Motlys backs Trier’s new project
by Annika Pham
Producer Yngve Sæther of Motlys Film, one of Norway’s leading production outfits, is at the Cannes Market to discuss with potential co-production partners the second feature film by talented filmmaker Joachim Trier (Reprise [+see also:
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It's been four years since Trier made his multiple award-winning feature debut Reprise, a tribute to French Nouvelle Vague. His new film, Oslo 31 August, is again co-written by the director and Eskil Vogt and reunites much of the same creative team.
Set during one summer day, the film focuses on a young man who comes out of drug rehabilitation and tries to get on with his life. Sæther is in Cannes looking for co-financiers to lock the €1.8-2m project and hopes to start production this summer.
The producer has a handful of other director-driven films on his roster, including two based on the Jarle Klepp character (The Man Who Loved Yngve [+see also:
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In The Orheim Company, to be directed byArild Andresen, a young man sees his life in flashbacks during his father’s funeral. The project will go into production next year. Sæther has another film in early stages of development: Hjelp, the feature debut of novelist Dag Johan Haugerud, who is well-established across Europe.
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