Easy money for Life Deluxe, Hallåhallå and further two films
by Jorn Rossing Jensen
- The Swedish Film Institute allocates €2.2 million production funding for four feature productions, adding €400,000 for six shorts
Swedish director Jens Jonsson's Life Deluxe (photo) - the concluding part of the Easy Money trilogy from Swedish lawyer-turned author Jens Lapidus's Stockholm Noir novels, received €800,000 funding from the Swedish Film Institute, when yesterday (December 20) it allocated €2.2 million production support for four new features and €0.4 million for six shorts.
The first instalment in the series about JW, a young poor student with a double life within the wealthy Stockholm elite, took more than local 600,000 admissions to become one of the biggest successes during the last 10 years. Produced by Fredrik Wikström Nicastro for Tre Vänner with Film i Väst, Life Deluxe will be ready for release next autumn through Nordisk Film.
Swedish director Maria Blom's HALLÅHALLÅ - a "warm comedy about love and rebellion" filmed in her home region of Dalecarlia - was awarded €1.6 million; her follow-up to Dalecarlians [+see also:
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film profile] (2004), which sold 800,000 tickets in Sweden, will be produced by Lars Jönsson for Memfis Film. Svensk Filmindustri will release the Maria Sid-starrer in January 2014.
€115,000 million went to Norwegian director Erik Poppe's A Thousand Times Good Night, staged by Norwegian producer Finn Gjerdrum for Paradox, with Zentropa International Sweden. The drama of a woman photographer stars French actress Juliette Binoche, Irish U2 drummer Larry Mullen Jr and Danish actor Nikolaj Coster-Waldau.
Swedish director Anders Jedenfors' feature-length documentary, In the Country, was given €100,000. Produced by Karl Wettre for Malade, the film portrays a retired couple, Mr and Mrs Carlsson, in the plains of Dalsland - outwardly completely ordinary, but on closer inspection quite the opposite.
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