Three drama series and one documentary have received a total of 1,58 million Euros in support from the Norwegian Film Institute. Among them are a new series for teenagers from the creator of ZombieLars, a rap musical and a documentary about a climate trial in Norwegian courts.
The creator of the award-winning Drama Series ZombieLars, Thomas Seeberg Torjussen, received Euro 700.000 (NOK 7.000.000) for his new show, Dome 16 (Kuppel 16), a Science fiction drama about puberty, love and the fate of mankind, made for the public broadcaster NRK.
Oslo, 2138. Anton and Emma (14 years) live in different climate zones, but in the same city. They should never really meet, and at least not fall in love with each other. But when the unthinkable happens, they have to turn the world upside down to be together.
Dome 16 is a sci-fi drama set 120 years in the future, where the world has been through a climatic collapse and the population is divided in two; those who live in the dome and those who live outside.
The series is a highly engaging story about puberty, love and human destiny.
About creator and producer
Thomas Seeberg Torjussen is an experienced series creator, among other things known for NRK — the success ZombieLars, where he is the series creator, lead author and episode director. He was also a screenwriter for the drama series Valkyrien,
He is a graduate of the Norwegian Film School, and was nominated for a student Oscar for his graduation film.
Tordenfilm AS is behind a number of major Norwegian Drama series and films, including the two new animated films about Knutsen & Ludvigsen, the drama series Valkyrien and three seasons of the award-winning children and youth series ZombieLars. They are currently producing the Drama series Made in Oslo. Both Eric Vogel and Ingunn Sundelin are experienced producers. Sundelin has worked in Tordenfilm since 2013. Vogel co-founded the company in 2003 and is today the general manager and producer.
The Production Company Maipo and the scriptwriters John Kåre Raaken and Linn-Jeanethe Kyed received Euro 500.000 (NOK 5.000.000) in production support for their Drama series The Fortress (Festning Norge), set in a Norway that has decided to sever all contact with the rest of the world and live behind an enormous wall.
In the near future, Norway has chosen to break with the rest of the world. Self-sufficient in everything the country needs behind a huge wall, the lucky inhabitants live a safe and good life. But when a deadly disease breaks out, the Norwegians soon find themselves trapped behind the same wall that was supposed to protect them.
About creators and directors
Linn-Jeanethe Kyed is the creator of Rådebank 1 and 2, which has been a great success with Norwegian public broadcaster NRK. She has previously written the script for the cinema successes Børning 1 og 2 and the short film Tuba Atlantic, which was nominated for an Oscar in 2012. She also had the script for the documentaries Magnus (about Magnus Carlsen), Markus & Martinius and Born 2 Drive , and has also been a writer on Home Ground (Heimebane) season 1.
John Kåre Raake has written the script for the feature films Ragnarok, The Wave and The Quake. Together with Kyed, he has also created the upcoming series R.I.P. Henry, who has received a production grant from Norwegian Film Institute.
Directors are Cecilie Mosli and Mikkel Brænne Sandemose. Mosli is originally an actor, but has had great success as a director for several major drama series, including Mammon and Home Ground and has also directed two episodes of Grey's Anatomy.
Sandemose has a background in advertising and music videos, and has directed several feature films and series. His feature film debut was Cold Prey 3, which was followed by Ragnarok and the films about The Ash Lad, which all were audience successes.
About the producers
Maipo is one of Norway's most experienced production companies, and is behind a number of major feature films and series, such as The Ash Lad films, Sonja, Harajuku, Maipo is now in production with season two of the NRK series State of Happiness.
Producer Synnøve Hørsdal is the general manager and producer of Maipo, and co-founded the company in 2000. Ales Ree has a background from NRK, and has been a producer in Maipo since 2014, including for State of Happiness
I Am Earth
Monday Scripted AS and creator Amy Black Ndiaye received Euro 210.000 (NOK 2.100.000) for production of the six episode Drama series I Am Earth (Verden er min)
We are in Bergen and follow Odile when she enters a new phase in life: the 30s. Her friends seems to have proper jobs, relations and kids on the way. Whilst Odile still hang out with her best friend Stian at his studio, making music she never releases. In addition, her dad wants her to find a man, so maybe about time she tells him she is completely lesbian. Complicated. Exhausting, but also very entertaining. Rap music is woven together with the story and the music allows for a distinct and direct communication towards our audience.
Creator and producer
Amy Black Ndiaye is an actress and worked in theater in New York before she studied as a screenwriter at the Norwegian Film School. She has written the series and will play the lead role as Odile.
Producer is Terez Hollo-Klausen who has been a producer on a number of projects, including Totally True Love and Dryads, as well as development producer on Atlantic Crossing. Executive producers on Verden er Min are Ole Endresen and Lasse Hallberg for Monday scripted
Director Rune Denstad Langlo and production company Motlys received Euro 135.000 (NOK 1.350.000) in production support for Norwegian Headache, a documentary about a trial regarding the environment, hence an environmentary.
On behalf of five million oil-rich Norwegians, Attorney General Fredrik Sejersted is taking the case against the environmental activists who want to stop the Norwegian oil adventure. The documentary Norwegian headache follows all three legal rounds in the major climate lawsuit against the Norwegian state.
About director, screenwriter and producer
Director and screenwriter Rune Denstad Langlo has, among other things, directed the feature films Welcome to Norway and the award-winning Nord. With Nord, he received, among other things, the FIPRESCI award for Best Film in the Panorama Program during the Berlin International Film Festival, as well as the award for Best New Narrative Filmmaker during the Tribeca Film Festival in New York.
Motlys is one of Norway's most experienced and productive production companies, which is behind several award-winning films and series - both documentary and fiction. Among the latest are the feature film successes Hope and Beware of Children, and the NRK series Home Ground season 1 and 2. Sigve Endresen is an experienced producer, and has recently premiered the documentary Generation Utøya, which has already been released for Hotdocs. He also worked with director Rune Denstad Langlo on Welcome to Norway