The first footage from Alexander Payne’s Downsizing was shown at CinemaCon in the US, and involves Norway.
The film is one of the first to be funding by the Norwegian funding scheme, which allows for international productions shooting in Norway to apply for a 25% rebate for production costs. Downsizing and the upcoming The Snowman were the first two films to receive the incentive, and have spent a total of €21 million shooting in Norway. While the scheme is enticing for international productions, there is growing concern as to how it will affect local productions, who cannot apply for the rebate.
Downsizing stars Matt Damon and Kristen Wiig, who play a lower middle-class couple who buy into a plan to shrink themselves to the size of a Saltine biscuit. It’s all part of a radical new surgery cooked up by a Norwegian scientist (who Variety claims is played by the Austrian Christoph Waltz) to conserve resources and make people live luxury on a budget. With their $150,000 in savings, Damon and Wiig are told they can become suburban barons, if only they undergo the radical procedure.
Paramount is releasing Downsizing on the 22nd of December 2017. Would you see the film with its Norwegian connection?