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Sewitsky's Henie film aims for August shoot

18 November 2015 4:41 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Anne Sewitsky’s anticipated Sonja Henie project, Queen Of Ice, is edging closer to an August 2016 shoot after confirming Norwegian Film Institute funding of €1.6m last week.

Henie was a Norwegian figure skating champion who became a famed Hollywood actress, signed to a contract with Fox by Darryl Zanuck.

Further financing is ongoing for the €8.4m Maipo Film production, which is produced by Synnove Horsdal. Horsdal tells Screen the project is likely being set up as a co-production between Norway, Germany and Spain. The team will apply for Eurimages funding in early 2016

A location in Spain will stand in for Henie’s house in Beverly Hills, although some shooting will also be done in the Us. The production will also shoot briefly in Rio, where Henie moved when she left Hollywood.

Ine Wilmann will play Henie and further casting is underway now, in particular for the roles of Henie’s brother Leif and her last husband.

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'Dragonfly' doc named best pitch at Finnish Film Affair

24 September 2015 4:06 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Once I Was A Dragonfly was selected from 10 works in progress presented to the festival’s jury.

Producer-director Elli Toivoniemi’s feature documentary debut Once I Was A Dragonfly received the Best Pitch Award at this year’s Finnish Film Affair (Sept 22-24) in Helsinki.

The new $3,400 (€3,000) award, which was sponsored by the Finnish Film Foundation for use in the film’s international marketing, was decided by a three-person jury made up of Fortissimo Films’ Berenice Fugard, Robert Burke of TenOne Entertainment and La-based critic Barbara Gasser.

Announcing the winner on Wednesday evening, Gasser said that it had been a “tough decision” to make the final choice from the 10 works in progress, but Toivoniemi’s film boasted “stunning visuals” and was “a story we could also relate to”.

The $224,000 (€200,000) Tuffi Films production centres on 24-year-old Miikka Friman’s lifelong fascination with dragonflies from the tender age of six and the decisions he must take as the obligations »

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Mike Huckabee Defends Kim Davis, Compares Same-Sex Marriage Decision To Dred Scott

11 September 2015 4:03 PM, PDT | Uinterview | See recent Uinterview news »

Mike Huckabee compared the same-sex marriage decision to the Dred Scott decision of 1857 in an attempt to defend county clerk Kim Davis, during a radio interview on Wednesday. Mike Huckabee Says Dred Scott Decision Is Still “The Law Of The LandHuckabee joined host Michael Medved on his radio show to support Kentucky county […]

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