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Eurimages supports Norwegian features by Idsøe and Johnsen


- Vibeke Idsøe's The Lion Woman and Sara Johnsen's Framing Mom – both unusual stories about girls – are to shoot as European co-productions

Eurimages supports Norwegian features by Idsøe and Johnsen
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Norwegian directors Vibeke Idsøe's The Lion Woman [+see also:
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 and Sara Johnsen's Framing Mom, both about girls – one born with yellow hair all over her body, the other found in a restaurant toilet – have been backed by Eurimages as European co-productions.

The European Council's fund chipped in €470,000 to the total budget of €7.3 million for Idsøe's adaptation of Norwegian author Erik Fosnes Hansen's 2006 novel (which has been translated into 25 languages), depicting the life of Eva Arctander, who was born in 1912 covered in fine yellow hair, even on her face.

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Idsøe's fourth feature follows Arctander’s first 25 years in Norway and Europe: she insists on living like other children, but she feels isolated, so she learns how to fill the void of loneliness in her own way. Norwegian producers John M Jacobsen and Marcus Brodersen, of Oslo's Filmkameratene, have set up the production with Sweden's Tre Vänner, Denmark's Zentropa Entertainments and Germany's Gifted Films.

Scripted by Johnsen, Framing Mom is the story of Unn Tove, a TV journalist who marries the wrong man and is unfaithful to him at their own wedding. At the same time, a newborn baby, Rose Marie, is left in a restaurant bathroom. Their lives become intertwined, and 16 years later, Unn Tove and Rose Marie begin a search for the young girl's biological parents.

Eurimages contributed €280,000 to the €3.3 million budget for Johnsen's fourth feature (following 2012’s All That Matters Is Past [+see also:
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), which will be staged by Norwegian producer Turid Øversveen for 4½ Fiksjon, with Denmark's Nimbus Film and Germany's The Match Factory co-producing. Swedish actress Tuva Novotny will play the part of Unn Tove.

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