Nordisk Film & TV Fond supports Romeo & Juliet stories and new crime dramas

The Nordisk Film & TV Fond has announced it will provide production support to the film Swoon, the documentary The Vasulka Effect, and the television series Warrior, Liberty and Archipellina and the Chalk Crystal.

Swoon is a Swedish film described as the Swedish ‘Romeo and Juliet’ inspired by the true story of Stockholm’s Gröna Lund amusement park. John and Ninni – both heirs to their own amusement parks – fall in love amidst the whirling world they inhabit. A forbidden love and a war between two families put their love and loyalty to the test. Swoon (or Eld och Lågor in Swedish) is by Mårlind and Stein, who just saw international success with their Midnight SunSwoon was granted NOK 2.7 million and was produced by Kristina Åberg of Atmo Rights in Sweden.

The Icelandic documentary The Vasulka Effect (Vasulka Áhrinfin) has been granted NOK 400,000.  Director Hrafnhildur Gunnarsdottir focuses on video art pioneers Steina and Woody Vasulka, grandparents of the “YouTube” generation, struggling in their retirement years as they are archiving their work. By a fluke, they are rediscovered by the art world and are now in huge demand. The documentary is produced by Sagafilm and will be released in early 2019.

The Danish television series Warrior has been granted NOK 3 million. The crime series stars Dar Salim and Danica Curcic in a drama about human bonds, loyalty, and treachery among army veterans, intertwined with a love story between the former soldier and policewoman. The all-star cast includes Lars Ranthe, Nicolas Bro, Søren Malling, Jakob Oftebro and Natalie Madueño. Warrior is due for release in 2018.

Next up is Liberty, which was granted NOK 1,350,000. The drama series is based on Jacob Ejersbo’s major Danish literary work of the same name. Asger Leth (Ghosts of Cité Soleil) is creator and head writer. It’s a portrait of foreign aid emissaries whose idealism clash with cultural differences and local resistance. In the main roles are Sofie Gråbøl, Carsten Bjørnlund, Connie Nielsen, Anton Hjejle, Magnus Krepper and Kenyan presenter/actor Charles Karumi. Mikael Marcimain (Call Girl) directs all episodes.Filming has started in South Africa. DR1 will air the premium show in 2018. DR Sales handle sales.

Last but not least is the kids series Archipellina and the Chalk Crystal (Arkipellina och kalkkristallen), which was granted NOK 500,000. In the fantasy world of Archipellina island, the characters Krä and Neppa encounter silly and dangerous adventures and come up with creative, ecological solutions. Pre-production starts in August and production in autumn.

Source: Nordisk Film & TV Fond

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.