email print share on Facebook share on Twitter share on reddit pin on Pinterest

PRODUCTION Norway

Newcomer to become first detective with Down's Syndrome – and Eurimages support

by 

- Norwegian director Bård Breien’s €3.2 million The Down's Detective will shoot on locations in Prague from late August for Headhunters’ producer Friland Produksjon

Newcomer to become first detective with Down's Syndrome – and Eurimages support

A 32–year-old employee at the internal message service of the Sandefjord City Hall, who has never been in a film previously, will play the lead in Norwegian director Bård Breien’s €3.2 million The Down's Detective, which will start principal photography on locations in Prague from late August. Svein Andre Hofsø has performed in his sister’s home videos; he has always wanted to become an actor, and after he was selected for the role after several auditions he has lost ten kilos and learned how to dance.

(The article continues below - Commercial information)

At the same time, Breien’s follow-up to his award-winning feature debut, The Art of Negative Thinking [+see also:
trailer
film profile
]
(2006), which won international awards both in Germany and the Czech Republic, has received €320,000 financing from Eurimages, the European Council’s co-production fund. The Norwegian Film Institute has chipped in €1.2 million for the project.

Scripted by Breien and Eske Troelstrup, The Down's Detective is the story of a 28-year-old private investigator, Robert Bogerud, who is short of assignments – he suffers from Down's Syndrome. But when the famous skater Olav Stjernen disappears, and his family needs a harmless PI to calm down a wealthy and senile grandmother, he is on the job. And even his father, a real detective who is also on the case, realises that Robert has an extraordinary aptitude for police work.

Staged by Norwegian producers Asle Vatn and Pål Røed for Friland, recently credited for such films as Headhunters [+see also:
trailer
film profile
]
, Sons of Norway [+see also:
film review
trailer
film profile
]
and Upperdog [+see also:
trailer
film profile
]
, Breien’s second feature is co-produced by Bo Ehrhardt, of Denmark’s Nimbus Film ApS and Pavel Bercik, of the Czech Republic’s Evolution. Nordisk Film handles local release, and TrustNordisk international sales.

Did you enjoy reading this article? Please subscribe to our newsletter to receive more stories like this directly in your inbox.