Swedish doomsday comedy gets cash boost

Jonas Gardell picks up $2 million for 'People in the Sun'

COLOGNE, Germany – Swedish stand-up star Jonas Gardell has picked up $2 million in production support from the Norwegian Film Institute (NFI) for a feature film based on his play "Manniskor I solan" (People in the Sun).

Theatrical and TV director Per-Olav Sorensn will helm "People in the Sun," dubbed a doomsday comedy, in his feature film debut. The story follows two couples left alone in a cottage while everyone else is out celebrating Midsummer Eve. What they don't know: the end of the world is nigh.

Gardell will star alongside Scandinavian actors Ingar Helge Gimle, Kjersti Holmen, Ane Dahl Torp, Jon Oigarden and Ghita Norby. Budgeted at $3.5 million, "People in the Sun" is set to begin shooting this August. Synnove Horsdal and Cornelia Boysen will produce for Maipo, the Norwegian firm behind the Oscar-nominated "Elling" (2001). Nordisk will release "People" locally in March 2011.
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