The feature films Alone in Space, documentary Fræmling and TV movie The Independence Day Ball received production support in March.
Alone in Space produced by Stefan Baron, Sonja Hermele and Anna Knochenhauer (Nice Drama) was granted NOK 1,400,000. The Swedish adventure space movie for the family is based on the play ‘Vial’ by playwright/actor Henrik Ståhl who co-wrote the screen adaptation with director Ted Kjellsson (The Junkyard Kids).
Siblings Gladys (13) and her brother Keaton (6) are lost in space on an enormous evacuation spaceship after an environmental disaster. They are on their way to paradise planet Vial, guided and helped in their odyssey by Japanese computer Otōsan, an A.I. that controls the spaceship and life support system. One day Vojajer, a friendly alien refugee crashes into their spaceship, on his quest to find Earth. Together the alien and the children will fight for survival.
The SEK 20m (€2.1m) film starts shooting in July at Filmpool Nord’s Studio. Nordisk Film handles Scandinavian distribution and TrustNordisk world sales. The premiere is planned for the fall 2018.
The documentary Fræmling produced by Erik Hemmendorff (Plattform Production) was granted NOK 450,000.
Director Mikel Cee Karlsson Greetings from the Woods) attempts to unmask the life and death of his best friend, a young father who suddenly descends into a secret dual life in order to handle a desperate and dangerous situation. Together, they begin to carefully document and re-create certain key events aiming to tell his story. A project that the director eventually is left to finish on his own when his best friend passes away.
The film is co-produced by Bufo Oy in Finland and Film i Väst, with support from the Swedish Film Institute, the Finnish Film Foundation, AVEK and YLE. Non-Stop Entertainment handles distribution in the Nordics besides Finland, handled by B-Plan.
The TV movie The Independence Day Ball produced by Liselott Forsman (YLE Drama) was granted NOK 400,000. Writer/director Tapio Piirainen (Raid) will bring his humour and warmth to the buddy movie featuring philosopher Bruno (Ville Myllyrinne) and the wise Lappish guy Jallu (Kai Lehtinen) on a 1200 km journey through snowy Finland. A runaway bride (Anni-Kristiina Juuso) joins the duo, and on the way, they meet the elderly Olga (Seela Sella). The 70 minute film will premiere on December 3rd on YLE, just a few days before Finland’s celebration of the centenary of its independence.
Nordisk Film & TV Fond also allocated the following seven single distribution grants:
The Fund also awarded the following dubbing grants
Film Cultural Initiatives support comprise: