NOK12,650,000 production support granted to four feature films and one TV drama.
In its May round of support Nordisk Film & TV Fond has allocated the following grants:
-NOK3,850,000 to the WW2 drama The 12th Man produced by Aage Aaberge for Nordisk Film Production Norway.
Hollywood-based Harald Zwart (The Karate Kid) makes his return to Norwegian-language filmmaking with this drama written by Petter Skavlan (Kon-Tiki). The film focuses on the resistance fighter Jan Baalsrud and his legendary escape form the Nazis in 1943. In the title role is Norwegian rapper and TV host Thomas Gullestad. Irish star Jonathan Ryes Meyer plays a German officer. Principal photography starts in February 2017. The film is produced in collaboration with Zwart Arbeid and Film Camp. TrustNordisk handles world sales.
-NOK2,500,000 to Joachim Trier’s supernatural horror drama Thelma produced by Thomas Robsahm for Motlys. Trier is sharing the writing credit with his long time long collaborator Eskil Vogt. The plot-driven film centres on a young woman in her 20s yet unaware of her frightening powers who leaves provincial Norway to study at Oslo University. There she feels alienated, until she meets Anja. Filming starts in September. The film is co-produced by Memento Films Production (France), Snowglobe (Denmark) and B-Reel (Sweden), with support among others from Eurimages. SF Norge handles domestic distribution and Memento Films International world sales.
-NOK2,500,000 to the Untitled Maria Blom film produced by Patrick Ryborn for Unlimited Stories in Sweden.
-NOK 1,300,000 to Under the Tree by Rams producer Grímar Jónsson (Netop Films). The family drama is directed by Hafsteinn Gunnar Sigurðsson (Paris of the North, Either Way). The main character Atli, father of a four-year old daughter, is accused of adultery from his ex-fiancée and forced to move in with his parents. While he fights for custody, he is gradually sucked into a dispute between his parents and their neighbours regarding an old and beautiful tree. In the main roles are comedians Steinthor Hroar Steinthorsson, Edda Björgvinsdóttir and Sigurður Sigurjónsson (Rams).
-NOK2,500,000 to the TV drama Gåsmamman Season 2 produced by Birgitta Wännström (Endemol Sweden) for CMore/Kanal5. The returning series of the Nordic noir directed by Richard Holm, centres on a woman, drawn into the criminal world to save her family. Co-writers are Camilla Ahlgren (/Bron) and Martin Asphaug. Alexandra Rapaport plays the lead and acts as executive producer. The opening season was a smash hit for Kanal5 that registered one of the highest ratings ever for a local drama. Season 2 will premiere on CMore in November 2016 and on Kanal5 in February 2017. Endemol Shine International handles world sales.