The Swedish crime show Cold Cuts produced by Yellow Bird received the largest grant of NOK 2.5 million from Nordisk Film & TV Fond in its latest round of support.
The 8x45’ Swedish show Cold Cuts (Kallskuret) is based on an original idea by renowned criminologist and author Leif GW Persson. Robert Gustafsson (The 100-Year Old Man Who Climbed out the Window and Disappeared) plays the main role as police investigator Nils Söd who together with his unit, unveils secrets hidden for decades. The psychological drama is produced by Yellow Bird’s Søren Stærmose, in co-production with Discovery Networks Sweden, Viaplay and Nordisk Film, in association with DR, TV Norge, YLE, Simmin Iceland, ALE Kino Poland, Lumiere, support from FilmRegion Stockholm Mälardalen and the Swedish Film Institute. Banijay Rights handles world distribution. Filming will take place between October 2017 and March 2018. Cold Cuts will premiere on Kanal5 in the fall 2018 and after on Viaplay.
The Norwegian feature film U directed by Erik Poppe for Paradox was granted NOK 1.7 million. The film goes back to the terrorist attack of July 22, 2011 on the island of Utoya, when Norwegian right wing extremist Anders Breivik kills and injured hundreds of youngsters gathered at a summer camp organised by the Labour Party’s youth association. The film seen solely from the perspective of the youth, tells of Kaja, 18, her little sister and their friends at the summer camp. When the first shots are heard and panic spreads, Kaja who had been separated from her sister, desperately tries to find her and comes across other teenagers. All have different strategies to survive. Co-writers Siv Rajendram Eliassen and Anna Bache-Wiig have based their script on in-depth interviews with survivors. The film will be distributed by Nordisk Film.
The Finnish drama Dark Christ (Tumma Kristus) produced by Kaarle Aho of Making Movies was granted NOK1.700.000. The project reunites director Klaus Härö with The Fencer scriptwriter Anna Heinämaa. It’s the story of an elderly art dealer who wants to make his last big deal. When he discovers a heavily under-priced painting named Dark Christ, he decides to borrow all the savings from his grandson to leave the art scene with panache. Then everything starts to go wrong. Jussi award-winning actor Heikki Nousiainen (Letters to Father Jacob) plays the main role, alongside Pirjo Lonka, Amos Brotherus and Swedish actor Stefan Sauk.
The film is produced in association with YLE, IPR.VC, and support from Svenska kulturfonden, Konstsamfundet and The Church Media Fund among others. Nordisk Film handles distribution. Filming starts on September 27 and delivery is set for the fall 2018.
The Swedish documentary Living, Loving produced by Stina Gardell of Mantaray Film was granted NOK400,000. Director Mette Aakerholm Gardell has entered the world of ‘The Rainbow’, first retirement home for LGBTQ persons. When Agneta, Thomas and Ingbritt move to The Rainbow, they start living and loving themselves in a new way. The film introduces us to the characters’ inner lives, dreams and yearnings through real-time video projections of old footage. NonStop Entertainment holds distribution rights for the Nordic and Baltic countries.
Camera Film (DK) was granted NOK150,000 for the theatrical release of Aki Kaurismäki’s The Other Side of Hope.
DOX BIO (DK) was granted NOK150,000 for the theatrical release of Margreth Olin’s documentary Childhood.
Nordisk Film Norge was granted NOK100,000 for the theatrical release of Janus Metz’s Borg vs McEnroe.
Slate distribution support worth NOK400,000 was allocated to Heimili kvikmyndanna ses for the theatrical release in Iceland of Ruben Östlund’s The Square and Tarik Saleh’s The Nile Hilton Incident.