The Norwegian Film Institute has announced funding for two new Norwegian films, including the next release in the famous Wives series, which is directed by Anja Breien.
Breien is known as one of Norway’s most prominent directors from the 1970s, with her films touching upon social and political issues. Now she is making history with the fourth and final instalment in her Wives series, with Wives: 40 Years After. The series follows a group of women who decide to abandon their husbands for one week and go on a male-like romp. The first film was released in 1975, the second in 1985, and the third in 1996. The films starred Anne Marie Ottersen, Katja Medbøe and Frøydis Armand. After Medbøe died in 1996, no new films were made. However now the decision has been made to give the Wives fans some closure.
Wives: 40 Years After has been supported by the NFI with NOK 4.5 million. The aim is to release it by the end of 2020.
The second film that has received funding is Hope. Starring Andrea Braein Hovig and Stellan Skarsgård, the film follows Anja, who on Christmas Eve is diagnosed with brain metastases. She has only three months to live, and when her husband finds out, the couple go through a turbulent time. The film is almost biographical, with director Maria Sødahl being diagnosed with cancer six years ago. Hope will be shot in mid-January 2019 with the release set for October 2019.