Norwegian director Jannicke Systad Jacobsen, whose screenplay for her feature debut,Turn Me on, Goddammit![+] (2011), won her the first prize in the World Narrative Competition at the Tribeca Film Festival in the US, has collected €1 million in production funding from the Norwegian Film Institute for her new feature, The Remnants of Pontus Halmstrøm.
Her second feature will be produced by Synnøve Hørsdal and Åshild Ariane Ramborgfor Oslo’s Maipo Film, the company that backed last year’s number-one Norwegian film –Rasmus A Sivertsen’s fully animated The Christmas of Solan and Ludvig[+] – and the 2014 local blockbuster, Norwegian director Arild Fröhlich’sDoctor Proctor’s Fart Powder.
It will shortly premiere Norwegian actress-director Liv Ullmann’s interpretation of Swedish playwright August Strindberg’s Miss Julie, shot from her own script with a US-UK cast comprising Jessica Chastain, Colin Farrell and Samantha Morton, and with Russian cinematographer Mikhail Krichman behind the camera.
Systad Jacobsen has herself scripted the “tragicomic love story” of The Remnants of Pontus Halmstrøm specifically for Norwegian actress Silje Salomonsen to star in. Salomonsen plays 35-year-old Mie, who meets Pontus and falls head over heels in love for the first time in her life. But then he dies, and she is left an unhappy widow with a child of seven who is obsessed with Bob Dylan, and a grief she is unable to show.
The Norwegian director studied directing at FAMU – the Czech National Film School in Prague – and the London International Film School, adding dramaturgy, drama and social anthropology at the University of Oslo. The Remnants of Pontus Halmstrøm will be premiered domestically in April 2016.