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The Nordic films that received funding from the Nordisk Film og TV Fond in December

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Five new Nordic films have received funding from the Nordisk Film og TV Fond in their December round of funding.

First up in the upcoming Danish film In Love and War (Danish title: I krig og kærlighed), which received NOK 2.5 million ($310,000 USD). Set in the Great War,  the film follows Danish soldier Esben (Sebastian Jessen) who fakes his own death to flee the war and return to his wife Kirstine (Rosalinde Mynster) and son after a three-year absence. But everything has changed as a German officer has replaced him as the family’s father and is courting Kirstine. Hiding in his own attic, Esben witnesses a living nightmare and he must fight for love, survival and to save his family. In Love and War is directed by Kasper Torsting and will have its world premiere on the 11th of November 2018 in Sønderborg to coincide with the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I.

Next up is Call Mum from writer/director Lisa Ashan. The film explores the relationship between three generations of women and how a grandmother, mother and daughter strive to connect. Call Mum received NOK 1.5 million ($186,000 USD) from the Fond and will be released in autumn 2019.

Three documentaries also received production support. First is Jozi Gold, which takes place in the mines of Johannesburg where a third of all the gold mined in human history has come from. Now the mines are falling apart and the city confronts an environmental nightmare: tons of radioactive waste polluting the air and turning water into poisonous Acid Mine Drainage. Former Jehovah’s Witness Mariette is on a mission to uncover the truth about Jozi’s mine waste and force the gold industry to take responsibility. Jozi Gold received NOK 500,000 ($620,000 USD) and will be released in spring this year.

Exit is a documentary that goes searching for answers to the question: What was the ‘wake-up call’ that made her and a group of previous violent extremists from Germany, France, USA and Denmark leave violence and extremism behind? Exit is directed by Karen Winther and also received 500,000 NOK.

Last is Once Aurora, which follows the performer Aurora. Aurora is a pop sensation from a small town in Norway. She was discovered at the age of 16, dropped out of school, and spent the next years touring the world. At the age of 20 she is at a breaking point. The film will be an epic coming-of-age story about a young woman finding her way in life and in music. The film will premiere later this year.

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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.