Norway: Indie fare hits tough times

AFM Territory Report

Foreign indie fare had a rough ride in Norway this year, apart from “The Twilight Saga: Eclipse,” which sank its teeth into $5.2 million for Nordisk Film.

Euforia’s “I Love You Philip Morris,” with $700,000, was the only other foreign indie pic to breach the $500,000 mark, with others, like Arthaus’ “Mid-August Lunch” and Svensk Film’s “The Ghost Writer” approaching but not surpassing that figure.

Crime is paying for Erik Skjoldbjaerg’s heist thriller “Nokas,” which has grabbed $2.1 million for Sandrew Metronome and is still in theaters. His hit thriller “Insomnia” was remade by Christopher Nolan.

Local kids’ pics fared well with “Twigson Ties the Knot” taking $3.5 million for Scanbox. Three Nordisk kidpics hit home: “The Junior Olsen Gang and the Master Thief” stealing $2.3 million, “Yohan — The Child Wanderer” drifting to $1.5 million and toonpic “Ploddy the Police Car Makes a Splash” arresting $1.45 million.

“Competition is getting tougher,” says Morten Christoffersen, theatrical distribution director at Nordisk. “The blockbusters are getting bigger, and the medium titles are struggling more. As a consequence, you need to do quite a bit of risk management when buying and launching independent pictures.”

Distribs are keeping a close eye on the effect of the rolling digitization of theaters, which is due to reach 100% in Norway by August. Svensk Film Norway prexy Guttorm Petterson says that this may enable a greater diversity of films in all parts of the country and a faster roll out of pics across Norway.


Top 2010 indie: “The Twilight Saga: Eclipse,” $5.2 million (Nordisk)

Recent pickups: “Skyline,” Nordisk; “London Boulevard,” Svensk; “Bel Ami,” Scanbox

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