Norwegian fund thinks ‘Negative’

Maipo's black comedy received $714,000

LONDON — Two features and one TV series have been greenlit after receiving coin from the Norwegian Film Fund.

Black comedy “The Art of Negative Thinking,” which is the first of production company Maipo’s low-budget projects, received $714,000 from the fund. The $1.2 million pic is about handicapped people who attend a course in positive thinking. Dag Alveberg, producer of the “Elling” pics, will produce this first feature by writer-director Bard Breien.

Helmer Petter Naess, who made a name for himself with the first and the third “Elling” films and last year’s teen movie “Just Bea,” is back with “The Hope” (Hoppet), a Norwegian-Swedish co-production for children. Norwegian production company Cinenord was granted $157,000 for the story about two young brothers who leave Kurdistan for Sweden. Joachim Stridsberg and Lotta Nilsson of Swedish Happy Zingo will produce.

TV comedy series “The Archive” (Arkivet), set in the basement of a Norwegian hospital, received $370,000. Co-financed by TV3, the series is produced by Graceland Film Company’s Hans Bastian Borg and helmed by Robert Naess.

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