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FUNDING Nordic countries

The Nordisk Film & TV Fond announces its May funding slate

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- The upcoming projects by Niels Arden Oplev, Rojda Sekersöz, Hlynur Pálmason and Kristoffer Metcalfe are among the recipients of financial support

The Nordisk Film & TV Fond announces its May funding slate
l-r: Writer Jonas Gardell, comedian Johan Rheborg and Rojda Sekersöz, director of the upcoming My Life as a Comedian

Just a couple of days after announcing its April slate of funding (see the news), the Nordisk Film & TV Fond has released the names of the recipients of its latest round of financial support, which was decided in May. For this round, the Oslo-based fund will support three fiction feature films, one TV series and four feature-length documentaries with a budget totalling over NOK 11 million (€1.17 million).

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Starting with the feature films, Danish director Niels Arden Oplev will adapt the tragic story of freelance photographer Daniel Rye, who was held hostage by ISIS while working in Syria in 2013, in his upcoming biopic Daniel, which will start shooting in October (see the news). Co-produced by Danish outfit Toolbox Film with Cinenic Film (Sweden), Hummelfilm (Norway) and Deluca Film (Denmark), the project has received NOK 2.8 million (€300,000) from the Nordisk Film & TV Fond.

Swedish director Rojda Sekersöz, the winner of Best Newcomer at the 2018 Guldbagge Awards for her debut Beyond Dreams [+see also:
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(see the news), has been supported with NOK 2 million (€215,000) for her sophomore coming-of-age film, My Life as a Comedian. Adapted by Jonas Gardell from his best-selling novel, the story is set in the 1970s and follows 12-year-old Juha, who is the class clown and finds that humour is his only means of being accepted by his family and socially at school. Famous comedian Johan Rheborg stars in the title role. It is being produced by Martin Persson for Anagram Sweden, together with Film i VästSVT and SF Studios, and is supported by the Swedish Film Institute.

After his successful debut, Winter Brothers [+see also:
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, Copenhagen-based Icelandic filmmaker Hlynur Pálmason is ready to shoot his sophomore effort, A White, White Day, starting on 14 August. The project, which was first presented and awarded at the IFFR’s 35th CineMart (see the news), focuses on an off-duty police chief whose wife recently died in a car accident, and he suspects that a local man had an affair with her. Receiving NOK 1.8 million (€190,000), the film is being co-produced by Anton Máni Svansson for Iceland’s Join Motion Pictures with Snowglobe (Denmark) and Hob AB (Sweden), and is financed by RÚV, DR and Film i Väst, with support from the Icelandic Film Centre, the Danish Film Institute, the Swedish Film Institute and Creative Europe. Polish firm New Europe Film Sales is handling the world sales.

The sole TV project is the Norwegian thriller-drama Twin, which has been commissioned by NRK. The 8 x 45-minute series follows Erik, a surf bum who hasn’t seen his businessman and family-man identical twin, Adam, for many years. When he visits him to ask for help, he is rejected, and during a quarrel that erupts, Adam’s wife accidentally kills her husband. Now Erik must replace his brother by assuming his identity. Co-directed by Kristoffer Metcalfe and Erika Calmeyer, and co-written by Metcalfe with Anne ElvedalVegard Steiro Amundsen and Sofia Lersol Lund, based on an idea by Kristoffer Hivju and Gisle Norman Melhus, the series has been shooting since April and will wrap in October. Granted NOK 2 million (€215,000), Twin is being co-produced by Sigurd Mikal Karoliussen for Nordisk Film Production with Storyline NOR and Moskus Film, and is supported by the Norwegian Film Institute and Filmfond NordTrustNordisk is handling the sales, and the NRK premiere is set for March 2019.

Finally, the four documentaries that have received the fund’s support are: Flee by Jonas Poher Rasmussen, produced by Final Cut for Real (Denmark), with NOK 1.3 million (€138,000); The Mercedes Principle by Alina Rudnitskaya, produced by Danish Documentary, with NOK 500,000 (€53,000); Vikings vs Wolves on Wall Street by Fredrik Horn Akselsen, produced by Nordicstories (Norway), with NOK 400,000 (€42,500); and My Father’s Acres by Carl Olsson, produced by Final Cut for Real (Denmark), with NOK 250,000 (€26,500).

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