The Nordisk Film & TV Fond supports eight Nordic projects
by Vassilis Economou
- Among the recipients are Sweden’s Tomas Alfredson, with his first comedy in 15 years, the new Joachim Hedén feature and Beata Gårdeler’s upcoming TV series
Following its latest announcement back in June (see the news), the Nordisk Film & TV Fond has revealed its latest slate of financial support for titles in production. In total, eight projects – two feature films, two TV dramas and four documentaries – will be the beneficiaries of this round, the budget for which totals NOK 9.45 million (€985,000).
Tomas Alfredson is preparing Jönssonligan, his first Swedish-language film since his major international success Let the Right One In [+see also:
interview: John Nordling
interview: Tomas Alfredson
film profile] in 2008. Written by Rikard Ulvshammar in collaboration with Alfredson and Henrik Dorsin, the film is part of a successful Swedish crime-comedy franchise that originally ran from 1981 to 2000 and was rebooted in 2015. After a failed robbery, Sickan (Henrik Dorsin) ends up in jail. Upon his release, he’s informed that his former gang members have decided to pack in their life of crime, and so he decides to follow his own path. Starring Anders “Ankan” Johansson, Hedda Stiernstedt and David Sundin, this is the first comedy for Alfredson since Four Shades of Brown. Supported with NOK 1,800,000 (€188,000), the movie is currently shooting and is being produced by Pontus Edgren, Fatima Varhos and Anna Carlsen for FLX. The Swedish release is scheduled for late 2019 and will be handled by SF Studios.
Another Swedish project, Breaking Surface, the upcoming film by Joachim Hedén (New York Waiting [+see also:
film profile], 10 000 Timmar [+see also:
film profile]), is a survival drama in which Ida is trying to rescue her sister Tuva, who is trapped underwater after a diving accident. Now richer to the tune of NOK 1,500,000 (€156,500), the film is being shot in Norway and Sweden, and is being produced by Jonas Sörensson and Julia Bebauer for Way Creative Films. It is scheduled to be released in 2019, and Nordisk Film will handle the distribution.
The TV series Invisible Heroes by Finnish actor-director Mika Kurvinen and Chilean writer-director Alicia Scherson is set in 1970s Chile, under Pinochet’s military regime. Based on real-life events, the story follows Tapani Brotherus and Ilkka Jaamala, two Finnish diplomats who helped more than 2,000 political dissidents. The six-part series is written by Tarja Kylmä and Manuela Infante, while Pelle Heikkilä, Ilkka Villi and Mikael Persbrandt star in the leading roles. Shooting is about to wrap, and the fund awarded NOK 2,150,000 (€224,000) to the series, which is being produced by Liisa Penttilä-Asikainen (Kaiho Republic) for YLE, in co-production with Leonora González and Sergio Gándara (Parox SLA, Chile), and in association with Nordic pubcasters SVT, DR, NRK and RÚV, Chilevision TV, and NTV Foundation. The premiere is set for the first quarter of 2019 on YLE.
Directed by Swedish helmer Beata Gårdeler (Flocking [+see also:
interview: Beata Gårdeler
film profile]), the three-part TV series Everything I Can’t Remember is based on the award-winning novel of the same name by Jonas Hassen Khemiri. Adapted by Piotr Marciniak, the story begins with Samuel’s unexpected death, which gives rise to various interpretations. As his mother is investigating, she unearths more undiscovered truths about her late son. Produced by Piodor Gustafsson (Black Spark) and Martina Stöhr (Kärnfilm) for SVT, in association with DR, NRK and YLE, the series has received NOK 1,850,000 (€193,000). Principal photography starts next month, and the premiere is slated for late 2019 or early 2020 on SVT.
Finally, the four documentaries that have received the fund’s support are: Push by Fredrik Gertten, produced by WG Film (Sweden), which received NOK 650,000 (€67,800); What’s Eating Tiny Tim? by Johan von Sydow, produced by Momento Film (Sweden), with NOK 600,000 (€62,500); Mating by Lina Mannheimer, produced by French Quarter Film (Sweden), with NOK 500,000 (€52,100); and A Way to Peace by Jenni Kivistö and Jussi Rastas, produced by Filmimaa Oy (Finland), with NOK 400,000 (€41,700).
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