Ninjas, Native Americans and Norway get February's production funding

Contemporary Norwegian history, children's secrets and a film by Catti Brandelius.

Photo: Maja Borg
Catti Brandelius stars herself in her The Suburban Indian. Photo: Maja Borg

Half of the films in receipt of February's production funding are documentaries. They include Bravehearts by Kari Anne Moe, which tells the story of the generation in Norway shaped by the terror attack of summer 2011, with a focus on four young people who want to change the world. Another Norwegian film is Erik Skjoldbjaerg's conspiracy thriller Pioneer (Pionjär), in which Peder, a diver, is determined to dive at more than 500 metres' depth, yet something goes wrong.

The short films include The Suburban Indian (Förortsindianen), in which Catti Brandelius reverses the roles of man/woman, hunter/hunted, as a woman, who is being followed by a man, is transformed into a Native American Indian. And Beyond that Wasteland by Daniel Wirtberg and Jenny Wilson is a timeless ninja epic in which a woman suffering from cancer has to challenge the wind in order to survive. In the animated Guess My Secret by Monne Lindström, we get to know three children and their secrets.

Features (more than 72 minutes)

Photo: Alen Grujic
Bravehearts. Photo: Alen Grujic

Bravehearts
Director Kari Anne Moe
Screenplay Kari Anne Moe
Producer Lennart Ström
Funding recipient Auto Images AB*
Target group Youth
Film type Documentary
Technique Live action
Film commissioner Cecilia Lidin
Funding granted 275 000 SEK
*Principal producer. Principal producer Sant & Usant, Norway
Production company´s presentation: Four young people, Sana, Henrik, Haakon and Johanne, want to change the world. They stand for office in the Norwegian school elections. Then something happens that changes them forever. Terror strikes at the heart of Norway. A film about the generation shaped for life by the events of 22 July 2011.

Foto: JH Engström
För dig naken. Photo: JH Engström

For you Naked (För dig naken)
Director Sara Broos
Screenplay Sara Broos
Producer Sara Broos
Funding recipient Alma Film
Target group Adults
Film type Documentary
Technique Live action
Film commissioner Cecilia Lidin
Funding granted 475 000 SEK
Production company´s presentation: For You Naked is an up close and personal film about the artist Lars Lerin and his search for love. A film about how hard it is to find someone and to fall in love after a broken heart and many years of alcohol abuse. Can happiness really come made to order?

Pioneer (Pionjär)
Director Erik Skjoldbjaerg
Screenplay Hans Gunnarsson, Kathrine Valen Zeiner, Cathinka Nicolaysen
Producent Mimmi Spång
Funding recipient Garagefilm International AB**
Genre Thriller
Target group Adults
Film type Feature
Technique Live action
Film commissioner Lars G. Lindström
Funding granted 2 000 000 SEK
**Principal producer Friland Produksjon AS, Norway
Production company´s presentation: It's the early 80s and Norway is keen to secure supplies of its undersea oil. Peder, a diver, is determined to carry out test dives at more than 500 metres' depth. He and his brother Knut have the skill, strength and courage to carry it out, but something goes wrong. Pionjär is a conspiracy thriller about personal loss and a nation's success.

TPB AFK. Photo: Nonami AB

TPB AFK
Director Simon Klose
Screenplay Simon Klose
Producer Martin Persson
Funding recipient Nonami AB
Target group Family
Film type Documentary
Technique Live action
Film commissioner Johan Bogaeus
Funding granted 1 500 000 SEK
Production company´s presentation: The Pirate Bay Away From Keyboard is the personal story of the founders of the world's largest file sharing website. Just how did hacker Gottfrid Swartholm Warg, Internet activist Peter Sunde and beer aficionado Fredrik Neij cause the White House to threaten the Swedish government with trade sanctions?

Short films (under 72 minutes)

 

Foto: Daniel Wirtberg
Beyond That Wasteland. Photo: Daniel Wirtberg

Beyond That Wasteland
Director Daniel Wirtberg
Screenplay Jenny Wilson
Producer Daniel Wirtberg
Funding recipient Daemon Film
Target group Adults
Genre Other
Film type Feature
Technique Live action
Film commissioner Andra Lasmanis
Funding granted 300 000 SEK
Production company´s presentation: A woman suffering from cancer resides in the land of the relentless wind, where one is forced to stay awake in order not to perish. Her only chance of surviving is to challenge the wind, in this timeless ninja epos.

Foto: Maja Borg
The Suburban Indian. Photo: Maja Borg

The Suburban Indian (Förortsindianen)
Director Catti Brandelius
Screenplay Catti Brandelius
Producers Catti Brandelius, Anna Linder
Funding recipient Catti Brandelius
Target group Adults
Genre Other
Film type Feature
Technique Live action
Film commissioner Andra Lasmanis
Funding granted 120 000 SEK
Production company´s presentation: A woman is walking home at night, a man following behind her. Instead of running, she disappears in the darkness. In the shadows she is transformed into a Native American. Roles are reversed: who is the hunter, who the hunted?

Photo: Monne Lindström
Guess My Secret. Photo: Monne Lindström

Guess My Secret (Pinsamt och hemligt)
Director Monne Lindström
Screenplay Monne Lindström, Kristina Meiton, Cristina Schadewitz
Producers Kristina Meiton, Cristina Schadewitz
Funding recipient Kristina Meiton Produktion
Target group Children
Film type Documentary
Technique Animation
Film commissioner Linus Torell
Funding granted 450 000 SEK
Production company´s presentation: Many children live with a secret they think is theirs alone. We meet three such children: their personal stories reveal that they have more in common with other children than they themselves think. The film's animated format makes it easier to talk about its difficult subject matter.

Room 301 (Rum 301)
Director Karin Fahlén
Screenplay Karin Fahlén
Producer Martina Stöhr
Funding recipient Chamdin & Stöhr Film AB
Target group Adults
Genre Drama
Film type Feature
Technique Live action
Film commissioner Andra Lasmanis
Funding granted 450 000 SEK
Production company´s presentation: In the anonymity of a London hotel room a number of people are forced to meet. They all have an urgent and complicated task to carry out in the city, but it's not the task itself that they focus on, but rather their encounter with each other and thereby themselves.

Foto: Olavi Linna
Tiptoe. Photo: Olavi Linna

Tiptoe (Stå på tå)
Director Olavi Linna
Screenplay Olavi Linna
Producers Tove Torbiörnsson, Alberto Herskovits
Funding recipient Altofilm AB
Target group Family
Film type Documentary
Technique Live action
Film commissioner Cecilia Lidin
Funding granted 175 000 SEK
Production company´s presentation: A short film about teenage years and their remarkable combination of boundless hubris at some moments yet profound insecurity at others. The film is set in the Royal Swedish School of Ballet.

Photo: Mårten Nilsson
Our Movie. Photo: Mårten Nilsson

Our Movie (Våran film)
Directors Gunilla HeilbornKim Hiorthøy, Mårten Nilsson
Screenplay Gunilla Heilborn, Kim Hiorthøy
Producer Mårten Nilsson
Funding recipient Gnufilm
Target group Adults
Genre Comedy
Film type Feature
Technique Live action
Film commissioner Andra Lasmanis
Funding granted 350 000 SEK
Production company´s presentation: Mattias has been away from the group for a while. Where has he been? Lots of preparations now, lots of planning, The group needs to bond together again. It should be OK. It should be fun.

Foto: Per Hanefjord
Yes. Photo: Per Hanefjord

Yes
Director Per Hanefjord
Screenplay Per Hanefjord, Jimmy Lindström, Börge Jansson
Producer Adel Kjellström
Funding recipient Röde Orm Film AB
Target group Adults
Genre Drama
Film type Feature
Technique Live action
Film commissioner Andra Lasmanis
Funding granted 400 000 SEK
Production company´s presentation: The action is based simply around a key moment in any person's life, a father's death. The story begins one week before he dies and ends with his funeral. Filling in the gaps are anecdotes about living and growing up with an alcoholic father.

Published 21/02/2012   Changed 28/02/2012