Two new Swedish films have received funding from the Norwegian Film Institute, the Nordisk Film og TV Fond reports.
The first film of the two is The Emigrants, which is directed by Daniel Espinosa, perhaps best known for his 2010 film Easy Money. An adaptation of Vilhelm Moberg’s novel, the film is the story of Kristina and her husband Karl-Oskar who emigrate from Sweden to the United States in the 1850s. Determined to flee poverty, religious persecution, and social oppression, they head across to the Atlantic in search of a better life.
If the title sounds familiar, that’s because the novel was adapted in 1971 and became The Emigrants by Jan Troell, a film that is still heavily praised. Remaking such a great film is definitely ambitious.
The second film that received funding is Britt Marie Was Here, which is the next big project from SF Studios after A Man Called Ove. But they are staying true to the film by adapting another Fredrik Backman novel. This film follows the socially-awkward and fussy Britt-Marie who has to rebuild her life in the small town of Borg after having walked out of her 40-year-marriage and unfaithful husband. he has to find a job and although she hates football, she applies for a position as coach for a children’s football team. Meanwhile, a handsome local police officer makes a move on her. Tuva Novotny (pictured) (The King’s Choice) will star in the film.