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.