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Naess goes with ‘Woman’

'Elling' helmer wins trust of bestselling novelist Loe

STOCKHOLM — Norwegian helmer Petter Naess, Oscar nommed in 2001 for “Elling,” is attached to direct “Gone with the Woman” (Tatt av kvinnen), based on the novel by bestselling local author Erlend Loe.

Produced by Olav Oen of Monster Film, the $2.7 million project has received $1.3 million from the Norwegian Film Fund. Naess and Oen are casting, with lensing skedded to start in September and the preem set for fall 2007. Pic is Monster Film’s first feature.

A number of directors have wanted to adapt Loe’s books for the screen, but the author played hard to get until Naess presented the script by John Bogeus, who formerly collaborated with Naess on coming-of-age drama “Just Bea.”

“Naess can pick and choose among projects. When he wants to adapt my book, he should get my permission,” said Loe.

The story deals with a young man’s experiences with love. When a woman moves into his home, he feels powerless as she starts to rule his life.