Swedes embark on Noble enterprise

Fest competish delivers four projects by local tyros

STOCKHOLM — Swedish shingle Noble Prod. is to produce four features by fledgling talents, chosen as part of a contest at the Stockholm Film Festival.

Last autumn, Noble invited tyro scribes to send their work to the fest. Out of 100 applicants, 10 were chosen to present their projects at a pitching sesh. A jury of professional filmmakers chose three winners, whose pics will now be produced by Noble.

“We were pleasantly surprised by the standard of the contributions. The projects feel fresh and we fell for the way the writers told their stories,” said Daniel Fridell, a writer-director-producer who will work as a creative producer on the projects.

Film student Pelin Bealtali’s “Sundbo” is a thriller about a young female psychology student who falls in love with a patient. Bealtali will helm.

Writers-directors Shahriyar Latifzadeh and Henrik Moeller will develop their short film “Love 3000” into a feature. Lensing of the love story will start in the autumn on a budget south of $1 million.

Henric Ahlgren and Magnus Larsson will write and helm an English-language horror pic to be shot in London and Cuba in the autumn. Budget is estimated at $5 million-$6 million.

Mico Vranjes, who also took part in the competition but was not one of the winners, also is developing his script with Noble. Noble, which recently produced Fridell’s “Say That You Love Me,” also is co-producing “Apartment 1303,” based on a novel by horror writer Kei Ohishi and to be shot in Japan, and “Children of Buena Vista,” a feature length docu on Cuban musicians, some of whom are related to the members of Buena Vista Social Club, as seen in Wim Wenders’ docu. Cuban pic has been pre-sold to Germany, Benelux, Japan and Italy.

Iceland’s Myndform and Finland’s Future Film are regular partners on all Noble’s pics and are expected to also board the four new projects.