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.

Highlights

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

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

Filed Under:

Want to read more articles like this one? SUBSCRIBE TO VARIETY TODAY.
Post A Comment 0

Leave a Reply

No Comments

Comments are moderated. They may be edited for clarity and reprinting in whole or in part in Variety publications.

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

More Film News from Variety

Loading