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FUNDING Nordic countries

The Nordisk Film & TV Fond announces its September and October funding slates


- The upcoming projects by Mikael Håfström, Amanda Kernell, Ole Christian Madsen and Maria Sødahl are among the ten recipients of financial support

The Nordisk Film & TV Fond announces its September and October funding slates
Swedish director Amanda Kernell, who has received funding for her sophomore film, Charter (© Anders Wiklund/TT)

The Nordisk Film & TV Fond has recently announced the names of the recipients of its September and October slates of financial support. For both rounds combined, the Nordic fund will support six feature-length fiction films, three TV series and one feature-length documentary with a budget totalling over NOK 17.7 million (€1.851 million).

While preparing his new TV series The Conductor (see the news), Swedish director Mikael Håfström is also filming his first Swedish feature in 15 years, the psychological thriller The Perfect Patient (Quick), which has received support of NOK 2.35 million (€246,000). Based on the true story of the Thomas Quick case, the script, written by Erlend Loe, follows journalist Hannes Råstam (Jonas Karlsson), who wants to prove the innocence of self-proclaimed serial killer Thomas Quick (David Dencik) and unveil the chaos of the Swedish judicial system in the country’s biggest legal scandal. Produced by Sweden’s Helena Danielsson for Bacademy (Brain Academy), with Norway’s Paradox Film, Belgium’s UmediaFilm i VästNordisk Film and TV4, the film will premiere in autumn/winter 2019, and TrustNordisk is handling the international sales.

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Swedish director Amanda Kernell (Sámi Blood [+see also:
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) returns with her sophomore feature, Charter (working title), which has been supported with a grant of NOK 2.2 million (€230,000). It is a drama about 40-year-old Alice, who is in danger of losing custody of her children, so she decides to abduct them and embark on a charter trip to the Canary Islands. Filming will commence in January, and it is being produced by Lars G Lindström for Sweden’s Nordisk Film Production, in co-production with Nordisk Film Production Norway and Nordisk Film Production Denmark, and in association with SVTFilmpool Nord, Film i Västerbotten and the Canary Island Tax scheme. It is being supported by the Swedish Film Institute, the Danish Film Institute, the Norwegian Film Institute and Eurimages. The release by Nordisk Film is scheduled for 2020.

Norwegian director Maria Sødahl’s semi-autobiographical sophomore drama, Hope, starring Andrea Bræn Hovig and Stellan Skarsgård, has received a grant of NOK 1.7 million (€178,000). The film, which has previously been supported by the Norwegian Film Institute (see the news), is being co-produced by Thomas Robsahm of Motlys with Zentropa, and is set to premiere in late 2019. TrustNordisk is handling the world sales.

Acclaimed Danish director Ole Christian Madsen (Superclásico [+see also:
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) returns to his homeland with Notat, which deals with the 2015 Copenhagen terrorist attack (see the news). The film received NOK 1.65 million (€172,000) worth of support. It is being co-produced by Creative Alliance Denmark with Norway’s 4½ Fiksjon and SF Studios, and is supported by the Danish Film Institute and DR.

Finally, budgeted at NOK 45 million (€4.7 million), the Norwegian CGI animated film Captain Sabertooth and the Magic Diamond by Rasmus A Sivertsen and Marit Moum Aune has received a NOK 2.7 million (€282,000) grant, while the Finnish children’s film Vinski and the Invisibility Powder by Juha Wuolijoki received NOK 1.25 million (€131,000).

The three TV series that have received the fund’s support are: the Danish thriller DNA, written by Torleif Hoppe (The Killing, The Bridge), with NOK 3.2 million (€334,500); the Finnish-Spanish crime-drama Paradise, penned by Matti Laine, with NOK 1.85 million (€193,500); and “the first-ever Danish multi-plot drama”, When the Dust Settles, created by Ida Maria Ryden and Dorthe Høgh and produced by Stina Lassen, with NOK 1.5 million (€157,000).

The sole documentary is The Curtain Fall by Anders Østergaard, which explores the story of two young Jewish musicians who played in the bizarre Jüdischer Kulturbund organisation in the 1930s. Produced by Mette Heide for Denmark’s Plus Pictures, the documentary received NOK 800,000 (€84,000).

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