CEO and producer
Maipo Film is one of Norway’s leading production companies of feature films and drama series. With over 40 productions since the company’s establishment in 2000, Maipo Film has secured a solid position within the Norwegian and international marked. Producer Synnøve Hørsdal is the CEO and co-founder of Maipo Film.
Following the Oscar nomination of the box office success ELLING (2001) for Best International Feature Film, Maipo Film has produced a number of award-winning and critically acclaimed films and series for a broad audience. Including Sundance winner HAPPY, HAPPY (2010), Karlovy Vary winner THE ART OF NEGATIVE THINKING (2006), winner of the Canneseries, STATE OF HAPPINESS (2018) and the international success THE CROSSING (2020).
STATE OF HAPPINESS, SEASON 1 2018
Director: Petter Næss and Pål Jackman
Screenplay: Mette M. Bølstad
Cast: Anne Regine Ellingsæter, Amund Harboe, Bart Edwards, Malene Wadel, Pia Tjelta, Per Kjerstad, Vegar Hoel
State of Happiness tells the story of Western prosperity, a changing nation, a Klondike town, and four young people who are thrown into a whirlwind of opportunities. It’s the summer of 1969 in the small coastal town of Stavanger, Northern Europe. International oil companies have been test drilling for years, but nothing has been found and they are in the process of leaving. Stavanger lives off fish, and the North Sea is emptying out. The town is in crisis. The night before Christmas 1969, Phillips Petroleum finds the largest sub sea oil basin in history. And everything is about to change.
THE ASH LAD: IN SEARCH OF THE GOLDEN CASTLE 2019
Genre: Action adventure
Director: Mikkel Brænne Sandemose
Screenplay: Aleksander Kirkwood Brown
Cast: Vebjørn Enger, Eili Harboe, Mads S. Pettersen, Elias H. Sørensen, Sidse Babett Knudsen, Thorbjørn Harr, Christian Skolmen, Alexandra Gjerpen
The Ash Lad: In Search of the Golden Castle is the second film in the Ash Lad series. When the King and Queen are poisoned, brothers Per and Pål get arrested, suspected of being behind it. Younger brother Espen "Ash Lad" and Princess Kristin set out on a quest to find the mythical Soria Moria castle, which is said to be built of pure gold. In Soria Moria, there sits a well containing the Water of Life; the only thing that can cure Kristin's parents. But some wicked Danes are also on the hunt to find the castle. If Espen and Kristin fail, it will spell the end for the brothers, the kingdom - and perhaps the entire world.
MISS JULIE 2014
Director: Liv Ullmann
Screenplay: Liv Ullmann
Cast: Jessica Chastain, Colin Farrell, Samantha Morton, Nora McMenamy
A country estate in Ireland in the 1880s. Over the course of one midsummer night, in an atmosphere of wild revelry and loosened social constraints, Miss Julie and her father's valet, John, dance and drink, charm and manipulate each other. She, with hauteur longing for abasement; he, polished but coarse - both united in mutual loathing and attraction. By turns seductive and bullying, savage and tender, their intimacy leads to desperate plans and vision of a life together... Unsure if the morning brings hope or hopelessness, Julie and John find their escape in a final act as sublime and horrific as anything in Greek tragedy. Miss Julie depicts a fierce battle between a man and a woman, a struggle for power and dominance enacted through a cruel and somplulsive game of seduction and repulsion.