Norway supports films from developing countries

Norway South Film Find

Press release from the Norwegian Film Institute:

The Norwegian Film Institute and the Films from the South Foundation back productions from Mexico, Venezuela, The Philippines, India, Thailand, Ukraine and Tunisia.

For the fourth time Norway’s Films from the South has supported a package of new films from development countries: a total of €0.4 million (NOK 3 million) production funding has been shared among projects from Mexico, Venezuela, The Philippines, India, Thailand, Ukraine and Tunisia, which all have Norwegian co-producers.

Financed by the Norwegian Foreign Ministry, and managed by the Norwegian Film Institute and the Films from the South Foundation, Films from the South received 63 applications this year – “so it was a difficult job, since the quality was generally very high,” said the jury of Amra Bakšić Čamo (Bosnia), Bård Breien and Kalle Løchen (Norway).

The awarded projects include:

The Untamed

Mexico. Dir: Amat Escalante. Scr: Gibran Portela. Norwegian co-producer: Mer Film (Maria Ekerhovd). Producer: Mantarraya Producciones. (Support: €59,000/NOK 0.5 million). The story of a woman with two underage children, who wants to liberate herself from the male chauvinistic, homophobic society hostile to women.

La Familia

Venezuela. Dir/Scr: Gustavo Rondón. Norwegian co-producer: Dag Hoel Filmproduksjon. Producer: La Pandilla Producciones. (Support: €47,000/NOK 0.4 million). A feature debut about a father and his son: in self defence the son kills the member of a gang, and the father decides they must flee the city.

Cemetery Life

The Philippines. Dir/Scr: Barbara Politsch. Norwegian co-producer: Merkur Filmproduksjon (Petter Vennerød). Producer: Southern Lantern Studios. (Support: €47,000/NOK 0.4 million). The director’s first full-length documentary about a group of people who have chosen to live at a large Catholic cemetery in Manila.

Selling Humans

India. Dir/Scr: Pankaj Johar. Norwegian co-producer: Lightsource Film Productions (Arne Dahr). Producer: Pennywise Films. (Support: €35.000/NOK 0.3 million). A documentary about forced child labor in India, following young girls who have to work as housekeepers.

Samui Song

Thailand. Dir/Scr: Pen-ek Ratanaruang. Norwegian co-producer: Tenk.tv (Frode Søbstad). Producer: Bluering Company. (Support: €47,000/NOK 0.4 million). The story of a woman who wants out of her relationship with a man affiliated with a religious sect.


Ukraine. Dir/Scr: Myroslav Slaboshpytskiy. Norwegian co-producer: DUOfilm (Linda Bolstad, Marie Fuglestein). Producer: Garmata Film. (Support: €59,000/NOK 500.000). A jealousy drama about a cop, who works as a watchman in the closed zone after the Chernobyl disaster – an area the size of Luxembourg.

I Hate My Life

Tunisia. Dir/Scr: Kaouther Ben Hania. Norwegian co-producer: Integralfilm (Jørgen and Nefise Özkal Lorentzen). Producer: Cinetelefilms. (Support: €59,000/NOK 0.5 million). A woman has been raped, and the film follows her to hospital and police, where she meets resistance, suspicion and arrogance.


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.