NOK 315,000 was granted to Studio Show Entertainment for the films Virgin Mountain (IS), The Day Will Come (DK) and The Lion Woman (NO).
Film Culture Initiatives support was granted to:
- Nordic Film Market, Sweden (NOK 500,000)
- CPH: Industry, Denmark (NOK300,000)
- Nordic Film Music Day, Denmark (NOK 60,000)