Norwegian director Bent Hamer making a film about Donald Trump’s USA

The Norwegian director Bent Hamer’s latest project focuses on the US President Donald Drumpf.

Titled The Middle Man, the film will have a look at Drumpf’s USA. Set in a small midwest town that is suffering from a declining population and economy, they also start to see a growing number of accidents and deaths. The town’s governing Commission decides to hire a middle man to convey the painful messages to relatives. rank Farrelli, an unemployed railway worker in his thirties, gets the job.

The film has just received funding from the Norwegian Film Institute, as the Nordisk Film og TV Fond reports. The Norwegian Film Institute granted The Middle Man NOK 6 million, and it will receive most of its budget from foreign co-producors in Denmark, Sweden, German and Canada.

Funding from the NFI

The second project that received funding in this round is Tea, which is written and directed by Tuva Novotny, who works primarily as an actress and can be recognised from films Borg/McEnroe and The King’s Choice as well as the television drama NobelTea follows a mother’s struggle to understand her daughter Tea’s crisis. The film will explore how parents and communities can help young people to open up about mental illness. Tea was granted NOK 3 million.  Anders Baasmo Christiansen, Mathea Øien and Pia Tjelta star in the film.

Lastly is Diana’s Wedding, which is directed by Charlotte Blom. The synopsis is as follows:

On the day that Diana Spencer and Prince Charles exchanged their wedding vows, July 29, 1981, Liv and Terje’s wedding was celebrated at Sarpsborg, Norway. Their daughter Dian has grown up with her parents’ turbulent relationship where love was always tested, yet still survived. Now she is taking her chance at tying the knot. 

All this and more can be found on the Nordisk Film og TV Fond website.

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.