Eurimages supports Morgenthaler and Dahr
by Annika Pham
In its latest round of production support, the Eurimages fund of the European Council awarded €300,000 to the Danish animated film Æblet & Ormen (The Apple and the Worm) by Anders Morgenthaler (Princess [+see also:
film profile]) and €500,000 to the Norwegian film Appelsinpiken (The Orange Girl) by Eva Dahr, based on Jostein Gaarder’s best-selling novel.
The Apple and the Worm was produced by Sarita Christensen for Copenhagen Bombay (Denmark), in co-production with Garage Film (Sweden), and has already received support from the Danish Film Institute and the Nordisk Film & TV Fond.
Co-written by Morgenthaler and Marie Østerbye, it tells the story of Torben, a shiny young apple who dreams of making it to the bright lights of the supermarket fruit section. But his dream is shattered one sunny morning when a worm pokes her head out of his perfect skin. The film is Morgenthaler’s third feature following the adult animation film Princess, which screened at Cannes’s Directors Fortnight in 2006, and the drama Echo [+see also:
film profile], set to be released in Denmark in December.
The Orange Girl will also be Dahr’s third feature, following Burning Flowers (1985) and Mars & Venus, one of this year’s biggest local hits in Norway (over 130,000 admissions). The film is based on Gaarder’s eponymous novel, which was translated into 43 languages and is, along with Sophie’s World, one of the Norwegian author’s most successful novels.
The Orange Girl is produced by Axel Helgeland (I Am Dina [+see also:
film profile]) for his Norwegian production company Helgeland Film and co-produced with Jaleo Films (Spain) and Tradewind Pictures (Germany), with co-financing from TV2 Norway.
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