Kolibri will make Ann-Helén Laestadius’ Acclaimed Novel Stolen for Netflix

Kolibri Productions has signed a deal with Netflix to make Ann-Helén Laestadius’ acclaimed novel Stolen for the streaming giant.

The story portrays a young woman’s struggle to defend her indigenous heritage in a world where xenophobia is on the rise, climate change is threatening reindeer herding, and young people choose suicide in the face of collective desperation. But the novel also lays bare the tensions that arise when modern ideas come up against a traditional culture with deeply rooted patriarchal structures.

The director Elle Márjá Eira will be doing her feature film debut. Peter Birro will be the screenwriter and the Executive producer will be Ann-Helén Laestadius. The shoot is expected to start in Sápmi in the spring of 2023.

In September 2021, Laestadius won the Book of the Year Award for Stolen and it has been sold to over 20+ countries globally.

Kolibri Productions CEO Khalil Al Harbiti said: “We are extremely proud to partner with Netflix on this project, which is truly a classic coming-of-age story about family, identity and survival set against extraordinary times. We are thrilled to work with Peter Birro who has written one of the most important scripts this year – it is impossible not to fall in love with this story!”

Stolen is planned to be released globally on Netflix in 2024.

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