Nordic Genre Boost: New Films From THALE, TROLLHUNTER, METALHEAD Directors, And More
Fans of Nordic fantastic film have reason to celebrate because the Nordic Genre Boost initiative will provide development grants and access to two residential workshops to a handful of genre films projects.
Of the 113 entries this year seven were chosen to receive the grant and invitation to the workshops at the Night Visions International Film Festival in Helsinki (April 15 - 19, 2015) and then in Haugesund during New Nordic Films' Co-Production and Finance Market (August 19 - 20, 2015).
So what does the boost get us? Well, Aleksander Nordaas we give us a sequel to Thale. We get an adaptation of another novel by John Ajvide Lindqvist (Let the Right One In). We will get new films from TrollHunter director André Øvredal and Metalhead director Ragnar Bragason. And some of the debut features include dangerous breeds of mosquitoes and girls with 'endangering talents' being locked up in an institution.
Valeria Richter, Project Manager of NORDIC GENRE BOOST said: "We were firstly overwhelmed and very happy with the huge interest and secondly, with the high quality of the projects that range from horror to science fiction and dystopian fantasies. Our editorial line was to look for projects that would benefit the most from the two workshops and the development process that we offer. "
Nordisk Film & TV Fond CEO Petri Kemppinen said: "The response from our NORDIC GENRE BOOST initiative has been amazing and shows that it fulfils a need in the market. The selected genre titles offer an interesting combination of new talents collaborating with established producers and experienced directors. "
Here are brief descriptions of all seven films benefiting from the program. All seven titles are definitely worth keeping an eye out for and we will keep you posted as each production progresses and hits the festival circuits.
-BloodsuckersFinland. Horror Comedy. First feature film by Elin Grönblom, produced by Leila Lyytikäinen of Fisher King Production. A new breed of mosquitoes is spreading across Finnish Lapland.- BodomFinland. Horror/Slasher/Survival. Third feature film by Taneli Mustonen, produced by Aleksi Hyvärinen of Don Films. A group of teenagers decide to reconstruct an unsolved murder and every camper´s worst nightmare comes true.- BorderDenmark/Sweden. Nordic Horror/Supernatural. First feature film by Ali Abbasi, produced by Nina Bisgaard of Meta Film. Troll mythology meets a dark romantic, horror story - based on a novel by John Ajvide Lindqvist (Let the Right One In).- Bright SkiesNorway. Fantasy /Science Fiction. Second feature film by André Øvredal (Trollhunter), produced by John Einar Hagen of Eldorado Films. UFO-events of an international scale inspire secrecy in a tiny Norwegian valley.- TeenlandDenmark. Science Fiction. First feature film by Marie Grathø Sørensen, produced by Amalie Lyngbo Hjort and Peter Hyldahl of Beofilm. Sci-fi pop noir about girls with endangering talents, who are locked away in an institution.- Thale 2Norway. Fantasy. Third feature film by Aleksander Nordaas, produced by Bendik Heggen Strønstrand of Yesbox Productions. Spellbinders and lurking creatures from Norwegian folklore come alive.- The HighlandsIceland. Psychological Horror Thriller by Ragnar Bragason (Metalhead) produced by Skúli Malmquist and Thor Sigurjonsson of Zik Zak Filmworks. Modern saga set in the volcanic hinterlands - based on a novel by Steinar Bragi.