Today SF Studios announces the new feature film Storm from its Norwegian production company Paradox (Utøya – July 22, King’s Choice) with the debutant director Erika Calmeyer. The film is a suspense drama and stars Ane Dahl Torp (The Wave, The Quake, Charter) in the lead role portraying a mother in an impossible situation, as it questions: can the unconditional love between a mother and her daughter overcome anything?
Single mother Elin is off with her two kids on a fishing trip when the worst imaginable thing happens: while playing with his sister out of his mother’s sight, Ulrik (6) falls into the river and drowns in the heavy streams. Elin is left with her daughter Storm (10), struggling to get their life back on track when a classmate claims to have seen Storm deliberately push her brother into the river. The accusations quickly spread in the small community. Elin fiercely defends her daughter, but as her own narrative waivers she is forced to face the truth about what really happened that day by the river.
“The impossible dilemma that Elin is confronted with in this story is something I have carried with me for many years. For me the film is about motherhood and how we can go to any extreme to protect our children. I am grateful that so many gifted people wanted to be a part of this and when we got Ane Dahl Torp on board as the lead it all came together. I am happy and proud to get the chance to tell this story”, says Erika Calmeyer, director.
The debuting feature film director Erika Calmeyer has since her graduation from the Norwegian Film School in 2014, received a lot of attention and participated in the Next Nordic Generation program during the film festival in Haugesund and Nordic Film days in Lubeck. She has also won the Critics’ Award at Les Infants Terribles in Belgium. Erika has recently directed several TV series such as Twin and Young Royals.
Storm is based on script by screenwriter Johan Fasting, who has worked as a writer on several feature films and award-winning TV series such as Home Ground.
The film is produced by Finn Gjerdrum and Stein B. Kvea for Paradox/SF Studios with the support from the Norwegian Film Institute.
“We are really pleased that the talented director Erika Calmeyer makes her feature film debut with Paradox. When she first came to us with the script we were taken by how she and fellow screenwriter Johan Fasting had raised some really interesting questions, and turned it into an intriguing story with a lot of unexpected twists and turns. I´m glad we took on the project and look forward to presenting it to the world”, says Finn Gjerdum, producer at Paradox.
Storm is expected to be released in cinemas in Norway in fall 2022. SF Studios handles Nordic distribution and REinvent handles international sales.
About SF Studios
SF Studios, established in 1919, is one of the world’s oldest film companies. Today SF Studios is the leading film studio in the Nordic region with its headquarters in Stockholm, Sweden and offices in Oslo, Copenhagen, Helsinki and London. The company is producing and distributing feature films and TV series as well as providing the streaming service SF Anytime. Alongside its own production operations including Paradox, SF Studios owns the production companies FLX, Filmkameratene and Motion Blur, and is part of the leading Nordic media company Bonnier.
About REinvent Studios
REinvent Studios is a packaging, sales and financing studio all in one. REinvent Studios has extensive knowledge of original trends and sales opportunities in both the Scandinavian and international markets and works with high profile European production companies.