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FUNDING Norway

The Norwegian Film Institute supports Joachim Trier’s The Worst Person in the World

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- In addition to Trier, three feature-length documentaries will be receiving the institute’s funding, according to its latest announcement

The Norwegian Film Institute supports Joachim Trier’s The Worst Person in the World
Director Joachim Trier

The Norwegian Film Institute (NFI) has announced its latest slate of funding, in which one feature-length fiction film and three documentaries will be the recipients of a total of NOK 10,225,000 (€1,056,000).

The sole fiction movie is Joachim Trier’s fifth feature, The Worst Person in the World, which will receive NOK 9,075,000 (€937,000) from the NFI. Coming two years after the director’s foray into genre, with Thelma [+see also:
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trailer
interview: Eili Harboe
interview: Joachim Trier
film profile
]
, the film is a love story that also brings Trier’s “Oslo Trilogy” to an end, after it began with his feature debut, Reprise [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Joachim Trier
interview: Karin Julsrud
film profile
]
, and was followed up by Oslo, August 31st [+see also:
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trailer
interview: Joachim Trier
film profile
]
five years later.

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Written by Trier and his regular collaborator Eskil Vogt, The Worst Person in the World is a dramedy that follows 30-year-old Julie, her quest for romantic relationships, her troubled friendships and her career struggles over the past four years in modern-day Oslo. It is a film about love in our times and the endeavour to find meaning in it. Renate Reinsve (in her first leading role) will play Julie; the actress has previously appeared in the TV series Almost Adult, and she also had a small role in Oslo, August 31st. Flanking her is Anders Danielsen Lie, who previously starred in the other two films in Trier’s trilogy.

Budgeted at NOK 47.7 million (€4,925,000) and produced by Thomas Robsahm’s new company, Oslo Pictures AS, The Worst Person in the World already has Paris-based MK2 films on board as a co-producer and the international sales agent, while more partners will be added soon.

Three documentaries also received funding from the NFI: The Tattooed Sun by Shwan Dler Qaradaki, which tells the story of the director’s late mother by using watercolours and drawings, produced by Kulturbyrået Mesén AS (NOK 350,000 – €36,000); Hockey Dreams by Oskari Pastilla and Janne Niskala, which follows the trials and tribulations of the South Korean hockey team, produced by Finland’s Vaski Film with Norway’s Medieoperatørene AS (NOK 550,000 – €57,000); and Eriko’s Worlds by Jannik Splidsboel, which is about Japanese classical pianist Eriko Makimura, produced by Denmark’s Sonntag Pictures, with Trondheim-based Håvard Wettland Gossé and Spætt Film AS serving as co-producers (NOK 250,000 – €26,000).

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