Seven new Nordic films have been backed by the Nordisk Film og TV Fond in their latest round of funding.
First up is Queen of Hearts (pictured), which stars Trine Dyrholm and Magnus Krepper. Directed by May el-Toukhy, the film is about ‘a fall from grace, about the responsibility we have due to our positions, private or professional and the impact it has when we don’t take that responsibility seriously.’ The film is produced by Caroline Blanco and Rene Ezra of Nordisk Film Production Denmark and was granted NOK 1,650,000. May el-Toukhy is known for her film Long Story Short, for which Trine Dyrholm won a Robert award-Best Supporting Actress and el-Toukhy a Bodil for Best Script.
The Middle Man is the next film from acclaimed Norwegian director Bent Hamer. The English-language film is going to be about a ‘bizarre and absurd look at Trump’s USA today, dark but humorous in tone, with a touch of love and a dash of hope.’ The film is loosely based on the novel Sluk by author/screenwriter Lars Saabye Christensen and is a European co-production with Germany’s Pandora Film, Canada’s The Film Farm, Sweden’s Garagefilm, Denmark’s Profile Pictures, with support among others from the Norwegian Film Institute. Scanbox and sales agent The Match Factory are on board. Filming is set to start this summer.
Next up is Psycho Bitch, written and directed by Martin Lund. The film follows Marius, who is a middle school pupil, tormented by the thought of not being a success. When the teacher teams him up with Frida, the class outsider, a tumultuous relationship that tests Marius’ character and status. The cast and crew will be announced soon, and the film will be released domestically in Norway in early 2018.
The surreal drama Psychosis in Stockholm will focus on five life-changing days when writer/director Maria Bäck was fourteen years old. The film is produced by Anna-Maria Kantarius of Sweden’s Garagefilm and it will be released in autumn 2019.
The Norwegian 3D animated film Ella Bella Bingo is a spin-off of the successful animated series. The film is set to challenge the stereotype of the passive princess-type female characters predominant in family films. It is directed by Frank Mosvold and Mette Tange and will be released in 2020.
Next up is the Swedish animated film Pelle No-Tail, based on the character created by Swedish author Gösta Knutsson and directed by Christian Ryltenius, who is behind the successful Bamse films. It will be a story about how Pelle ends up in Uppsala for the first time. The film will be released in December 2019.
The documentary Josefin & Florin is a Romeo and Juliet story about an unpredictable couple – a Swedish single mother and a beggar from Romania – struggling to find affiliation in the cross fire of prejudice and xenophobia. The project won the Tempo Pitch Award 2016.