Norwegian director Joachim Trier, whose first English-language feature Louder than Bombs was last year postponed indefinitely, because Norwegian production outfit Motlys had failed to provide the full financing, will start shooting in New York from September.
The Norwegian Film Institute has confirmed its €1.6 million (NOK 13.3 million) support of the project, and after French-German TV-network Arte’s cinema division joined as co-producer in February, the €7.5 million (NOK 62 million) is now secure.
Huppert and Byrne still aboard
From the original cast, French actress Isabelle Huppert and Irish actor Gabriel Byrne will still play the leads, while it is not certain US actor Jesse Eisenberg will be available. Sigve Endresen, Thomas Robsahm and Joshua Strachan will produce the film for Motlys.
Scripted by Trier and Eskil Vogt, it follows the husband and sons of a famous war photographer, who is killed in a car accident; she made a huge impact on their lives, but did any of them really know her, and what are they hiding from each other?
Joachim Trier in the short film jury
The Norwegian director will attend this year’s Cannes International Film Festival (14-25 May) without a film, but as member of the jury for short films in the international competition. His latest feature, Oslo, August 31st (Oslo, 31. august), was screening in Un Certain Regard 2011.
The Norwegian Film Institute also chipped in €1.9 million (NOK 15.3 million) production funding for the first adaption of Norwegian author Thorbjørn Egner’s children’s book classic, Climbing-Mouse and Other Animals in the Hunchback Wood (1953).
Scripted by Karsten Fully, the fully-an animated feature will be directed by Rasmus A Sivertsen, whose Solan and Ludvig: Christmas in Pinchcliffe last year reached 822,470 admissions in Norway. Ove Heiborg will produce the film about the Climbing-Mouse and his friends for Qvisten Animasjon.