The first Scandinavian dance movie receives Nordisk Film & TV Fond funding

The Nordisk Film & TV Fond has announced its production support funding for April, with Battle, the first Scandinavian dance movie, top of the list.

Battle, which received 1.7 million NOK, tells the story of Amalie, who is forced to move to a tough neighbourhood, but she desperately tries to hold onto her former privileged life. Torn between two worlds, she needs to learn who she is in order to become a true dancer. The movie is a youth film, and aims to deal with such topics as identity, social differences, ambition, and prejudice. Battle will be directed by Katarina Launing and based on a script by Maja Lunde. Norway’s Pål Røed (pictured) of Friland Film are producing, with co-productions with Sweden and Denmark. The budget is NOK 27 million, with principal photography starting in July and an autumn 2018 release.

Several other projects have received funding from the Nordisk Film & TV Fond. Blind Donna, a Finnish romantic comedy, received 1 million NOK. The twist to this romantic comedy is that the protagonist, Donna, is blind. The main themes are divorce, dating, friendship and love. The film is produced by Liisa Akimof of Production House Finland and will be released at the end of February 2018.

Another youth film received funding. The Arctic Camels was granted 250,000 NOK and follows siblings Torarin and Svalin. They live in Finnmark and wanted a horse, but got two Mongolian camels instead. Wanting to learn how to ride their camels safely, the two children set off for Mongolia to find a skilled camel trainer. Directed by Karl Emil Rikardsen, The Arctic Camels will be released in April 2018.

The documentary about Norwegian Expressionist Edvard Munch was granted 500,000 NOK. It is made by art historian and documentary filmmaker Stig Andersen, who explored the thefts of Munch’s iconic paintings in the 2008 film Scream and Madonna. In Munch in Hell, he explores why the celebrated painter was subject to poor treatment in Norway.

Lastly, Boys Who Like Girls was granted 300,000 NOK. Set in Mumbai, the character-driven documentary follows three men as they to find a way to be a good man in a deeply patriarchal society. The film is produced by Liisa Juntunsen of Napa films, with the release due for March 2018.

You can learn more at the Nordisk Film & TV Fond

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.