Trier and Motlys get slate funding for their next two-three films
by Jorn Rossing Jensen
01/07/2011 - ”After Reprise [trailer, film focus] and Oslo, August 31st [trailer, film focus], Joachim Trier (photo) has been named one of the most promising directors in Europe, and in his good collaboration with producers Yngve Sæther and Sigve Endresen, of Motlys, they are a constellation we have great confidence in for the future,” said Norwegian Film Institute Production Chief Ivar Køhn, after the institute had decided to back their next two or three films.
Slate funding was introduced last year, to support the local production companies’ long-term development of projects in cooperation with specific filmmakers. The first packages went to 4½ Productions (director/writer: Sara Johnson, producer: Turid Øversveen) and Paradox (director: Erik Poppe, writer: Harald Rosenløw, producer: Finn Gjerdrum).
World-premiered in ’Un Certain Regard’ at Cannes, Trier’s most recent feature, Oslo, August 31st, was produced by Motlys and Hans Jørgen Osnes’s Don’t Look Now, which is co-owned by Trier and Eskil Vogt, who co-wrote the original screenplay. They will also stage his next films, which the state will subsidise with up to 75% of the total budget, or €1.3-€1.9 million.
According to Trier, he has three projects in development, including two local productions and a Norwegian-American family drama, Louder than Bombs, also penned with Vogt, which he wants to shoot in the US in collaboration with an American indie. Meanwhile Oslo, August 31st will be released on...Aug 31 by Norsk Filmdistribusjon; Germany’s Match Factory will handle international sales.