Norwegian Film Institute funds four new documentaries

The Norwegian Film Institute has announced that it will fund four new documentaries.

The first documentary comes from Norwegian director Erik Poppe [+], who released The King’s Choice [+] a little over a year ago. His documentary is about the Norwegian social commentator Per Fugelli, who died in September aged 73. Originally a doctor and professor of social medicine at the University of Oslo, Fugelli was sick for seven years and Poppe followed him during the last time of his life when he was searching for the meaning of life and not at least with death. The Norwegian Film Institute granted the documentary NOK 5 million in production funding.

Secondly is Newtopia from Norwegian director Audun Amundsen. This documentary follows his experiences with the Mentawai people in Indonesia, where Amundsen develops a close relationship with Aman Paksa, the shaman of the local tribe in the Christian Falch-Torstein Parelius production for Gammaglimt.

Third is The Last Queen of the Frozen Sea from director Asgeir Helgestad. The documentary is a five-year epic journey that reveals the struggle of a polar bear mother in Svalbard and her cubs as the ice melts under their paws.

Lastly is Once Aurora, in which Norwegian directors Benjamin Langeland and Stian Servoss portray Norwegian singer-songwriter Aurora Aksnes, an uncompromising artist and one of Rolling Stone’s 2016 artists you should know.

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.