Five new films were backed by Nordisk Film & TV Fond in December.
The Danish feature I krig & kærlighed was granted the largest production support of NOK 2.5 million.
- I krig og kærlighed (lit. In War and Love) produced by Ronnie Fridthjof is the first Danish film set during the Great War and Fridthjof Film’s biggest feature project ever, with a DKK 42.4m budget. Director Kasper Torsting, behind the TV series Ø, has penned the story of Danish soldier Esben (Sebastian Jessen) who fakes his own death to flee the war and return to his wife Kirstine (Rosalinde Mynster) and son after a three-year absence. But everything has changed as a German officer has replaced him as the family’s father and is courting Kirstine. Hiding in his own attic, Esben witnesses a living nightmare and he must fight for love, survival and to save his family.
The film is co-produced by the Czech Republic’s Film United and Germany’s Nordfilm Kiel, in association with the Danish Film Institute, DR, the Mads Clausen Foundation, the municipalities of Sønderborg and Tønder and FilmFyn, Filmförderung Hamburg Schleswig-Holstein (FFHSH), Creative Europe, the Czech Film Fund, NDR and TV2 Norge. Nordisk Film handles domestic distribution. Filming starts mid-February and the world premiere is set for November 11, 2018 in Sønderborg to coincide with the 100th anniversary of the end of WW1.
- Call Mum produced by Anna-Maria Kantarius (Garagefilm International) was granted NOK 1.5 million. Writer/director Lisa Aschan (She Monkeys), explores the relationship between three generations of women and how a grand-mother, a mother and a daughter strive to connect. The film is produced in association with Film i Väst, SVT, with support from the Swedish Film Institute. Nordisk Film Distribution will handle the Swedish release. Filming is set to start in October 2018, with an expected premiere in the fall 2019.
The following documentaries received production support:
- Jozi Gold produced by Margarete Jangård of Sweden’s WG Film was granted NOK 500,000. Fredrik Gertten (Big Boys Gone Bananas!, Bikes vs Cars) co-directs with Sylvia Vollenhoven and Adam Welz. The mines of Johannesburg, or Jozi, have produced a third of all the gold mined in human history. Now the mines are falling apart and the city confronts an environmental nightmare: tons of radioactive waste polluting the air and turning water into poisonous Acid Mine Drainage. Former Jehovah’s Witness Mariette is on a mission to uncover the truth about Jozi’s mine waste and force the gold industry to take responsibility.
Jozi Gold is co-produced by Anita Rehoff Larsen of Norway’s Sant & Usant and Sylvia Vollenhoven of South Africa’s Vision in Africa, with co-financing from SVT, YLE, DR, LTV, ETV, RTV, Fritt Ord, the City of Malmö, support from the Swedish Film Institute and Creative Europe. The premiere is set for this spring.
- Exit produced by Eirin Gjørv of Norway’s Sant & Usant was granted NOK 500,000. Director Karen Winther goes searching for answers to the question: What was the ‘wake-up call’ that made her and a group of previous violent extremists from Germany, France, USA and Denmark leave violence and extremism behind? The film is co-produced by Germany’s Ma.ja.de Filmproduktion, NDR in cooperation with ARTE, and in association with AMP Film, NRK, SVT, YLE, and VPRO. Deckert Distribution handles world sales.
- Once Aurora produced by Thorvald Nilsen of Flimmer Film was granted NOK 500,000. Aurora is a pop sensation from a small town in Norway. She was discovered at the age of 16, dropped out of school, and spent the next years touring the world. At the age of 20 she is at a breaking point. The film will be an epic coming-of-age story about a young woman finding her way in life and in music. Director Benjamin Langeland has known the singer and her family since childhood and has therefore a unique access to her. Langeland is directing with Stian Servoss. The film was produced in association with NRK, YLE and DR, and support from the Norwegian Film Institute, Western Norway Film Centre and The Audiovisual Fund. The premiere is set for later this year.
Two Film Cultural Initiatives received support:
- Nordic Film Music Days organised by Nordic Film Composers Network was granted NOK 60,000. The full-day event co-organised by EAVE will be held on February 18, 2018 at Nordische Botschafen in Berlin and will close with the Harpa Nordic Film Composers Award ceremony.
- Nordic Film Market held on February 1-4, 2018, parallel to the Göteborg International Film Festival was granted NOK530,000.