Danish major Nordisk Film, which has not produced a film in Norway since Kon-Tiki in 2012, will rearm its Norwegian production unit and start to make films again.
Aage Aaberge confirmed that he will return as head of Nordisk Film Production, which he ran between 2003-2008. His own production company, Neofilm, will be fused into the new set-up.
“I will move to Egmont House – Nordisk’s headquarters in Nydalen, northern Oslo – at the beginning of May, and first will hire some people,” Aaberge told ScreenDaily.
“And yes – Nordisk both wants to make more films, and bigger films.”
When the group sold TV production company Nordisk Film TV to France’s Banijay Group in 2009, it more or less terminated its involvement in Norwegian film production, mainly children and family pictures.
Nordisk’s only Norwegian feature since 2009 is Kon-Tiki, produced by Aaberge for Nordisk, and UK producer Jeremy Thomas for his Recorded Picture Company.
Directed by Espen Sandberg and Joachim Rønning, the depiction of explorer Thor Heyerdahl’s 1947 voyage from South America to Polynesia, took 900,000 local admissions, sold to more than 90 territories and was nominated for a Golden Globe and Oscar.
From Neofilm to Nordisk, Aaberg will bring his “dream project,” a feature about the life of Norwegian painter Edvard Munch, which he has been working on for eight years, most recently with UK veteran writer-director Paul Mayersberg, who will deliver the screenplay.
Shot in Paris, Berlin, Oslo and Munch’s summer cottage at Åsgårdstrand, it will be filmed by Norwegian director Erik Poppe, whose A Thousand Times Good Night won last year’s Norwegian Amanda for Best Feature.