Tuva Novotny and Pernilla August adapting bestselling novel

The Swedish actresses Tuva Novotny and Pernilla August are teaming up to adapt Fredrik Backman’s bestselling novel Britt-Marie Was Here.

Backman is perhaps best-known for his novel A Man Called Ove, which had a hit film adaptation in 2015 and went on to win the European Comedy Award at the 2016 European Film Awards.

Britt-Marie Was Here tells the story of Britt-Marie, a woman in her sixties who lives in a small town. She can’t stand disorganisation, and she wants everything to happen her way. One day, Britt-Marie decides to change her life – starting by divorcing her husband of forty years and taking new chances on life.

August will star as Britt-Marie and Novotny will direct the film, which she described in Sweden’s Dagen Nyheter as being a mix between Toni Erdmann and Mamma Mia.

The script is being adapted by Maria von Heland and Øysten Karlsen.

Britt-Marie Was Here will be a Swedish/Norwegian co-production with SF Studios and FIlmkamaeratene. The film will shoot this April or May in Gothenburg, with a release expected around Christmas this year.

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.