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Silvana Imam in Silvana. Photo: Mantaray Film

Warhol, Tomas Alfredson and Queer Feminist Rap

Unique material by and with Andy Warhol, Ingmar Bergman interpreted by Tomas Alfredson and a portrayal of queer feminist rapper Silvana Imam. These are just some of the latest projects to have been granted funding from the Swedish Film Institute.

Tomas Alfredson (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy and upcoming The Snowman) is working on a film collage inspired by Ingmar Bergman. Bergman's Reliquarium will be included in the Bergman Revisited initiative, an invitation for filmmakers to enter the Bergman universe. Lisa Aschan (She Monkeys, White People) will also be contributing to the initiative with God is Silent, a film inspired by The Silence, swapping out Bergman’s perspective with her own. Passionate love and Sapphic action guaranteed. Each of these short films is 10 minutes long.

In the documentary That Summer, Swedish production company Story and Göran Hugo Olsson have been granted permission to make a film out of unique material captured by such names as Peter Beard, Andy Warhol and Jonas Mekas in the 1970s in Montauk, Long Island. Lee Radziwill, Andy Warhol and Edith Bouvier Beale were involved in the filming, amongst others.

Mika Gustafson, Olivia Kastebring and Christina Tsiobanelis have been working together since 2014, directing, writing and filming Silvana Imam in Silvana. Music and intimacy meet in this portrait of a voice of a new generation.

Lone Scherfig’s Secrets from the Russian Tea Room is a Danish-Swedish co-production with an international cast. The film tells the story of five people and their individual struggles in New York City, while also serving as a reminder of how we can help one another.

Solsidan (English title tba), one of Sweden’s most popular comedy series, is being made into a film. Three couples battle with love, the longing for children, quirky parents and unwritten bathing rules in a Swedish resort town. Brothers Felix and Måns Herngren (The 101-Year-Old Man Who Skipped Out on the Bill and Disappeared, which won several awards, including the most recent Guldbagge Audience Award) are in the directors’ seats. Solsidan has received market funding.

Nima Sarvestani’s documentary Prison Sisters follows the different paths two women take following their release from prison in Afghanistan. The film premiered at last year’s IDFA, and is director Nima Sarvestani and producers Farima Karimi and Maryam Ebrahimi’s follow-up to No Burqas Behind Bars.

Pernille Fischer Christensen directs Becoming Astrid. In the words of the production company: When Astrid Lindgren was rather young, an event occurred which would affect her on a fundamental level, a miracle meets misfortune that shaped the rest of her life. This incident transformed her into one of the most innovative women of our time, a storyteller beloved the world over. This film is an interpretation of a young Astrid who, despite societal and religious expectations and demands, decides to break free from the norm and follow her heart. Becoming Astrid will be released in 2018.

Feature film

Ella Rae Rappaport in Alone in Space. Framegrab: NICE DRAMA

Alone in Space
Director Ted Kjellsson
Screenplay Henrik Ståhl, Ted Kjellsson
Producers Sonja Hermele, Anna Knochenhauer, Stefan Baron
Funding recipient Nice Drama AB
Target group Family
Film type Feature
Genre Drama
Technique Live action
Film commissioner Magdalena Jangard
Funding granted 8 000 000 SEK
Production company's presentation: Alone in Space is an ambitious, adventurous, warm, entertaining feature film which does not ignore the bigger questions of life and death. The film transports the audience on a space adventure with two siblings, as they challenge their destiny along with your average alien. 

Becoming Astrid (Unga Astrid)
Director Pernille Fischer Christensen
Screenplay Pernille Fischer Christensen, Kim Fupz Aakeson
Producer Lars G Lindström
Funding recipient Nordisk Film Production Sverige AB
Target group Adults
Film type Feature
Genre Drama
Technique Live action
Film commissioner Yaba Holst
Funding granted 10 500 000 SEK
Production company's presentation: When Astrid Lindgren was still quite young, an event occurred which affected her on a fundamental level, granting her an in-depth insight into children’s souls. This very incident convinced her to break with the norms, the religious and societal expectations of the day, and transformed her into a storyteller, one of the most innovative women of our time. This is the story of Becoming Astrid.

Blind Alley (Den enda vägen). Photo: Carolina Romare © Bright Pictures

Blind Alley (Den enda vägen)
Director Manuel Concha
Screenplay Claudia Galli Concha, Manuel Concha
Producers Börje Hansson, Carola Hansson, Cladia Galli Concha
Funding recipient Bright Moving Pictures AB
Target group Adults
Film type Feature
Genre Drama
Technique Live action
Film commissioner Calle Marthin
Funding granted 840 000 SEK
Production company's presentation: Brothers Michel and Alex are shot on the street. Alex is critically injured, and the brothers are accused of being involved in criminal activity. The struggle to survive plunges them deeper into the murk. 

Death of a Child. Photo: Lasse Barkfors

Death of a Child
Directors Frida Barkfors, Lasse Barkfors
Screenplay Frida Barkfors, Lasse Barkfors
Producer Frida Barkfors
Funding recipient De Andra *
Target group Adults
Film type Documentary
Technique Live action
Film commissioner Antonio Russo Merenda
Funding granted 500 000 SEK
Production company's presentation: A film about people who have committed and experienced one of the worst imaginable acts - to have caused the death of one's own child. Through their own stories, a picture of an unrelenting nightmare unfolds, something we can all relate to on a frighteningly simple level. In addition to the internal panic, suffering and self-loathing, factors such as society's response, support from family and friends, or quite the opposite - scorn from acquaintances and colleagues, online hate and sometimes even accusations of murder or homicide - come into play.

* Swedish coproducer. Main producer Final Cut for Real/Anne Köhncke, Denmark

East of Sweden
Director Simo Halinen
Screenplay Simo Halinen
Producer Madeleine Ekman
Funding recipient Zentropa Sweden AB *
Target group Adults
Film type Feature
Genre Drama
Technique Live action
Film commissioner Yaba Holst
Funding granted 1 000 000 SEK
Production company's presentation: Three men meet on a night train on the border of Finland and Sweden. All three are concealing something, and a sudden confrontation amongst them leads to disastrous consequences, with two of them being forced to make a joint decision. East of Sweden is a fast-paced thriller on loyalty, love and violence, that junction where good deeds and misfortune collide, spinning out of control.

* Swedish co-production. Major producer: Kaiho Republic, Liisa Penti, Finland

Europe's Brasilia. Photo: Nora Agapi

Europe’s Brasilia (Europas Brasilia)
Director Carl Pontus Hjorthén
Screenplay Carl Pontus Hjorthén, Christofer Bocker
Producers Kalle Gustafsson Jerneholm, Martin Jönsson 
Funding recipient Svenska Filmstudion / Svenska Grammofonstudion AB
Target group Adults
Film type Documentary
Technique Mixed
Film commissioner Antonio Russo Merenda
Funding granted 400 000 SEK
Production company's presentation: Inspired by Brazil’s newly built capital Brasilia, city planners in Gothenburg attempt to build a new city surrounded by forestland. Sagal is a young girl from Hjällbo, and this film is based around her personal journey. She also recounts the history of the place she loves. 

Goliath (Goliat)
Director Peter Grönlund
Screenplay Peter Grönlund
Producers Mattias Nohrborg, Frida Bargo
Funding recipient B-Reel Films AB
Target group Adults
Film type Feature
Genre Drama
Technique Live action
Film commissioner Calle Marthin
Funding granted 9 000 000 SEK
Production company's presentation: Kimmie is a boy living in a small mill town in anywhere, Sweden. He is expected to support his family, as well as taking up his father's criminal activity once his old man ends up in prison. Goliath is a film about one boy’s passage into adulthood, a contemplation on how social inheritance can control an individual’s life.

Gordon and Paddy (Gordon och Paddy) (extended funding)
Director Linda Hambäck
Screenplay Jan Vierth
Producer Linda Hambäck
Funding recipient LEE Film Stockholm AB
Target group Kids
Film type Feature
Genre Drama
Technique Animated
Film commissioner Calle Marthin
Funding granted 950 000 SEK
Production company's presentation: A film set in the big forest about Paddy, a young mouse, who to start with doesn't even have a name. But she shows her talent and takes over as chief of police when inspector Gordon retires. To begin with she can imitate Gordon's methods, but when two children go missing and the main suspect is the dreaded fox, she has to go beyond herself. But is the fox really as dangerous as rumour suggests? Can the children be saved, and by whom?

I Called Him Morgan. Photo: Chuck Stewart

I Called Him Morgan (extended funding)
Director Kasper Collin
Screenplay Kasper Collin
Producer Kasper Collin
Funding recipient Kasper Collin Produktion AB
Target group Adults
Film type Documentary
Technique Live action
Film commissioner Klara Grunning
Funding granted 150 000 SEK
Production company's presentation: On a snowy night in February 1972, celebrated jazz musician Lee Morgan was shot dead by his wife Helen during a gig at a club in New York City. The murder sent shockwaves through the jazz community, and the memory of the event still haunts those who knew the Morgans. This music documentary is a love letter to two unique personalities and the music that brought them together. A film about love, jazz and America with cinematography by Bradford Young (DOP Selma).

Leslie on Fire. Photo: Magnus Rutberg

Leslie on Fire (working title) (Leslie brinner)
Director Stefan Berg
Screenplay Stefan Berg
Producers Stefan Berg, Elie Kellerman
Funding recipient Masters of Reality AB
Target group Adults
Film type Documentary
Technique Mixed
Film commissioner Klara Grunning
Funding granted 875 000 SEK
Production company's presentation: When Leslie was 14, he dreamed of becoming a famous singer. But growing up in Seved, Malmö, was tough, and despite his talent he ended up on the wrong side of the tracks. 13 years later, his Swedish RnB has earned him respect amongst the Stockholm music industry. In order to win the hearts of the masses, however, he must develop on a personal level.

Prison Sisters.

Prison Sisters (Systrar bakom galler)
Director Nima Sarvestani
Screenplay Nima Sarvestani
Producer Maryam Ebrahimi
Funding recipient Nima Film Aktiebolag
Target group Adults
Film type Documentary
Technique Mixed
Film commissioner Klara Grunning
Funding granted 1 500 000 SEK
Production company's presentation: The story of two young women upon their release from an Afghani prison. Sara risks her life by fleeing to Sweden, while Najibeh is forced to remain in a Taliban-run home. Following numerous attempts to contact her, Sara comes to learn that Najibeh was apparently stoned to death. Sara is unable to return to Afghanistan, sending the filmmaker in her place to uncover the truth behind Najibeh’s death.

Reconstructing Utøya. Photo: Carl Javér

Reconstructing Utøya
Director Carl Javér
Screenplay Fredrik Lange, Carl Javér
Producer Fredrik Lange
Funding recipient Vilda Bomben Film AB
Target group Adults
Film type Documentary
Technique Live action
Film commissioner Antonio Russo Merenda
Funding granted 1 185 000 SEK
Production company's presentation: Through a series of reconstructions, five survivors from the Utøya terror attacks explain what happened to them and how they survived. A group of young adults are on hand to help them re-enact this experience. The film also captures life outside the studio walls, revealing how the relationship between the survivors, the actors and the film team develops.

Secrets from the Russian Tea Room
Director Lone Scherfig
Screenplay Lone Scherfig
Producer Patrik Ryborn
Funding recipient Unlimited Stories AB *
Target group Adults
Film type Feature
Genre Drama
Technique Live action
Film commissioner Yaba Holst
Funding granted 1 000 000 SEK
Production company's presentation: A New York saga involving five individuals’ personal struggles and battles, and the way in which they alter one another’s lives through compassion, friendship and love.

* Swedish co-production. Major producer: Malene Blenkov, Creative Alliance, Denmark

Silvana (working title) (Silvana - väck mig när ni vaknat). Photo: Mantaray Film

Silvana (working title) (Silvana - väck mig när ni vaknat)
Directors Mika Gustafson, Olivia Kastebring, Christina Tsiobanelis
Screenplay Mika Gustafson, Olivia Kastebring, Christina Tsiobanelis
Producers Anna Weitz, Stina Gardell
Funding recipient Mantaray Film AB
Target group Youth
Film type Documentary
Technique Live action
Film commissioner Antonio Russo Merenda
Funding granted 1 550 000 SEK
Production company's presentation: Swedish rapper Silvana Imam uses her razor-sharp tongue to capture the movements taking place in society today, personifying a new generation along the way. Silvana is both an intimate love story and a unique look at the raucous early years of her career.

Untitled Peter Beard Project. Photo: Göran Hugo Olsson

Untitled Peter Beard Project
Director Göran Hugo Olsson
Screenplay Göran Hugo Olsson
Producer Tobias Janson
Funding recipient Story AB
Target group Adults
Film type Documentary
Technique Live action
Film commissioner Antonio Russo Merenda
Funding granted 1 800 000 SEK

Swamp (Sump). Photo: Eva Norén and Josef Norén.

Swamp (Sump)
Director Camilla Strøm Henriksen
Screenplay Camilla Strøm Henriksen
Producer Annika Hellström
Funding recipient Cinenic Film AB *
Target group Adults
Film type Feature
Genre Drama
Technique Live action
Film commissioner Yaba Holst
Funding granted 800 000 SEK
Production company's presentation: An awful family tragedy befalls 15-year-old Jill. In order to protect her younger brother she keeps it a secret, wishing her father would come along and rescue the two of them. Soon enough, however, Jill comes to the realization that she must make a choice.

* Swedish co-production. Major producer: Hummelfilm AS; Gudny Hummelvoll, Norway

The Traffic Light Turns Blue Tomorrow. Photo: Story

The Traffic Light Turns Blue Tomorrow (Trafikljusen blir blå i morgon)
Director Ragnhild Ekner
Screenplay Ragnhild Ekner
Producer Tobias Janson
Funding recipient Story AB
Target group Adults
Film type Documentary
Technique Live action
Film commissioner Antonio Russo Merenda
Funding granted 980 000 SEK
Production company's presentation: A friend’s death triggers the tale about those of us who find community outside of society’s norms. About the struggle to play the part of an adult in a world impossible to adjust to for many. Jussi’s last text message states, ‘This world is not for me.’ Who exactly is this world for?

Untitled
Director tba
Screenplay tba
Producers Magdalena Jangard, Jessica Ask 
Funding recipient Anagram Sverige
Target group Family
Film type Feature
Genre Drama
Technique Live action
Film commissioner Calle Marthin
Funding granted 10 500 000 SEK

Untitled B-Reel
Director tba
Screenplay Mattias Nohrborg
Producers Fredrik Heinig, Mattias Nohrborg
Funding recipient B-Reel Films AB
Target group Adults
Film type Documentary
Technique Live action
Film commissioner Juan Pablo Libossart
Funding granted 800 000 SEK

Short film

Ariel *
Director Linus Tunström
Screenplay Linus Tunström
Producer Anders Landström
Funding recipient FilmLance International AB
Target group Adults
Film type Feature
Genre Drama
Technique Live action
Film commissioner Andreas Fock
Funding granted 500 000 SEK
Production company's presentation: A girl is born with wings. When Filip and Anna first realize that their newborn daughter is not like other children, they react in wildly opposing manners. Anna considers it a miracle, while Filip sees it as a stigma. In order to survive as an adult, are we required to sever our connection to the magical?

* Bergman Revisited

Bauta. Photo: Kristoffer Jönsson

Bauta
Directors Matilda Dahl, Isabella Rodriguez, Jonas Modin
Screenplay Catrine Lundell, Michal Axel Piotrowski, Jonas Modin, Joakim Granberg, Olov-Anders Sikku, Matilda Dahl, Isabella Rodriguez
Producer Viktor Gauffin
Funding recipient FLX Film AB
Target group Adults
Film type Feature
Genre Comedy
Technique Live action
Film commissioner Helen Ahlsson
Funding granted 1 539 000 SEK
Production company's presentation: Bauta is a satirical sketch series on Sweden today. Eight separate segments consider the ways in which political correctness, freedom of speech, racism, feminism and countless other loaded discussions are inundating the Swedish airwaves, our lunch breaks and our date nights.

Illustration: Jesper Waldersten

Bergman’s Reliquarium (Bergmans Reliquarium) *
Director Tomas Alfredson
Screenplay Tomas Alfredson
Producer Fatima Varhos
Funding recipient Another Park Film AB
Target group Adults
Film type Feature
Genre Experiment
Technique Mixed
Film commissioner Andreas Fock
Funding granted 500 000 SEK
Production company's presentation: A visual association play into Ingmar Bergman’s deepest secrets. A pop video attempting to connect Bergman’s various works by borrowing, mirroring, cropping, replicating and caricaturing. An homage to one of our time’s truly major filmmakers.

* Bergman Revisited

God is Silent (Guds tystnad) *
Directors Lisa Aschan, Isabel Cruz Liljegren
Screenplay Lisa Aschan
Producer Anna-Maria Kantarius
Funding recipient Garagefilm International AB
Target group Adults
Film type Feature
Genre Drama
Technique Live action
Film commissioner Andreas Fock
Funding granted 500 000 SEK
Production company's presentation: Lisa Aschan and Isabel Cruz Liljegren find inspiration in The Silence, swapping out Bergman’s perspective for their own. Passionate love and Sapphic action are guaranteed when Ester and Anna shatter the silence.

* Bergman Revisited

House (Hus)
Director Minna Floss
Screenplay Minna Floss
Producer Mario Adamson
Funding recipient Sisyfos Film Production
Target group Family
Film type Feature
Genre Experiment
Technique Animated
Film commissioner Andreas Fock
Funding granted 450 000 SEK
Production company's presentation: One late summer evening, a young girl comes across a dilapidated abandoned house deep in the forest. By exploring the labyrinth of corridors, stairways and rooms, she is pulled deeper and deeper into the slumbering house, which slowly awakens.

My Gay Sister. Actors Erika A Coleman, Julia Safavi, Tina Pourdavoy. Photo: Karin Stenwall

My Gay Sister (Min homosyster)
Director Lia Hietala
Screenplay Lia Hietala
Producers Stefan Henriksson, Karin Stenwall, Lia Hietala
Funding recipient New Stories AB
Target group Kids
Film type Feature
Genre Drama
Technique Live action
Film commissioner Erika Wasserman
Funding granted 100 000 SEK
Production company's presentation: Majken has known that she was gay since the age of seven, while Gabbi more recently realised that she also likes girls. But what about Gabbi’s younger sister, 10-year-old Cleo? Who is she in love with, a girl or a boy? Cleo joins Gabbi on a trip to her girlfriend Majken’s summer house. As they drive north, a silent battle develops between the older role models. Who will gain Cleo’s trust? 

Market funding

Solsidan (English title tba)
Directors Felix Herngren, Måns Herngren
Screenplay Jesper Harrie
Producer Emma Nyberg
Funding recipient Solsidan AB
Target group Family
Film type Feature
Genre Comedy
Technique Live action
Funding granted 8 000 000 SEK
Production company's presentation: When this much-loved television series is made into a film, life takes on a new dimension. Alex and Anna, Fredde and Mickan and Ove and Anette struggle with various life crises - think divorce and childlessness - while raging against the unwritten bathing rules in the summer resort of Torekov.

Untitled
Director, screenplay, producer tba
Funding recipient SF Studios Production AB
Target group Adults
Film type Feature
Genre Drama
Technique Live action
Funding granted 5 000 000 SEK

Untitled
Director, screenplay, producer tba
Funding recipient Unlimited Stories AB
Target group Adults
Film type Feature
Genre Comedy
Technique Live action
Funding granted 7 500 000 SEK

Untitled
Director, screenplay, producer tba
Funding recipient Unlimited Stories AB
Target group Family
Film type Feature
Funding granted 8 000 000 SEK
Genre Comedy
Technique Live action

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