Viaplay is adapting “Listen Up!” by Gulraiz Sharif as a major Norwegian feature film

  • At Gulraiz Sharif acclaimed novel one of Norway most popular in 2021
  • `Listen Up’ directed by the winner Kaveh Teherani (`The Manchador’) and BAFTA-nominated stars Asim Chaudhry (“People do nothing”)
  • Viaplay expected to feature at least 70 originals in 2022

At Gulraiz Sharif acclaimed novel `Listen Up!’ will become a great Norwegian film of Viaplay, in partnership with Motlys and Arthaus. A lively and warm exploration of identity, class and family, ‘Listen Up!’ Brands At Kaveh Tehrani’s (the award-winning short film `The Manchador’) directorial debut feature film and is currently filming in Oslo. The film joins the World War II drama “Gold Run” on Viaplay Norwegian feature film, and will be shown on Viaplay following a cinema window in the fall of 2023.

In Oslo, Mahmoud, 15, is looking forward to summer vacation. All that’s missing is a job, money or something to do. So when his uncle comes to visit from Pakistan, Mahmoud takes it upon himself to show him all that the capital has to offer. At the same time, his younger brother Ali reveals a very personal secret to him, leaving Mahmoud facing the greatest test of his life to keep the family together.

The film features newcomers Mohammed Ahmed and Liza Haideralongside the award-winning British star Asim Chaudhry (“Wonder Woman 1984”; “Black Mirror: Bandersnatch”), recipient of a Royal Television Society Award and two BAFTA Television Award nominations for “People Just Do Nothing”.

Kaveh Teherani: “Do not fit in today’s life Norway is something I recognize. I want to make a film for everyone who feels the same and engages viewers whether they have Pakistani roots or not. ‘Listen!’ will be a modern, rich and pleasant portrait of a wonderful eastern family Oslo. The film will be bold and angry, charming and generous, and always full of love.”

Filippa Wallestam, Viaplay Group Responsible for content:At Gulraiz Sharif novel was the most borrowed book of the Oslo Public Library in 2021 – which only shows its remarkable appeal. The characters are multi-layered and the themes universal. It’s a movie for everyone, and we’re proud to bring it to Viaplay viewers in Norway and internationally, with an extremely talented creative team.”

The film is scripted by Erlend Loe (“Quick”) and Nora Landsrød (“Stockholm Bloodbath”), with Ingvil Berger and Yngve Sæther producing for Motlys and Kari MoenKristiansen as executive producer for Viaplay Group.

‘Listen!’ (Norwegian title: `Hør her’a!’) is produced in partnership with Norsk filminstitutt, Nordisk Film & TV Fond and Oslo Filmfond.

About Viaplay Originals

At least 70 Viaplay Originals are expected to air in 2022. Upcoming Originals include “End of Summer”; `RIP Henry‘; ‘Below’; `Thunder in My Heart’ season two; ‘Live life’ ; “Something is happening” ; “It could have been us”; “Trio” season two; `RSVP’; ‘The fortress’; ‘The Hunt for Jasper S.’; `Liv Ullman: The road less travelled”; “Those Who Kill” Season Three; “Face to Face” season three; ” The meaning of life ” ; “Something Stupid”; “The guilty” ; “Stockholm Bloodbath”; `Delete Me’ season two; “Boys”; `The Dreamer – Become Karen Blixen‘; “Fenris”; “Gold Run”; “Last Light”; ‘Cell 8’; ‘Elvira’; “North Sea Connection”; ‘limbo’; “Litvinenko”; “Karma and Jonar”; ‘Ronja’; “The Uninhabitable Earth”; “Polish Murderers”; ‘Black Dog’ ; “Freedom of the Swallow”; “Honor” season three; `Pørni’ season three; ‘Hilma’; `Who fired Otto Muller?’; a biopic by Börje Salming; ‘fadime’; “Taylor’s Island”; ‘What about Monica’; “EXODUS FROM THE KINGDOM”; `Estonia: The Last Wave’; `Stella Blómkvist’ season two; “The Swarm”; “Perfect People”; and “Margins”.

Two major films in English will be produced by Viaplay every year. The company has also set up a UKjoint venture with FilmNation Entertainment and invested in the American studio Picturestart.



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