Norwegian tax rebate lures new productions

The Norwegian film incentive that funded films like The Snowman has brought in new productions, the Nordisk Film og TV Fond reports. 

One of those films is Oslo, which tells the story of the 2011 terrorist attacks. Directed by Paul Greengrass, the film will recount the events of the day of the terrorist attack in Oslo and on the island of Utøya by right-wing extremist Anders Breivik. The film will not just reconstruct the attack but also focus on the trial and the way Norway handled the tragic event.

To be honest, after the recent failure of The Snowman, which is a Norwegian story shot in English but shot partially in Norway, it’ll be a great shame to have one of the first features on an important story in Norwegian history fail because it’s not being made by Norwegians. Still, because it’s a foreign production partially shooting in Norway, it gets 17.1 million NOK from the Norwegian Film Institute.

Also enticed by money from Norway is Mission Impossible 6, written and directed by Christopher McQuarrie and starring Tom Cruise. The film received 6,325,000 NOK from the NFI, or close to $1 million USD.

To compare, when British-made The Snowman was granted one of the first incentives, it received 40.5 million NOK, plus an extra 10.6 million NOK earlier this year. Tomas Alfredson ended up blaming the shoot in Norway for the film’s failure.

Hopefully, Greengrass is able to make an excellent film about a very important event.

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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.