Munch In Hell, con-artist Ahmed on the way to the screen

Published: 06/03/2017 | Edited: 06/03/2017

The Norwegian Film Institute allocates production funding for a package of five documentaries and eight shorts

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Life was not always easy for Edvard Munch, Norway’s great expressionist painter (1863-1944). While the international recognition of his art was growing, at home he was harassed for his paintings, ignored by colleagues, plagued by the IRS. During World War II he lived in fear that the Nazis would confiscate his collection – they had already taken 82 of his works - and after his death the magnificent gift he left to the City of Oslo was poorly managed.

Too small for Munch`s genius

Norwegian writer-director Stig Andersen’s Munch In Hell (Munch i helvete) is among the 13 new projects - five documentaries and eight shorts – which the Norwegian Film Institute has granted production funding, “a film that discloses Norway was too small to the genius of Munch.”
Originally an art historian, Andersen has directed 19 films covering most genres, from documentaries and docu-soaps to film and TV fiction, including The Scream and Madonna (Skrik og Madonna/2008), about the theft of the Munch paintings, the Royal Palace, Parliament and VG series (Slottet, Stortinget og VG/2002-2006), and ResErection (2003), about the reunion of the Norwegian punk rock band Turbonegro. Frozen Heart (Frosset Hjerte/1999) shows another side of Norwegian Polar hero Roald Amundsen.The institute chipped in €113,000 for the €556,000 budget of the Carsten Aanonsen production for Indie Film.

Trust me - about con-artist

Norwegian director Emil Trier’s Trust Me (Stol på meg), received €261,000 for the €814,000 project staged by Thomas Robsahm, Natalya Sarch and Nicolai Moland for Motlys.
Trust Me portrays Norwegian now 25-year-old Waleed Ahmed, who three years ago was imprisoned in the US with an 11-year sentence for international fraud. The charismatic youth from Ytre Enebakk took Norway by storm, was hailed as a gifted entrepreneur, named Norway's Mark Zuckerberg, and invited to the royal castle with the Crown Prince’s influential friends. An unusual coming-of-age story of the founder of Grønt Norge (Green Norway), who sold the rights for Nordic Justin Bieber concerts he didn’t own. It was all a con-artist’s hoax.
Credited with shorts, music videos and commercials, Trier’s Torgny video trilogy (The Only Game, Big Day, I Came Here/2011) was named Scandinavia’s Best Music Video at the Bergen International Film Festival. His shorts include The Norwegian Solution (2009) and Brett Control (2006).

Two New Ways projects

Two projects were subsidised from New Ways talent development scheme - Trond Kvig Andreassen’s Neighbours (Naboer), investigating a man found dead in an Oslo apartement, with no friends and family, will be produced by Natalya Sarch for Motlys, and Yngve Sve Flikke’s short Apple (Eple), by Yngve Sæther, also for Motlys. Among the supported shorts are Dag Johan Haugerud’s The Light from the Chocolate Factory (Lyset fra sjokoladefabrikken), from Motlys, and Erikca Calmeyer’s Weight of Spring, from Barbosa Blad Film.

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