Sweet Films produces the first ever Chinese feature film in Norway
The Tromsø based production company Sweet Films is set to co-produce a romantic comedy for a Chinese production company. In early December, Chinese crew and actors will arrive to Northern Norway to shoot part of their film in snowy mountain conditions.
Filming will take place at FilmCamp in Målselv. Producer, director and DoP did location scouting with Sweet Films in late September 2010. The team from Beijing liked what they saw and decided to shoot part of the film in Northern Norway. In two weeks, the team from Beijing will be in Northern Norway and shoot the final scenes of the film.
GOOD MARKETING OF NORTHERN NORWAY
"The Chinese audience will see majestic snow-capped mountains and plateaus when the movie will premiere in China" - Joachim Lyng, Producer, Sweet Films.
The director wants the Chinese audience to see and experience Northern Norway, a place that fascinates many of today's young Chinese. The production will employ many film workers from Northern Norway and provide a substantial net capital to the region.
BIG IN CHINA
There are great expectations for the film in China. Both the director and producer has made significant films like "Shanghai Noon," "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" and "Green Hat". The latter won the prize at the Tribeca Film Festival in 2004. This is the first movie they make together, and they have castet two Chinese superstars. The female lead is played by Jiang, Yi Yan, and Huang, Bo plays her male counterpart. Jiang, Yi Yan, among others have previously played in the film by John Woo.
AN INDUSTRY WITH BIG OPPORTUNITIES
The Chinese production company is TIK Films. TIK Films is a subsidiary of TV company Hunan TV & Broadcast. Hunan TV & Broadcast is the first listed media company in China and are per November 2010 valued at 5 billion NOK.
This proves that the Norwegian film industry has the opportunity to bring international film productions to Norway, despite the fact that the country has one of Europe's poorest incentives in terms of international co-production.
"Trond Giske did a fantastic job for the Norwegian film industry when he was Minister of Culture, now he has a chance to improve the film industry again, this time as Minister of Trade and Industry" - Joachim Lyng, Producer Sweet Films.
This is the fourth film Sweet Films is doing in collaboration with FilmCamp in Målselv. FilmCamp also met with the team from Beijing in September and liked their presentation of the project and have chosen to invest money in the film.