Major film and television funding body the Nordisk Film og TV Fond has announced its latest round of production support, with new projects from Espen Sandberg and Selma Vilhunen.
Norwegian director Espen Sandberg (pictured) is making his first feature film in Norway since the hugely successful Kon-Tiki (2012). Sandberg, of course, has been having major international success with the last Pirates of the Carribean. His new film is titled Amundsen and tells the story of Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen who, among other things, was the first to reach the North Pole. The film will focus on both his public and personal life which, as the producer describes, was full of drama (perfect for a film!). Amundsen is currently in pre-production and we should expect to see the film in autumn 2018, probably hoping to nab a TIFF premiere.
Selma Vilhunen, who has spent the last twelve months delighting us with Little Wing and Hobbyhorse Revolution, is taking no break and is prepping her new film Stupid Young Heart (or Hölmö nuori sydän in Finnish). This film is an edgy and warm drama about suburban teenagers who unexpectedly deal with grown-up problems like pregnancy, while extreme right ideas enter their multicultural neighbourhood. Stupid Young Heart is currently shooting after having won the Best Pitch Award last month at the Finnish Film Affair in Helsinki. A theatrical release is set for October 2018, with another possible Toronto premiere (after all, that’s where Little Wing got so much attention).
Political themes are heavy in Nordic film at the moment, and next up is a new Norwegian film called Beware of Children. This one is directed by Dag Johan Haugerud, who previously picked up for Amandas (Norwegian Oscars), for his 2012 I Belong. The film centres on 13-year-old Lykke, daughter of a left-wing politician, who accidentally kills the son of a right-wing politician. The film explores what it means to have children today. Several known Norwegian faces have leading roles, including Henriette Steenstrup as Liv (high school principal) and Thorbjørn Harr as the right-wing politician. Beware of Children is currently shooting and will be released in Norway in late 2018.
On the documentary side of things, we continue the political themes with Femimam, directed by Marie Skovgaard, which focuses on the association Femimam led by a group of progressive Muslims who have opened the first Mosque in Europe led by female imams. They are breaking with centuries of traditional male leadership from within. The release is set for November 2018.
Last but perhaps most interesting is My Heart Belongs to Daddy, in which the director Sofia decides to reconnect with her father, a notorious criminal addicted to amphetamine. After having been separated since she was 10 years old, she finds him on the edge of an abyss and decides to help him. The release is set for January 2018, so hopefully, we’ll see it at Gothenburg.
You can find out more info over at the Nordisk Film og TV Fond.