Norwegian pix share $10.9 mil

Ullmann's 'Miss Julie,' Hamer's '1001 Grams' among recipients

LONDON — The Norwegian Film Institute has distribbed production coin totalling NOK59.4 million ($10.9 million) to seven local pics, including Liv Ullmann’s “Miss Julie” and Bent Hamer’s “1001 Grams.”

Miss Julie,” which Ullmann has adapted from August Strindberg’s play, received $1.4 million. As previously reported (Variety, Jan. 30), the cast includes Jessica Chastain, Colin Farrell and Samantha Morton.

Pic, which will shoot on a $5.1 million budget from April 2, is produced by Synnove Horsdal for Maipo Film. Co-producers are Senorita in France and Apocalypse in the U.K.

Hamer, whose last outing was “Home for Christmas” in 2010, receives $827,000 for “1001 Grams.” This adds to the $1.38 million the pic received from the NFI last year.

Scripted and produced by Hamer for his shingle BulBul Film, the drama-comedy follows a woman scientist who falls in love at a seminar in Paris.

As announced last week, Lisa Marie Gamlem’s “Captain Sabertooth and the Lama Rama” will receive $2.81 million funding from the NFI. Storm Films will produce on a $7.03 million budget, the highest ever in Norway for a children’s film. Disney will release the film in the territory.

Gunnar Vikene receives $1.77 million for his fourth pic, “Her er Harold,” a road movie about a bankrupt furniture dealer who goes to Sweden to kidnap IKEA founder Ingvar Kamprad.

Vikene last film, “Vegas,” won Norway’s top film prize, the Amanda, in 2009.

Ekerhovd will produce for Mer Film with Axel Helgeland of Helgeland Film.

Maipo Film collected $1.19 million for “Leo,” the second feature by Eirik Svensson, following “Must Have Been Love.”

“Leo,” which is a portrait of a 15 year-old boy, will be scripted by Sebastian Torngren Martin and produced by Moa Liljedahl.

Bobbie Peers’ first feature, “Dirk Ohm — The Illusionist Who Disappeared,” gets $1.66 million. Peers, whose 2006 short “Sniffer” won a prize in Cannes, was inspired by the real-life disappearance of a German illusionist in 2003.

Bjorn Olaf Johannessen penned the screenplay, and Mer’s Ekerhovd produces the film, which is also supported by Eurimages.

Leyden identified the book several years ago, wrote the adaptation on spec and attached Worthington.

“Kule kidz grater ikke,” Katarina Launing’s second children’s film after “Magic Silver” in 2009, nabs $1.25 million. The film, about a soccer-mad girl who has cancer, was penned by Linda May Kallestein. Tanya Badendyck and Silje Hopland Eik will produce for Cinenord Kidstory.

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