Marius Holst's 'Bastoy' given $2.8 million

STOCKHOLM — The Norwegian Film Institute handed out $6.7 million in funding to three features.

“Bastoy,” helmed by Marius Holst and produced by Karin Julsrud for production company 4 1Z2, gets $2.8 million toward its $8 million budget.

Pic is based on a tragic incident in 1915 when teenagers in an Oslo youth prison rebelled and were brutally beaten down by the authorities. Pic starts shooting in February for a winter 2010 premiere.

Helmer Arild Ostin Ommundsen’s “Rottenetter,” an adventure story set in the Norwegian oil business, produced by Finn Gjerdrum and Stein B. Kvae for Paradox, gets $1.5 million toward its $3.5 million budget. Pic starts shooting in September for an October 2009 premiere.

“Upperdog,” a youth drama helmed by Sara Johnsen (“Kissed by Winter”) and produced by Asle Vatn and Christian Fredrik Martin for Friland, gets $1.9 million out of a $3.8 million budget. Pic starts shooting in September for an August 2009 premiere.

The Norwegian Film Institute also handed out coin to three docus.

“Sammen,” helmed by Hanne Myren and produced by Oyvind Rostad and Kristine Skaret for Medieoperatorene, gets $150,000 out of a total budget of $205,000. “Olso vakner,” helmed by Kari Pettersen and produced by Petter Vennerod for Merkur, gets $150,000 out of a budget of $220,000. “Siste forsok,” helmed by Charlotte Thiis Evensen and produced by Yngve Saether for Motlys, gets $149,000 out of a budget of $179,000.

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