HAUGESUND, Norway– Scandinavia’s biggest sales company TrustNordisk has come on board to represent Erik Skjoldbjærgs’ anticipated chilly drama “Pyromaniac” (“Pyromanen”) in international markets.
Penned by critically-acclaimed screenwriter Bjørn Olaf Johannessen, who wrote Wim Wenders’ “Every Thing Will Be Fine,” “Pyromaniac” is based on a true story depicted in Gaute Heivoll’s best-selling novel “Before I Burn.”
Unfolding in Finsland, a rural town of Southern Norway in the summer 1978, the film tells the gripping story of a troubled 19-year old man who was working as a fireman and became overwhelmed with an urge to destroy. The teenager started setting properties on fire over the course of one month, causing tremendous damage before getting arrested.
Johannessen said the film, which just started shooting, “is told from the arsonist’s perspective and isn’t a psychological or moralist drama.” “We’re seeing this young man who is both dark and vulnerable fall into a destructive and dangerous path and we draw up our own conclusions,” explained Johannessen.
Aage Aaberge is producing for Norwegian outfit GLØR Film. Nordisk Film will distribute the film in early 2016.
A Norwegian director, kjoldbjærgs gained international recognition with movies exploring different aspects of Norwegian society with twisted characters. His latest film “Pioneer” is set against the backdrop of the 1980’s Norwegian oil boom. One of his best-known movies, “Insomnia” was remade by Christopher Nolan in the U.S.. kjoldbjærgs most recently directed episodes of the dystopian Norwegian thriller series “Occupied.”
Besides “Every Thing Will Be Fine,” Johannessen’s recent screenwriting credits include “The Disappearing Illusionist,” which premiered in Karlovy Vary. The Norwegian writer said he will likely reteam with Wenders on another project. The pair collaborated on “Every Thing Will Be Fine” after Johannessen sent him a spec script for what became a 3D drama with James Franco, Charlotte Gainsbourg and Rachel McAdams. Johanessen also wrote episodes of Wenders’ “Cathedrals of Culture.”
Interested in television series as well as plays, the screenwriter has also created and penned episodes of the Norwegian comedy drama “Kampen for tilværelsen.”