Rúnar Rúnarsson among funding recipients from the Nordisk Film og TV Fond

The Icelandic director Rúnar Rúnarsson has received funding for his new film Echo in the latest round of support from the Nordisk Film og TV Fond (NFTF). 

The film is described as an echo from post-modern society, a contemporary mirror, where reality is captured, initiated, and staged. It has been described as his first hybrid film, using elements from both fiction and non fiction to strengthen the film’s themes and stories and to engage the audience. 

This is the third film from Runarsson after his award-winning Volcano and SparrowsEcho received NOK 650,000 from the NFTF. Filming started on the 29th of November and continue through until January as the story takes place between the advent season of December 2018 and New Years Day 2019. The release date will be some time in 2019.

The feature film My Dad Marianne also received funding from the NFTF to the tune of NOK 1,350,000. The story is about Hanna, who learns from her father (who is a priest) that his name is actually Marianne and he is a woman. Her world falls apart – none of her courses in gender studies have prepared her for this, and she loathes Marianne for taking her father away from her. My Dad Marianne is being directed by Mårten Klingberg, who directed some episodes of Beck. Filming will start in spring 2019 with a release date in early 2020.

A television series have also received funding from the NFTF. The first is Blinded, a thriller set in Stockholm’s financial district that is inspired by real events. While pursuing the next scoop, the young Swedish journalist Bea Farkas detects irregularities at ST Bank’s trading department. Her investigation will put a lot of people at great risk, in a world where status is everything and nobody is blameless. 

Blinded will be released in 2019.

Learn more about the funding here. 

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.