Louis and Luca – Mission to the Moon is ready for Shanghai International Film Festival 2019, as one of five animated films that have been chosen to compete for a Golden Goblet Award.

Photo: Sofie Silbermann/Maipo Film

Photo: Sofie Silbermann/Maipo Film

State of Happiness picked up by the BBC

The UK broadcaster will air the first season during the summer of 2019.

Photo: Petter Skafle Henriksen/Maipo Film

Photo: Petter Skafle Henriksen/Maipo Film

Five awards to State of Happiness

Maipo’s drama series State of Happiness received five awards at the annual Norwegian TV award ceremony «Gullruten»;

Best drama series, best actor/actress (Anne Regine Ellingsæter), best director (Pål Jackman and Petter Næss), best costume design(Karen Fabritius Gram) and best screenplay (Mette Bølstad).

Congratulations to everyone involved!

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Maipo Film has received production funding from the Norwegian Film Institute for the second season of the TV drama series State of Happiness. The new season goes from 1977 to 1980, and we follow the same four main characters, Anna, Christian, Jonathan and Toril. The series will be broadcasted on NRK in Norway.

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Maipo Film has received funding from the Norwegian Film Institute’s talent programme, ’New Ways’, for Jakob Rørvik’s feature film debut Thomas in 10 dimensions. The drama comedy tells of quantum physicist Thomas who believes he is about to crack the code of the universe, but his young son, ex-wife and mother are in the way. 



Best director - Eirik Svensson
Best cinematographer - Karl Erik Brøndbo
Best script - Sebastian Torngren Wartin

Best female lead - Ine Marie Wilmann
Best cinematographer - Daniel Voldheim
Best production design - Lina Nordqvist 

Best producer - Cornelia Boysen 

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SONJA - the white swan TO SUNDANCE

Sonja - The White Swan will have its international premiere in the Premieres section of the American Sundance Film Festival, which takes place in Park City between 24 January-3 February, 2019.

From the left; actors Amund Harboe and Bart Edwards, producer Synnøve Hørsdal, scriptwriter Mette Bølstad and actresses Anne Regine Ellingsæter and Malene Wadel.

From the left; actors Amund Harboe and Bart Edwards, producer Synnøve Hørsdal, scriptwriter Mette Bølstad and actresses Anne Regine Ellingsæter and Malene Wadel.

State of Happiness brings home two awards from Cannes

Maipo’s new drama series State of Happiness won the awards for best screenplay and best music at the new international drama series festival in Cannes in April. Writer Mette M. Bølstad won for best screenplay, and composer Ginge Anvik for best music. The award ceremony took place the day following the series’  world premiere, to standing ovations at the Lumiere Theater in Cannes. Maipo is producing State of Happiness for NRK, with an estimated national premiere in the fall of 2018.



Maipo Film received production funding from the Norwegian Film Institute for director Charlotte Bloms second movie Dianas Wedding. The script is written by Charlotte Blom and Mette M. Bølstad. The movie will be produced by Synnøve Hørsdal.

Mikkel Brænne Sandemose received the award from Randi Morso (Vadsø komm. kino) and Jørgen Søderberg Jansen (Fredrikstad kino)

Mikkel Brænne Sandemose received the award from Randi Morso (Vadsø komm. kino) and Jørgen Søderberg Jansen (Fredrikstad kino)


The director of The Ash Lad – In the Hall of the Mountain King, Mikkel Brænne Sandemose, received the yearly award; The Silver Nugget, for the Best Children and Youth film in 2017.

State of Happiness will premier at new Cannes TV festival

Maipo Film’s upcoming drama series State of Happiness is among the 10 high-end productions selected (from 130 entries) for the first Canneseries TV drama festival between 4-11 April.

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Maipo Film received production funding from the Norwegian Film Institute for the family movie Across the Border. The script is written by Maja Lunde, and is based on an idea by Maja Lunde and Espen Torkildsen. Director: Johanne Helgeland.



Congratulations to director Rasmus A. Sivertsen and script writer Karsten Fullu, as well as the rest of the team behind Louis & Luca: The Big Cheese Race with the Arthouse Cinemas Network Award and Honourable Mention at The Kids Film Festival in Poland! The Critics’ Jury states; For a successful intelligent and humorous genre film, with magnetic and fully formed characters as well as a perfectly focused script and film form.


Gisken Armand is nominated for Best Actress in a Supporting Role for her role as the crazy aunt Doris in Gilbert’s Grim Revenge!


The Hunger by Kenneth Karlstad won The Norwegian Film Critics’ Award at the Norwegian Short Film Festival in Grimstad in June 2017.

The Critics’ Jury states; The winner of the Norwegian Film Critics’ Award is a solid punch in the face. In a captivating and hypnotic way it uses the film medium’s full audiovisual force, while it’s overwhelming form never overshadows the content - which also finds room for softer and more subtle nuances. With breathtaking bravado and a nearly hallucinatory subjectivity, the film tells a classic story in an innovative way, in a setting not portrayed too often in Norwegian films. An impressive film in every way, by a young filmmaker we undoubtedly will see a lot more of in the future.


Ambulance by Sebastian Torngren Wartin, won the Excellence Award for Best Picture at Busan film festival in April 2017.


Louis & Luca – The Big Cheese Race or Ludovigo e Luca – A Grande Corrida do Queijovant, as it is called in Portuguese, won first prize in the competition for best film for children and youth at the film festival in Lisbon.


Just before Christmas we received production funding from Norwegian Film Institute to Eirik Svensson's new feature film Harajuku. We are looking forward to start recording January 9th.

Louis & Luca and the snow machine goes international

Louis & Luca and the Snow Machine, with 890.000 viewings in Norwegian cinemas, will be distributed all over the world with the exception of North America.

Downtown Abbey actor, Hugh Bonneville, is the voice behind Frederick Hansen, Flaklypa's ambitious newspaper editor.


This November, both films will participate in the 58th Nordic Film Days Lübeck. This will be the international premiere for Gilbert's Grim Revenge.


Louis & Luca- The Big Cheese Race, directed by Rasmus A. Sivertsen, has since its premiere been selected to numerous recognized children’s film festivals all over the world, including Generations in Berlin earlier this year.

In addition to being accepted to festivals in Finland, Spain, Germany and the Czech Republic, the film has also been selected to The 60th BFI London Film Festival and The 33rd Annual Chicago International Children Film Festival.

The film premiered in Norway on Christmas Day 2015, and had close to 440.000 admissions in Norwegian cinemas.

Prestigious award to actress Ine Wilmann

Ine Wilmann received the award for best actress at the Norwegian Amanda ceremony. The award is given for her part in Anne Sewitsky's feature Homesick (2015).


Colin Farrell and Liv Ullmann will be opening the film festival in Chicago.

Liv Ullmann's Miss Julie is the opening film at Chicago International Film Festival 9th of October. Liv Ullmann will be present to open the festival, together with Colin Farrell who has the role as the main male character of the film. 

Svein and the Rat on Superkviss!

Svein and the Rat was the subject of NRK's Superkviss 2nd of November 2012
Several years after the films were shown in theaters they are still very popular. On NRK's Superkviss the kids got to compete to see who knew the most about the books of Marit Nicolaysen and the first film. They also showed clips from the film.

Watch the full episode here.

Photo: The Henie Onstad Art Centre Archives

Photo: The Henie Onstad Art Centre Archives

Sonja Henie's life as feature film

We are in the process of working with the story of Sonja Henie, the girl who was super celebrity in the U.S and has a star on the "Walk of Fame" in Hollywood.

The film will be directed by the Oscar candidate director Anne Sewitsky, and the cast process has started. We are now looking for the actress who will play the Norwegian figure skating champion who won several medals from the Olympics and the World Championships. Her breakthrough as an actress was in 1937, during the golden era of Hollywood..

Great reviews in Denmark

It is almost a year ago since Shameless premiered in Norway. Now the Danes have discovered the feature film by Petter Næss.

– With Shameless, Norwegian Petter Næss (Elling) has made an eminent film adaption of his fellow countryman Lars Saabye Christensen's bestseller novel with the same name. Read the full review here.

It also received a great review in Politiken – five out of six hearts. – A praised novel has become an ominous and beautiful film drama. With the handsome Marcus Aarnseth as Adrian, the film also conveys difficulties regarding puberty and sex.

Best screenplay award!

June 29th 2011, the film Happy, Happy and screenwriter Ragnhild Tronvoll was awarded the Best Screenplay Award at the Brussels Film Festival. The price of 2000 Euros was awarded by the ASA (Francophone Association of Belgian Screenwriters) and SABAM (Belgian Association of Authors, Composers and Publishers).

Tronvoll was in Brussels to receive the price – his is her own words about the experience:

“There are not many prices for screenplays "out there", so it was incredibly fun to be there and get the recognition. I did not understand much though – the award ceremony were held in French and Dutch – but I understood it when they called my name (Ragnhild is nearly impossible to say if you are not native Norwegian, but they managed to pronounce it correctly), and so I went on stage and received my life's biggest flower bouquet! Later, the jury told me that it was particularly the freshness of the film they had fallen for. They liked that it was "a fresh take on an old story", and that we had treated the theme of "getting out of the closet" in a new way which they found raw and surprising. It was also nice to hear that because that was also our intention.”

Five Amanda Award nominations!

Four actors are nominated for their performances in Maipo productions. So is the music from Happy, Happy. These were all presented at a press conference on Thursday, June 23, 2011.

Music arranger Wenche Losnegård and composer Stein Berge Svendsen are nominated for the music in Happy, Happy. Agnes Kittelsen (Happy, Happy) is nominated for her role as Kaja in the category Best Actress, and Henrik Rafaelsen (Happy, Happy) is nominated for the role as Sigve in the category Best Actor.

Both Maria Bonnevie (Shameless) and Kjersti Holmen (People in The Sun) are nominated in the category Best Actress in a Supporting Role.

This year's Amanda show will take place in Haugesund, August 20, 2011.

Louis & Luca get their own movie

Maipo Film is going to make a feature animated film about Louis and Luca!

The film will be produced as a classic puppet movie with stop motion animation, and Maipo will cooperate with Qvisten Animation. This team has previously produced the animation film Kurt Turns Evil. Karsten Fullu is an well-known writer for theater, radio, television and film. Rasmus A. Sivertsen directed Kurt Turns Evil and Ploddy the Police Car, and he was also responsible for the animation sequences in Pitbullterje, Fatso and Knerten. Cornelia Boysen has also produced People in the Sun, Kurt Turns Evil and The Ten Lives of Titanic the Cat.

 – The Christmas of Louis & Luca is a good project for the whole family with an entertaining and funny script and classic puppet animation, says director Ivar Køhn at the Norwegian Film Institute.

Oh My God! in Berlin

Director Anne Sewitsky's short film has been screened on several festivals, and this week the film is screened in Berlin – selected for the Generation K Plus.

Amanda-nominated as best short film!

Oh My God! premiered at the Short Film Festival in Grimstad and has now been nominated for Best Short Film of the year. Director is Anne Sewitsky.

Another prize for The Art of Negative Thinking

This weekend (November 3, 2007), Bård Breien's first film received the main award at the Nordic Film Days in Lübeck. The prize, 12.500 Euro, was received by the film's producer, Dag Alveberg. The director Bård Breien is on his way to Los Angeles for the AFI's (American Film Institute).

Best Director' Trophy to Bård Breien!

Bård Breien had to go back to Karlovy Vary 7th of July 2007 to receive an award – the Crystal Globe for Best Director.

The Art of Negative Thinking had its international premiere at the showcase Saturday, 30th of June 2007. Maipo's Managing Director Synnøve Hørsdal, director Bård Breien and actors Fridtjov Såheim and Mariann Saastad Ottesen attended the festival. Bård Breien then went back the next weekend to receive the Crystal Globe.

Behind the scenes: The Art of Negative Thinking

Thursday 14th of December, at 11:00 pm, TV2 will show the behind the scenes film of The Art of Negative Thinking. It is a half hour film that was made during the shooting of the film. It includes interviews and everyday life and happenings on set. The film will also be included as extra material on the DVD when it is published 16th of May 2007.

Opening as number one!

Almost 30 000 people went to the cinema to watch Svein and the Rat and the UFO-Mystery the opening weekend.

Vibeke Ringen has directed the second movie about Svein and his rat Halvorsen. The film was released all over Norway Friday March 9, 2007. Svein and the Rat and the UFO-Mystery is based on the book “Svein and the Rat through the Solar System” by Marit Nicolaysen. The script is written by Endre Lund Eriksen and Gunnar Alf Hammer. The first film's cast: Thomas Saraby Vatle as Svein, Luis Engebrigtsen Bye as Dan and Celine Louise Dyran Smith as Melissa. Also starring: Rut Tellefsen as granny, Gard Eidsvoll as Trygve and Liv Bernhoft Osa as Dora.



Harajuku and
Sonja - The White Swan to Göteborg Film Festival

Harajuku and Sonja - The White Swan have both been chosen to compete against 8 other Nordic films for the Dragon Award for Best Nordic Film at the Göteborg Film Festival.

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The Short Film Ambulance was awarded human rights price

Sebastian Torngren Wartin's film, Ambulance, received the Culture Department's human rights prize for short film 2017. According to the Department the film focuses on how vulnerable and helpless we are, both as individuals and as society, in meetings with strangers. We congratulate all involved with an important prize.

EGGGGG - THE PLATFORM PUKER won a prize under nfi's game awards 2016

Gilbert's Grim Revenge's app game, Eggggg - The platform puker, won Norwegian game of the year – small screen under Norwegian Film Institute's Game Awards 2016. The game was also nominated for four other categories: Best fun for everyoneBest ArtBest Game Design og Best Audio. Congratulations to Hyper Games and the whole team behind this awesome game!

Production funding to
State of Happiness

Maipo Film received production funding for the TV drama series State of Happiness. We follow four young people in Stavanger just before Phillips Petroleum finds the largest sub sea oil basin in history.

The series consists of 8x45 min. episodes and will premiere on NRK fall 2018.
The screenplay is written by Mette M. Bølstad and is going to be directed by Petter Næss and Pål Jackman.


Gilbert's Grim Revenge won the Children's Jury Prize at The 58th Nordic Film Days in Lübeck. The jury said the movie was exciting, funny and imaginative.


Production designer Karl ”Kalli” Júlíusson received the Amanda award for best production design in Doctor Proctor: Bubble in the Bathtub.


Gilbert's Grim Revenge is finally ready for the big screen. From September 16, you can see Gilbert take his grim revenge on the mean aunt Doris.


Two nominations in the category ”Best Children’s Film”: Louis & Luca – The Big Cheese Race (directed by Rasmus A. Sivertsen) and Doctor Proctor: Bubble in the Bathtub (directed by Arild Fröhlich).

Two nominations in the category ”Best Production Design”: Are Austnes for Louis & Luca – The Big Cheese Race and Karl Júlíusson for Doctor Proctor: Bubble in the Bathtub.

One nomination in the category “Best VFX”: Thilo Ewers for Doctor Proctor: Bubble in the Bathtub.

Homesick to SUNDANCE!

Director Anne Sewitsky's new feature Homesick has been selected for the Sundance Film Festival in January 2015.

This is where her Happy, Happy (2010) won the Jury Grand Prix.


The filming of the new Doctor Proctor movie has begun. In it, we meet Gard Eidsvold in the role as the eccentrically doctor, and Kristin Grue in the role as his beloved Juliette Margarin.

Lisa and Nilly, Proctor's young partners and neighbors, have to step up again. They travel back in time to try to help him, and it turns into a riotous journey, with much excitement and love. The film will premiere in September 2015.

Ready for premiere!

Doctor Proctor's Fart Powder, based on Jo Nesbø's bestselling book, opens in Norway!  Watch trailer here.

See the first clips from Solan and Ludvig!

On the 8th of November 2013 the feature film The Christmas of Louis & Luca will have its release in cinemas all over the country. We can now watch the very first teaser. You will become more familiar with the movie and all the characters on solanogludvig.no.

Happy, Happy tops Seville!

On Friday November 11th 2011 the Oscar candidate won another big festival prize.

Happy, Happy won the Top Golden Giralillo at the 8th Seville European Film Festival in Spain. This carries a Euro 40.000 cash-prize for the Spanish distributor. The actor Joachim Rafaelsen was invited by the festival and received the prize on Friday evening to a big applause from the audience.

Still in theater in Prague!

You can still see The Art of Negative Thinking in the theaters in the capital of the Czech Republic. It premiered in April 2010.

Over 10 200 people have seen the theatrical version of the film from 2006 since it premiered. The production has been shown 36 times. Bård Breien has written the story about the traffic injured and disabled Geirr. From the film we remember Ingvild, Tori, Lillemor, Asbjørn, Marte and Gard. As in the film, we meet Ingvild, Tori, Lillemor, Asbjørn, Marte and Gard. 

Happy, Happy to represent Norway in Oscar race!

Here is a summary of the press release written by the the Norwegian Film Institue.

The comedy Happy, Happy will be Norway's candidate for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film.

The film was awarded the World Cinema Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival 2011. After being available at the European Film Market in Berlin (2011), Happy, Happy is sold to more than 50 countries. The drama-comedy is written by Ragnhild Tronvoll and stars Agnes Kittelsen, Henrik Rafaelsen, Maibritt Saerens and Joachim Rafaelsen. The film tells the story about a bored Norwegian housewife whose life gets more exciting when the new neighbors move in next door.

The Academy Award nominees will be announced January 24th 2012.

Out in the world!

Happy, Happy has now been sold to more than 50 countries and is shown at festivals around the world. It all began when the film won the Grand Jury Award at the Sundance Film Festival in USA in January 2011. Since then, Anne Sewitsky's debut film has been shown at numerous festivals worldwide.

Some of the festivals are; Gothenburg International Film Festival, New Directors/New Films in New York, Washington DC International Film Festival, Luxembourg Film Festival, Seattle International Film Festival, Transylvania (Romania), Sydney (Australia), Festival du Film Normandy and Brussels Film Festival. The Norwegian Film Institute and Maipo film keep receiveing more and more invitations.

In addition to winning the prestigious award at Sundance – the film received a Mention spéciale du jury à Happy, Happy in the Festival du Film de Cabourg Normandy (France) and Best Screenplay Award during the Brussels Film Festival.

Among the countries Happy, Happy is sold to, we find Australia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Slovenia, Croatia, Serbia & Montenegro, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Albania, Macedonia, France, Hungary, Lithuania, Romania, Spain, Germany, Poland og Taiwan. USA also shows great interest in the film. 


Alfie Atkins becomes feature film and TV series

First the TV series, then the popular Alfie Atkins become a full-length feature film for the first time.

Hocus Pocus, Alfie Atkins! is the first feature film about Alfie. The film is based on the novel "Hocus Pocus, Alfie Atkins!" and developed into a major story based on themes from the book and issues and characters from Alfie Atkins' universe. The film tells a story about illusions and magic, lies and imagination – and about an intense desire to be old enough to get a dog!

Alfie Atkins is one of our most popular children's characters. The inventive, imaginative and clever 6-year-old has made a strong impression on children and adults for generations. With his distinctive qualities and his imaginary friend Skybert, Alfie has almost become an icon of children's ability to solve problems and play. The film will be directed by Torill Kove, the most renowned animation director in Norway. She is an award-winning director, animator and illustrator. In 2007, she won an Oscar for The Danish Poet, and in 2005 she was nominated for an Oscar for My Grandmother Ironed the King's Shirts. This film is Toril Kove's first feature film for cinema.

The film will premiere winter 2012/2013, while the TV series is expected to premiere autumn 2012 in all Nordic countries.

The Art of Negative Thinking as theater in Prague!

27th of April 2010, The Art of Negative Thinking premiered at a theater in the capital of the Czech Republic.

The theater is famous in Prague – the hall has 300 seats, and from what we've seen, the scene looks great! The film was very popular in the Czech Republic – it received an award during the festival in Karlovy Vary and was awarded Best Foreign Film in Czeck Lion in 2007.

Opening film at the Norwegian Film Festival

The Last Joint Venture is opening the festival, and it is now possible to enjoy the film's trailer.

The film is shown in Haugesund August 17, while the rest of the country will have to wait for the official premiere, August 29, 2009.


The shooting has started!

On Tuesday, September 4th 2007, the filming of The Last Joint Venture started. The shooting will take place in the Oslo area – and the actors are already dressed as hippies and look like they're living in 1979.

Carl (Joner) and Robert (Cleve Broch) are two wasters who live in harmony, letting life slide by in an eternal cannabis haze. They earn their keep by peddling small batches of hash, and by doing that, they feel that they provide an essential supplement to the suffering populace. But then Glen (Conradi) turns up. Equipped with Afghan fur coats, ghetto blaster and a battered Peugeot, they face a breathless, dramatic and hilarious trip through Oslo's underworld and into the darkest forest of Norway.

The last joint venture is based on Ingvar Ambjørnsen's cult slacker novel about the transition from the idyllic 70s to the hardnosed egotism of the yuppie era. The film is directed by Ulrik Imtiaz Rolfsen (Izzat, Varg Veum – Bitter Flowers).

The film will premiere 29th of August 2008 with a cast of several well known Norwegian actors. The leading roles are brilliantly portrayed by Kristoffer Joner and Nicolai Cleve Broch, while Kåre Conradi, Bjørn Sundquist, Gard Eidsvold, Linn Skåber, Robert Skjærstad and Jan Gunnar Røise play other important characters.

The rats - now on DVD!

Happy new rat-year! While waiting for the release of Svein and the Rat and the UFO-Mystery 9th of March 2007 (see the picture), it is now possible to watch the first film.

Svein and the Rat is now available on DVD. In it, we meet Svein and his rat Halvorsen for the very first time. We also get to know Melissa and Dan – and their rats James Bond and Pippi.

To Karlovy Vary

The same day as the DVD release of The Art of Negative Thinking, we are happy to announce that director Bård Breien's debut film will participate at the 42nd Karlovy Vary International Film Festival.

The Art of Negative Thinking will have its international premiere at the Czech showcase Saturday, 30th of June 2007. The film is one of the 15 contenders for the Crystal Globe – grand prix – at the festival. Karlovy Vary International Film Festival is one of the oldest festivals in the world, and is considered to be an A-festival, like Cannes, Berlin and Venice. It is the most important festival in Eastern and Central Europe.

Click here for more information.