Dagbladet reports that Stellan Skarsgård and Bjørn Floberg are to reprise their onscreen chemistry from Erik Skjoldbjærg’s 1997 thriller Insomnia in the movie adaptation of Per Petterson’s 2003 novel Ut Og Stjæle Heste (Out Stealing Horses).
In Out Stealing Horses we meet 67 year old widower Trond (Skarsgård) who has moved to a small rural community with his dog after losing his second wife. Here he plans to celebrate the millennium alone. But a chance encounter evokes painful memories from his childhood and the summer of 1948.
That was the summer when his father disappeared from his life for good. That same summer was the first time he felt close to a woman… the same woman who disappeared with his father.
The film adaptation, to be written and directed by Hans Petter Moland (A Conspiracy Of Faith), has been awarded NOK 11.8 million in support from the Norwegian Film Institute (NFI) towards the NOK 39.4 million total budget.
This is not the first time someone has attempted to adapt the novel for the big screen. In 2008, Marius Holst was lined up to direct a screenplay by Bjorn Olaf Johannessen, but funding was never secured.
Out Stealing Horses is slated to begin filming in February 2018.