The Nordic Film and TV Fund has announced its March round of funding, with the feature film Alone in Space, the documentary Fræmling and the TV movie Independence Day Ball receiving production support.
Alone in Space is a Swedish adventure space movie for the family that is based on the play ‘Vial’ by playwright/actor Henrik Ståhl. In the film, siblings Gladys and Keaton are lost in space on an enormous evacuation spaceship after an environmental disaster. They are on their way to paradise planet Vial, guided and helped by Japanese computer Otōsan, an A.I. that controls the spaceship and life support system. One day Vojajer, a friendly alien refugee, crashes into their spaceship and together they all fight for survival.
The film receives NOK 1.4 million in funding and starts shooting in July at Filmpool Nord’s Studio. The release is set for autumn 2018.
The documentary Fræmling was granted NOK 450,000. It is the story of a young fathers descent into a secret dual life of crime and violence. The documentary is produced by Erik Hemmendorff for Platform Production and is co-produced by Bufo Oy in Finland and Film i Väst, with support from the Swedish Film Institute, the Finnish Film Foundation, AVEK and YLE. Non-Stop Entertainment handles distribution in the Nordics besides Finland, handled by B-Plan.
The TV movie The Independence Day Ball was granted NOK 400,000. Written and directed by Tapio Piirainen, the buddy movie features philosopher Bruno and wise Lappish guy Jallu, who embark on a 1200km journey through snowy Finland. A runaway bride joins the duo and on the way, they meet the elderly Olga. The 70-minute film will premiere on December 3rd on YLE, just a few days before Finland’s celebration of the centenary of its independence.