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PRODUCTION Norway

Jørgen Storm Rosenberg leaves Rubicon

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Almost a year after joining Rubicon TV as their new head of film, Jørgen Storm Rosenberg, the producer of Nils Gaup's upcoming Kautokeino Rebellion, has just resigned from the established Norwegian TV production company, part of Metronome Film & TV, itself co-owned by media groups Schibsted in Norway and Endemol in the Netherlands.

"I just wanted to get out of the big, corporate world," said the young Norwegian producer, who was at the Norwegian International Film Festival in Haugesund last week to present footage of Gaup's €6.6m epic film and the teenage snowboarding title Switch, directed by newcomer Ole Martin Hafsmo.

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Rosenberg produced two critically awarded feature films – Aksel Hennie’s Uno [+see also:
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and Jens Lien’s The Bothersome Man [+see also:
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– for the independent production house Torden Film before joining Rubicon last October.

“I joined Rubicon because I wanted to be part of something big and was also hoping to make big co-productions,” he said. “In the beginning I had carte blanche on my projects, but along the way I slowly lost my independence and ability to take decisions. I will not go back to Torden Film (now co-run by his ex partner Eric Vogel) because it would feel like stepping back in time. So I plan to set up a new production company”.

Rosenberg is working closely with distributor Sandrew Metronome in Norway on the pre-release preparations of Switch and The Kautokeino Rebellion, scheduled for a theatrical release on October 26, 2007 and January 31, 2008 respectively.

Switch, described as a “Karate Kid film on snowboard”, stars newcomer Sebastian Stigar, Espen Klouman Høiner (Reprise [+see also:
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) and star actor Peter Stormare.

With the 1987 Oscar nominated film Pathfinder, The Kautokeino Rebellion is Gaup’s second film about the Sami community, to which he belongs.

Both films were very well received in Haugesund, where trailers were shown to local exhibitors and industry people. Rosenberg will soon select a sales agent for them.

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