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    Local box office hits starve Norway of film funds


    The local success of two children's films has caused unforeseen problems for the Norwegian Film Fund, which administers the annual $28m in state subsidy for film in Norway.

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    Norway puts cinema sell off plans on hold


    Plans by Norway's three largest cities - Oslo, Bergen and Trondheim - to sell large stakes in their municipally-owned local exhibitors have stalled.

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    Zwart quits MGM's Cody Banks sequel


    Norwegian director Harald Zwart says he has left MGM's sequel to Agent Cody Banks, according to local paper Dagbladet.

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    Norway greenlights Olsen Gang Jr sequel


    With the first film still on theatrical release, The Norwegian Film Fund has already greenlighted the Nordisk sequel to family film The Olsen Gang Jr, which has attracted over 300,000 admissions since it opened on February 7th.

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    Norway funds two new features from Maipo


    The Norwegian Film Fund has greenlighted two new projects from Maipo Film, the outfit behind the local box office phenomenon Elling.

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    Columbia TriStar ends nine-year old Nordisk deal


    Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment has ended its nine-year pact with Scandinavian media giant Egmont's subsidiary Nordisk Film.

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    Market leader prepares to sell Norwegian cinema circuit


    Oslo City Council has started negotiations with both foreign and local bidders interested in acquiring 66% of its stake in the municipally-owned Oslo Cinemas.

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    Zentropa to cut staff by 25%


    Danish production company Zentropa is to cut a quarter of its staff; while local authorities investigate a number of its subsidiary companies.

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    Norwegian animated feature gets blockbuster treatment


    Distributor Svensk Filmindustri is giving Vibeke Idsoe's $7.7m feature animation Karlsson On The Roof a blockbuster opening this weekend. It will be released on 173 screens across Norway and Sweden.It marks the biggest ever simultaneous opening in the two countries for a local production. Even most studio titles are released ...

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    Norwegian film fund banks on Elling prequel


    The Norwegian Film Fund is to back Maipo Film's follow-up to last year's local box office phenomenon Elling.

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    Norway to allow cinema privatisation for the first time since 1913


    Norway's largest exhibitor, the municipally-owned Oslo Cinemas, will be privatised before the end of this year, with the Oslo City Council which owns the company, planning to sell between 66 % and 100 % of its shares.

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    Norway goes crazy for documentaries


    Following the runaway success of Knut Erik Jensen's 2001 musical documentary Cool And Crazy, a slate of new Norwegian documentaries are enjoying both critical and commercial success at home.

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    Chaos strikes twice at Haugesund


    French director Coline Serreau's (pictured) melodrama Chaos starring Vincent Lindon and Catherine Frot received both the main award and the audience award the 30th edition of the Norwegian International Film Festival in Haugesund which closed on Sunday.

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    Finnish cinema operator to build 14-screen site in Latvia


    The Finnish multiplex operator Finnkino OY and local department store group Stockmann will invest $39m in a cinema and retail complex in the Latvian capital of Riga. Stockmann is providing $23m, while Finnkino will contribute $16.2m to the project.

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    Norwegian Film Fund banks on The Beautiful Country


    The Norwegian Film Fund, which is shortly to celebrate its first birthday, is spreading its money widely in its latest funding round, backing two international projects as well as four local productions.

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    Norwegian hit Elling to get prequel and sequel


    Following its latest triumph at Spain's Peniscola international comedy film festival, Norway's Maipo Film is preparing two further films based on the Elling franchise, now that the comedy has become one of the most successful Norwegian films ever.

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    Ullmann withdraws as director from $9.5m Nordisk biopic


    Actress-turned-director Liv Ullmann has withdrawn from the $9.5m historical biopic on Ole Bull, a Norwegian violinist and composer who died in 1880, which is currently in pre-production at Nordisk Film.

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    Norway's Film Fund supports first-time directors


    The Norwegian Film Fund has greenlit seven new films, all of which are set to roll this year, with newcomers and children's films grabbing most of the $4.1m support from the fund.

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    Scandinavia's costliest film proves its worth


    The most expensive film ever produced in Scandinavia had its world premiere in Norway on national release last week, after having been critically slated by the press.

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    Cool And Crazy tops Amanda awards at Haugesund


    Knut Erik Jensen's documentary Cool and Crazy about a male choir from a remote arctic town took home two Amanda Awards, for best Norwegian film and best documentary at this year's Haugesund Film Festival.

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