Rosenberg, who recently picked up the $100,000 Best Film prize at the Hamptons for Norwegian director Jens Lien's The Bothersome Man, will be in charge of finishing Norwegian director Nils Gaup's The KautokeinoRebellion, a $8.4m depiction of a Sami uprising againstNorwegian authorities in 1852.
At the same time he will develop a slate of films and television seriesfor Rubicon TV, beginning with Peder Fuglerud's feature Snow Board, a $ 2.5m Norwegian film with similarities to Karate Kid, and Leon Bashir's $2.1m gangster comedy, The Brown Gold.
"Rubicon TV has decided to boost its production side, so I will beresponsible for both completing on-going projects, as well as coming upwith new ideas," explained Rosenberg, leaving Tordenfilm, which he setup with Erik Vogel, both graduates of the Norwegian National FilmSchool at Lillehammer.
In 1852, against the backdrop of a religious awakening, a group of 35 Samis- outraged by years of subjugation - staged a riot at Kautokeino,killing the sheriff and the merchant, and flogging the clergyman. Twoyears later in Alta, two of the leaders were decapitated, and buriedwithout heads.
Starring Mikkel Gaup, Bjorn Sundquist and Swedish actor MikaelPersbrandt, The Kautokeino Rebellion is the story of theuprising which, says Gaup, "was until recently a taboo subject amongthe 1,600 population in Kautokeino, not considered proper tea timeconversation."However it has inspired five novels, two operas, one symphony, andseveral documentaries," said Gaup - whose Pathfinder/Ofelas wasnominated for an Oscar - and who is a descendant of Aslak Hætta, one ofthe revolutioners who was executed. The film will be ready in theautumn.
Besides The Kautokeino Rebellion - a 105-minute feature, which willalso become a four-part TV series - Rubicon TV will produce Norwegiandirector Pal Jackman's The Paper Clip Army, a $10.3m11-part World War II television film set in 1940, written by PeterFalch.
Educated at the Norwegian International Film School at Lillehammer,Rosenberg went on to set up Tordenfilm with fellow student Erik Vogel,one of Norway's most successful new production companies. The BothersomeMan, a Critics' Week entry at Cannes, has so far bagged 10international awards.
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