Hans Petter Moland will soon be Out Stealing Horses
by Jorn Rossing Jensen, Vassilis Economou
- The Norwegian director will adapt “Norway’s biggest international literary success of all time”
UPDATE (2 March 2018): It has been confirmed that the shooting of Out Stealing Horses has already started, and Stellan Skårsgard will play the lead as widower Trond. He and Bjørn Floberg are reuniting under Moland’s direction for the first time since 2010’s crime-comedy A Somewhat Gentle Man [+see also:
interview: Hans Petter Moland
film profile]. Anders Baasmo Christiansen (The King's Choice [+see also:
interview: Erik Poppe
film profile], Kon-Tiki [+see also:
film profile]) has also joined the cast. Budgeted at €4.1 million, the film has confirmed Zentropa Entertainments, Zentropa Sweden, Helgeland Film AS and Film i Väst as co-producers. The Norwegian, Danish and Swedish Film Institutes, national pubcasters NRK, DR and SVT, and the Nordisk Film & TV Fond are also supporting the production. Danish agency TrustNordisk handles the world sales rights, and shooting is expected to wrap around July, as principal photography is being split into winter and summer sessions.
Norwegian director Hans Petter Moland will film Norwegian author Per Petterson’s award-winning novel Out Stealing Horses – he has been working on the project for a year, in collaboration with Oktober Publishing and Oslo-based production company 4½ producers Turid Øversveen and Karin Julsrud, who will stage the production.
Moland most recently directed the Danish thriller A Conspiracy of Faith [+see also:
film profile], part three of Zentropa Entertainments’ Department Q series, which earlier this month recorded 207,669 admissions during its opening weekend – making it the first local feature in history to exceed 200,000. It has now passed 500,000. His latest Norwegian feature was In Order of Disappearance [+see also:
interview: Hans Petter Moland
film profile] (2014), which was selected for the competition at the Berlinale and toured another ten international festivals.
Petterson wrote his sixth book, Out Stealing Horses,in 2003, which was crowned with Norway’s two top literary awards, the Norwegian Critics’ Prize and the Norwegian Booksellers’ Best Book of the Year. When it was published in English two years later, it won the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize and the €100,000 International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award. In 2007, the New York Times Book Review included it on its list of the ten best books of the year.
Dubbed “Norway’s biggest international literary success of all time” by Oktober, the “complex and bittersweet tale of love, betrayal and loss” unfolds in the story of 67-year-old Trond, now a widower, who has moved to a forest village – like the one where he used to go on holiday with his father 50 years ago. Now the memories return, and he is confronted with his life and feelings from 1948.
“I was very happy when I learned that Moland would be making the film,” Petterson told Norway’s Filter Film & TV. “The plan has been on and off for many years, but he is a director whom I trust; he wrote me a letter about how he would do it, which I simply fell in love with.” In 2008, it was announced that Norwegian director Marius Holst would adapt the novel, but the project was never financed.
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