Ernst De Geer is an up and coming director lauded for his stylistic short films, and currently directing his first full length feature, Hypnosen.
His acclaimed short film The Culture was a big festival hit, winning numerous awards including Vimeo Staff Pick Award at the Palm Springs Short Film Festival 2019, Grand Prix Student Short at Angers Premiers Plans Film Festival 2019, and ‘Best Norwegian Short’ at Bergen International Film Festival 2018. It was also nominated for the prestigious Amanda Award for ‘Best Norwegian short film’.
In 2018, De Geer was chosen for the Swedish Film Institute’s “Wild Card” project with his film Hypnosen, which he then continued to develop together with producer Mimmi Spång at Garagefilm International.
Niklas Natt och Dag’s 1794 doesn’t budge from its place at the top of the hardcover bestseller list in Sweden, coming in at No. 1 for the fourth week in a row. 1794 is also No. 3 on the audio list, as well as on the e-book list. Stefan Ahnhem joins Natt och Dag on the e-book list, coming in at No. 2 with his X Ways to Die. Ahnhem is also No. 4 in hardcover. The paperback list’s No. 1 spot goes to Lars Kepler and Lazarus, which has now featured at the top for four weeks straight.
The official Norwegian bestseller lists for week 41 are out, and Jørn Lier Horst & Hans Jørgen Sandnes’ just published sixteenth book in the Detective Agency No. 2 series, Operation Radius, comes in at No. 3 in hardcover. Jørn Lier Horst also appears on the hardcover list with Ill Will, which is No. 5 this week. The novel also features at No. 3 in e-books.
On a barren plot of land three hours north of the Norwegian capital lives Tormod Blystad, his wife Siv, and their two children. Having left his wild years behind him, Tormod is now a dependable and trustworthy family man. But, as in every family, some spaces have yet to be filled. Cue the arrival of Snusken, the new family dog. When Snusken dies, she leaves behind a vacuum that must be filled. And so one night, Tormod finds himself in front of the pug mill in the garage, mixing red clay and fertilizer. Unknowing to him, his efforts will trigger powerful forces of which he does not yet know the scope.
Matias Faldbakken’s We Are Five is a sharply observant, unconventional and entertaining novel, blending adventure, horror, mythology and science fiction with a hefty dose of raw realism. As unique as Faldbakken’s art, it displays an authorship with an inimitable point of view and ability to execute it.
‘The Friday Night Club’ - Sofia Lundberg, Lucinda Riley and Alyson Richman et al. in international fiction project
The Friday Night Club is the title of the upcoming collaborative novel featuring the five bestselling authors Sofia Lundberg, Lucinda Riley, Alyson Richman, Tracy Rees, and M J Rose. Inspired by a recent blockbuster Guggeinheim exhibition, The Friday Night Club is set in Stockholm in the early 1900s, and is a fictionalized account of “The Five,” a group of women artists led by Hilma af Klint, who meet weekly for “artistic and spiritual sustenance.”
The project was kickstarted by US author Alyson Richman after she saw the af Klint exhibition. Af Klint was a mystic and artist, whose revolutionary abstract paintings predated the widely-regarded innovators of the movement like Kandinsky, Malevich and Mondrian. Yet af Klint’s work was largely ignored until she was rediscovered in the 1980s. Over 600,000 people saw the af Klint exhibition at the Guggenheim, which concluded this April and became the most-attended exhibition in the museum’s 82-year history.
The idea for the book came to Richman after she read one of the painting’s captions which said af Klint and her group would meet every Friday. “I was so struck by the beauty of this concept - five women yearning for knowledge, independence, and a deep sense of purpose in the early 1900s, that I instantly felt it would be an incredible collaborative novel,” Richman said. “One where the voices of Hilma and the other four women, who have since been banished into obscurity, could be brought to life.”
Sofia Lundberg adds: “I am proud to be part of a project that raises up some creative women who truly deserve a place in the spotlight of art history. I first learned of Hilma in 2013, when I visited the beautiful exhibition at Moderna Museet in Stockholm. I have followed her rising star ever since as her paintings travel the world. When I heard Alysons idea, I said yes right away. I felt like it was meant to be.”
Netflix and FLX to produce TV series based on ‘Anxious People’
The first day of Frankfurt Book Fair saw Netflix announce the production of a new series based on Fredrik Backman’s Anxious People. The series will be produced by FLX, the production company behind the adaption of Malin Persson Giolito’s Quicksand. The series will be directed by Felix Herngren, creator and director of Bonus Family. Screenwriter is Camilla Ahlgren, head writer of The Bridge and Quicksand. Executive producers will be Fredrik Backman, Neda Backman and Tor Jonasson.
Jens Lapidus’s Top Dog is set to become a television series on the Nordic streaming service C More and on Swedish TV4, featuring the internationally acclaimed leading actors Josefin Asplund (Sanctuary, Vikings) and Alexej Manvelov (Chernobyl, Before We Die). Directors are Molly Hartleb and Alexis Almström. Almström is also one of the script writers of the series.
Top Dog the TV series is based on bestselling Swedish author Jens Lapidus’s books The VIP room, Stockholm Delete and Top Dog. Lapidus has also written the novel Easy Money, which was turned into a film and achieved great international success following its premiere in 2010.
The new TV series will center on the clash between the ambitious business lawyer Emily Jansson and the ex-con Teddy Maksumic. A mysterious disappearance brings the odd couple together. Emily wants nothing more than to secure her future and career, while Teddy wishes to leave his old life of crime behind him. The pair are forced to reconsider their priorities and their view of each other when the past catches up with them, shattering their dreams and casting a shadow of doubt over all that they think they know.
Director Alexis Almström’s creative journey began with music. Under the artist name “Alexis Weak” he released his first and last album Till minne av. The album became an immediate success, was nominated for a Grammis and praised by the music press.
Just as his music career reached its peak, Almström made the decision to pursue his true calling and use his talent for storytelling in filmmaking. In 2015, Almström graduated from the highly respected Stockholm Academy of Dramatic Arts with the feature film Pink Cloud Syndrome as his graduation work. Pink Cloud Syndrome was positively received by the industry and showcased Almström’s ability to work closely with actors to emotionally affect and capture an audience.
Since his graduation, Almström has been simultaneously developing his own pieces and working on projects with other screenwriters. He is the director of four episodes of the anticipated TV series Top Dog, which is based on Jens Lapidus’ bestselling trilogy The VIP Room, Stockholm Delete and Top Dogg. The series will premiere in 2020.
Tarik Saleh is the director of Thunder Road Films’ new action thriller, Violence of Action. The film sees Chris Pine in the lead role as James Harper who, after being involuntarily discharged from the Green Berets, joins a paramilitary organization in order to support his family in the only way he knows how. Harper travels to Berlin with his elite team on a black ops mission to investigate a mysterious threat. Barely into his first assignment, he finds himself alone and hunted across Europe, where he must fight to stay alive long enough to return home and uncover the true motives of those who betrayed him.
Chris Pine is joined by actors Ben Foster (Hell or High Water) and Gillian Jacobs (Community), and the script is written by J.P. Davis. The film has begun principal photography in the US, Germany and Romania.
Read more in Deadline Hollywood by clicking “Read More” below.
Niklas Natt och Dag’s 1794 comes in at No. 1 in both hardcover and e-book also this week, additionally grabbing the No. 3 spot on the audio list. Natt och Dag’s first novel, The Wolf and the Watchman, is No. 3 in paperback, and No. 5 in e-book.
Stefan Ahnhem’s X Ways to Die nabs multiple spots on the lists as well, coming in at No. 3 in hardcover and in e-book. Lars Kepler meanwhile grabs the No. 1 spot on the paperback list with Lazarus.
Wisting, co-starring The Matrix and Jessica Jones’ Carrie-Anne Moss, has been acquired by BBC Four in the UK. The Norwegian hit series is based on the best-selling novels The Caveman and The Hunting Dogs by Jørn Lier Horst, and co-created and written by director Trygve Allister Diesen and Kathrine Valen Zeiner.
“Wisting has already been a tremendous success in the Nordic countries, and we have no doubt that BBC viewers will be equally engaged by such a likeable, emotionally complex lead character, and a compelling plot full of twists and turns.”
-Sue Deeks, head of BBC program acquisition.
To read more about the acquisition in Variety, click “Read more” below.
The official Norwegian bestseller lists for week 40 see Jørn Lier Horst grab two No. 2 positions with Ill Will, the third Cold Case Quartet title. He comes in at No. 2 in hardcover, and in e-book.
Horst also features at No. 4 in hardcover together with illustrator Hans Jørgen Sandnes. Their newly published Operation Radius, the sixteenth book in the Detective Agency No. 2 series, follows in its prequels’ steps in becoming an instant bestseller.
The Swedish bestseller lists for the month of September see Lars Kepler dominate the paperback list, coming in at No. 1 with Lazarus. The just published second novel by Niklas Natt och Dag, 1794, debuts on the monthly lists by claiming two No. 3 spots, one the hardcover list, one on the audio list. The novel also features at No. 4 in e-book. Jørn Lier Horst meanwhile grabs the No. 5 spot with The Cabin.
Markus Torgeby (b.1976) is a Swedish marathon and ultrarunner who at age 20 decided to trade urban life for a hut in the forests of Jämtland, northern Sweden. The ensuing four years of living as a hermit inspired his bestselling non-fiction phenomenon The Runner along with the newly published wilderness handbook Under the Open Skies: A Practical Guide to Living Close to Nature. A frequent lecturer at various organizations and companies, Torgeby nowadays lives with his wife and three children near his old forest abode.
‘When the Dinosaurs Were Little’ published in Denmark
In When the Dinosaurs Were Little, Kaspar Colling Nielsen returns to the narrative which made him a star on the literary sky. The universe in his stories is as multi-layered and transmutable as ever, giving the reader insight into a spectrum of topics stretching from that of the origins of dinosaurs, to the significance of surveillance drones on individuals.
In this collection of short stories, Colling Nielsen guides us through the history of the world – everything that we thought that we knew, and everything that we do not. For example: that a girl’s genitals can talk, eat cheese doodles, and turn pretty aggressive. Or, that a plumber might have good use of his experiences from a past life as a native American when repairing a locomotive. Or, that the instinct for violence can be ignited even in the most peaceful family father on a summer day. In these tales, there exist no limits for how an identity can be molded; all transformations are possible, and both heaven and hell are within reach.
‘William Wenton and the Chaos Paralyzer’ published in Norway
Something is amiss at the Center for Misinformation. The new guard-bots have taken over. William sees no recourse but to flee, bringing the code pyramid – the only thing that can stop Abraham Talley – with him. But London’s streets are full of perils, the guard-bots are close behind, and he can practically feel Abraham Talley breathing down his neck. William will need the help of old friends and new enemies in order to keep the pyramid safe. But will he succeed before it’s too late?
William Wenton and the Chaos Paralyzer is the fifth book in the William Wenton series. In this installment, old secrets will be revealed and friendships tested as the fight against the evil luridium grows ever fiercer.