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The Norwegian Film Institute gives three comedy films the green light

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- Rune Denstad Langlo’s Primus Motor, Arild Fröhlich’s Grand Hotel and Hanne Larsen’s Eggg go into production

The Norwegian Film Institute gives three comedy films the green light
Director Rune Denstad Langlo (©Karlovy Vary International Film Festival)

The Norwegian Film Institute has granted €2.7 million to three new comedies, giving the green light for Norwegian directors Rune Denstad Langlo’s Primus Motor, Arild Fröhlich’s Grand Hotel and Hanne Larsen’s Eggg to go into production.

Langlo, who most recently made five episodes of Norwegian channel TV2’s upcoming series Acquitted, has himself scripted his third feature about a racist, near-bankrupt hotel owner in the fjells, who wants to open a refugee centre to save the economy. Now he needs a permit from the Foreign Ministry, but the first group of émigrés has arrived to cause absolute chaos. Shooting will start on 14 April for the Motlys production (Sigve Endresen).

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Frøhlich, who directed last year’s number-three film in the national charts, Doctor Proctor’s Fart Powder [+see also:
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, will film Megan Gallagher’s story about a vain alcoholic and a ten-year-old boy suffering from Tourette’s syndrome (giving him multiple physical and vocal tics), who are forced to spend a week together at a hotel. They have one thing in common: they are both difficult to like. Karin Julsrud will produce for 4½ Fiksjon.

Larsen, who has collected several awards for her shorts, has, together with Kathrine Valen Zeiner, adapted Stein Erik Lunde’s novel Eggg for her first feature. Eleven-year-old Gilbert has an extreme allergy to eggs, which he tries to keep secret from his new friends – but the problem is that Aunt Doris, his babysitter, gives him eggs on purpose. However, now he has planned to take his revenge on Christmas Eve. Synnøve Hørsdal will produce for Maipo Film, and Nordisk Film Distribusjon has scheduled the movie’s release for October 2016.

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