The Norwegian Film Institute chips in for four foreign co-productions
by Jorn Rossing Jensen
- The organisation will back Mads Brügger’s Cold Case Hammarskjöld, which investigates the death of the UN Secretary-General 55 years after it happened
The United Nations’ Swedish Secretary-General Dag Hammarskjöld was killed when his plane crashed in then Northern Rhodesia in 1961. But was it an accident or an assassination – and if it was murder, who could be behind it?
55 years after the event, Danish journalist, TV host and documentary filmmaker Mads Brügger will try to find the answers in a €1.2 million true-crime feature, Cold Case Hammarskjöld, where he examines the case with a private investigator. Denmark’s Wingman Media (Peter Engel) will stage the project, with Norway’s Bjarte Mørner Tveit (of Piraya Film) as co-producer, and the film is one of four foreign co-productions that the Norwegian Film Institute has decided to support with a total of €1 million.
In her feature debut, Swedish director Terese Andrén portrays a successful real-estate agent in Stockholm who packs in his career in favour of an isolated life at a small farm in the countryside, driven by a deep unease and paranoia, convinced that a major global crisis is approaching. The €1.9 million Oron will be produced by Mimmi Spång and Rebecka Lafrenz for Sweden’s Garagefilm, and co-produced by Christian Fredrik Martin and Asle Vatn for Norway’s Friland Produksjon.
Icelandic director Óskar Thór Axelsson will adapt a novel by author Yrsa Sigurðardóttir for I Remember You, the story of three young people who move from the city to a fjord in western Iceland, where they will restore an old building. Meanwhile, on the other side of the fjord, a psychiatrist is investigating a suicide. The €2.4 million production by Skúli Malmquist, Thor Sigurjonsson and Sigurjón Sighvatsson, for Iceland’s Zik Zak Filmworks, is being co-produced by Ruben Thorkildsen for Norway’s Ape&Bjørn.
Finally, German director Thomas Arslan’s €1.5 million Bright Nights follows a father trying to rekindle his relationship with his son after years of absence and lack of communication. He takes him on a car ride across northern Norway, hoping it is not too late. Florian Koerner von Gustorf and Michael Weber instigated the production for Germany’s Schramm Film Koerner & Weber, together with Maria Ekerhovd, of Norway’s Mer Film.