Norwegian director Joachim Trier, whose Oslo, August 31st was launched in Un Certain Regard at Cannes, and Oslo-based production outfit, Motlys, have received slate funding for their next two, maybe three projects together, from the Norwegian Film Institute.
”It is a vote of confidence I am really happy for – it enables me to continue working with the team from my first two films,” said Trier [pictured], whom the institute’s development and production chief Ivar Køhn described as ”one of Europes most promising young directors.”
Trier plans to shoot a new film from next year, but has not yet decided whether it should be Louder than Bombs, a Norwegian-American family drama from his own and Eskil Vogt’s original screenplay, to be lensed in the US with an American independent company.
He has another two local projects in the pipeline, also to be produced by Motlys (Yngve Sæther) in collaboration with Norwegian producer Hans Jørgen Osnes’s Don’t Look Now, which is co-owned by Trier and Vogt. The state support will be up to 75% of the total budget, or $1.3-1.9 million (NOK 10-15 million).
Meanwhile Oslo, August 31st starring Anders Danielsen in the double portrait of a man in deep existential crises and contemporary Oslo, will be launched domestically on — yes — Aug 31 by Sandrew Metronome Norge. Germany’s Match Factory handles international sales.
Trier’s first feature, Reprise (2006), won three Amandas – Norway’s national film prize – for Best Film, Best Director, and Best Script. It was chosen as Norway’s submission for the Best Foreign-Language Oscar and scooped a dozen trophies on the international festival circuit.