The Nordisk Film & TV Fond backs three projects with a total of €600,000
- Kaspar Munk’s Wild Witch, Oskar Thór Axelsson’s I Remember You, and Simen Alsvik and Jon Holmberg’s Sophie Borg will receive support from the Nordic fund
Providing top financing for film and TV productions in the five Nordic countries, the Oslo-based Nordisk Film & TV Fond has allocated €600,000 in production funding to Danish director Kaspar Munk’s feature Wild Witch, Icelandic filmmaker Óskar Thór Axelsson’s feature I Remember You, and Swedish directors Simen Alsvik and Jon Holmberg’s 8x30-minute crime-comedy series Sophie Borg.
The lion’s share (€275,000) goes to Munk’s family fantasy film Wild Witch, scripted by Bo Hr Hansen from Danish author Lene Kaaberbøl’s series of books about 12-year-old Clara, who, when she is scratched by a big black cat, finds out that she has special powers and that she belongs to a family of wild witches with a close connection to nature. Filming will start in April in Hungary for Denmark’s Good Company Films, with Norway’s Cinenord Kidstory, Sweden’s Yellow Bird, the UK’s Nevision and Hungary’s Proton Cinema, and with co-financing from Denmark’s TV2 and Norwegian pubcaster NRK. Nordisk Film handles Nordic distribution and TrustNordisk international sales.
Axelsson, whose feature debut, Black’s Game [+see also:
film profile] (2012), received an Edda – Iceland’s national film prize – will film the ghost story/thriller I Remember You from Icelandic author Yrsa Sigurdardottir's bestseller about a psychiatrist who finds out that an elderly lady who has just committed suicide was obsessed with the disappearance of her eight-year-old son 30 years ago. Strange happenings in an abandoned village also seem connected to his fate in the Joni Sighvatsson, Thor Sigurjonsson, Skuli Fr Malmquist and Chris Briggs production for Zik Zak Filmworks, with Norway’s Ape & Bjørn and Germany’s Maze Pictures.
Lastly, in FLX Productions’ Sophie Borg, being produced for Swedish pubcaster SVT, Swedish police officer Sophie Borg and British police inspector Tom Brown are in charge of the inquiry into the murder of an Englishman in a small Swedish town, apparently committed by a serial killer. From an original idea by Erik Hultkvist, Tapio Leopold, Rikard Ulvshammar and Robin Muhr, the series – which is being co-produced by Swedish regional film centre Film Väst – stars Lisa Henni, Adam Godley and Tomas von Brömssen. “We wanted to bring a comedic take on the Nordic noir genre and the clichés that go with it,” said FLX CEO Pontus Edgren.