SF Norge grows prod’n arm

Addition to allow continuous flow of pix for distribution, Petterson sez

COPENHAGEN — SF Norge, the Norwegian arm of Svensk Filmindustri, will add a production outfit to its distribution operation.

SF Norge dabbled in the field as a co-producer on Erik Gustavson’s 1999 pic “Sophie’s World.”

Generating 210,000 admissions domestically before selling to 42 territories through Svensk, the film almost tripled SF Norge’s bottom line. Since then, managing director Guttorm Petterson has chipped in coin on several projects.

“Setting up our own production company will secure a continuous flow of Norwegian films for our distribution, as well as bringing new titles into Svensk’s catalog,” Petterson told Daily Variety. “Several features are in development, but they are yet to be fully packaged.”

Having participated in Hans Petter Moland’s “Aberdeen” and Pal Sletaune’s “You Really Got Me,” SF Norge will back two documentaries and three features from five companies before beginning its solo effort.

The package includes Unni Straume’s “Music for Weddings and Funerals,” starring Swedish thesp Lena Endre and Bosnian composer Goran Bregovic; Lars Berg’s feature debut, “Broken Glass”; and Kjerstin Norman’s “Pelle — The Police Car.”

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