The Norwegian film ‘Hope’ receives funding from the Nordisk Film og TV Fond

The upcoming Norwegian film Hope has received funding from the Nordisk Film og TV Fond in their latest round of funding.

The film is about Anja, who discovers she has terminal cancer. Her life with her husband Tomas and their six children breaks down and exposes neglected love.

“My curiosity is not as much about dealing with cancer, as with what a sudden presence of death can do to us. Through examining a couples long life together during Christmas, I want to make an honest and unsentimental film. Full of human inadequacy, existential chaos, absurd humour, as well as grief over a lost future. A film primarily experienced with the gut, not only head and heart. I want to give the audience a physical experience, leaving them exhausted by all the uncertainty and emotional turbulence. Finally, I believe that themes and characters can revolve around issues that may challenge the viewers perspective on their own lives.” says writer/director Maria Sødahl (pictured) to the Nordisk Film og TV Fond.

Andrea Bræn Hovig and Stellan Skarsgård star as Anja and Tomas. Hope is produced by Thomas Robsahm for Motlys in co-production with Zentropa and with support from the Norwegian Film Institute. The film has a total budget of NOK 28.5 million, with NOK 1.7 million coming from the Nordisk Film og TV Fond.

Hope is currently in pre-production and will be released at the end of next year in Norway.

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.