×
You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Goteborg Draws Spotlight on Booming Norwegian Film Biz

GOTEBORG, Sweden– Norway will be well repped at the upcoming Academy Awards with local helmer Morten Tyldum’s “The Imitation Game” competing for eight Oscar nods. Meanwhile, back in Scandinavia, the Norwegian film biz is also on the upswing.

Export of Norwegian films has been growing steadily for the last six years, reaching approximately 7.9 million Euros in 2014 from 4.4 million Euros in 2011.

Meanwhile, Norwegian movies, leading with Børning, a comedy actioner about car racing, grabbed a healthy market share averaging 24.4% at the local B.O. in 2014, according to figures compiled by the Norwegian Film Institute and unveiled during a presentation at Goteborg.

“Norway is probably the Nordic country that has made the strongest progress in filmmaking in recent years, both artistically and audience-wise,” said Jonas Holmberg, the artistic director of Goteborg which is paying tribute to Norwegian cinema this year.

Indeed, for the last three years, the Golden Dragon award for best Nordic film has been won by Norwegian movies: Hisham Zaman’s “Letter To The King” in 2014, Hisham Zaman’s Before Snowfall in 2013, Arild Andresen’s “The Company Orheim” in 2012.

Popular on Variety

The Goteborg presentation was attended by some of the top directors and producers of contempo Norwegian cinema:  Up-and-coming directors like Anne Sewitsky, whose sophomore pic “Homesick” world premiered in Sundance a few days ago, well-established helmer Hans Petter Moland  whose “In order of Disappearance” competed at Berlin last year, and Synnøve Hørsdal producer at Maipo Film. 

Both Sewitsky, who won Sundance’s Grand Prize jury for “Happy Happy,” and Moland, have been signed by U.S. agents. Sewitsky is with UTA, while Moland is with CAA.

Moland said he was currently developing “The Long Ships,” a viking movie penned by Tobias Lindholm and based on Swedish author Frans Gunnar Bengtsson’s novel “Rode Orm” about 10th century adventurer Red Serpent whose journey alters history. The project is set up at Zentropa. 

Sewitsky, who has just returned from Sundance, said her movie “Homesick” has received upbeat reaction from audiences in spite of its daring subject. Sold by TrustNordisk “Homesick” follows a young woman longing for family bonds who falls in love with her half-brother after meeting him for the first time at age 27. Clips of “Homesick” were shown last year at Goteborg’s Nordic Film Market.

The Nordic Film Market wraps Feb. 1.

 

More Film

  • In the Heights Movie Lin Manuel

    Lin-Manuel Miranda and Jon M. Chu Tease 'In the Heights' Movie

    Lin-Manuel Miranda, director Jon M. Chu and star Anthony Ramos took the train to the top of the world to offer a sneak peek of “In the Heights,” Warner Bros.’ big-screen adaptation of Miranda’s (other) hit musical. “I’m thrilled we’re here, and I’m thrilled we’re uptown,” Miranda rhapsodized to a packed crowd at a cozy [...]

  • One for the Road

    Wong Kar-wai to Produce 'Bad Genius' Director’s 'One For The Road'

    Wong Kar-wai is producing “One For The Road,” a new film that reunites the director and star of 2017 Thai hit “Bad Genius.” Production in New York and Thailand will begin by the end of the year. The film is a buddy drama and a road movie that sees two old friends who have been [...]

  • Jesse Eisenberg

    Film News Roundup: Jesse Eisenberg to Star in Indie Thriller 'Wild Indian' (EXCLUSIVE)

    In today’s film news roundup, Jesse Eisenberg is starring and exec producing “Wild Indian”; Jason Bateman is directing “Shut In”; “Saturday Night Live” veteran Paula Pell is honored; and the Palm Springs Film Festival sets its opening and closing films. CASTING Jesse Eisenberg is starring in and executive producing the independent thriller “Wild Indian,” Variety [...]

  • disney d23

    Top 19 Media Trends of 2019: Disney's Box Office Dominance

    The domestic box office market share over the last 12 years provides a sobering reminder of how important franchises are to studio performance, especially for Disney. Although the 2019 box office looks to be falling short of the previous year’s total, Disney is ending the decade on the highest possible note, becoming the first studio ever [...]

  • Pierce Brosnan Cinderella

    Pierce Brosnan to Play the King in Camila Cabello's 'Cinderella'

    Pierce Brosnan will play the king opposite Camila Cabello in writer-director Kay Cannon’s new telling of “Cinderella” for Sony Pictures. Billy Porter, Idina Menzel and Nicholas Galitzine are also confirmed to star in the film, which will be released in theaters Feb. 5, 2021. Cabello, a multi-platinum selling and Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter, will be integrally involved [...]

  • John Boyega

    John Boyega: 'Star Wars' Fandom Conflict Is 'The Most Stupid Thing in the World'

    Unlike his “Star Wars” compatriots Daisy Ridley and Oscar Isaac, John Boyega enjoys a robust presence on social media, with nearly 1.5 million followers on Twitter and over 1.6 million followers on Instagram. He regularly engages with fans, and posts inside looks at his life inside the “Star Wars” media maelstrom. It’s meant that Boyega [...]

  • Yahya Abdul-Mateen II

    'Watchmen' Star Yahya Abdul-Mateen II Says He Would Consider Playing Superman

    Those who are caught up on “Watchmen” know Yahya Abdul-Mateen II knows how to strike the balance between understated and omnipotent. He’s also no stranger to playing superheroes, as Aquaman’s nemesis Black Manta in the DC Universe. But asked whether he would consider taking on another DC Extended Universe role — Superman — Abdul-Mateen told [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content