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Stay-Ups. Photo: Joanna Rytel

Wrestling, amusement parks and John Ajvide Lindqvist

Director Julia Thelin, who competed at this year’s Cannes, is at work on a wrestling film, Måns Mårlind and Björn Stein film a sensational love story at Gröna Lund amusement park, and John Ajvide Lindqvist contributes with a script for a new film. A total of 17 projects were recently granted production funding. 

In Ali Abbasi’s Border (Gräns), a mystical traveller awakens something deep within customs officer Tina, eventually throwing her entire existence up in the air. Abassi penned the manuscript alongside John Ajvide Lindqvist and Isabella Eklöf. Måns Mårlind and Björn Stein are at work on Swoon (Eld och lågor), a story of the love affair between John and Ninni, both heirs of their own amusement park. Forbidden love and a battle between two families meet in this drama based on the history of Stockholm’s famed Gröna Lund.

Julia Thelin, who competed at this year’s Cannes for the Short Film Palme d’Or, writes and directs Tweener (Brottas), a teen short involving 13-year-old best friends Jaana and Bettan, as they channel their emotions atop the wrestling mat. In the short film Kevlar (English title tba) by Tuna Özer, Camilo is met with prejudice at a housewarming party in a Stockholm suburb. Jane Magnusson directs the animated short Vox lipoma (Fettknölen), as part of the Bergman Revisited project. With a script by Liv Strömquist, this film examines an elusive birthmark on Ingmar Bergman’s cheek. Jenifer Malmqvist (winner of a 2014 Guldbagge for Best Short Film with On Suffocation) writes and directs the short Min värld i din (English title tba) a love story between Stella and undocumented asylum-seeker Shams.

Joanna Rytel writes, directs and produces short film Stay-Ups, a documentary about a woman in her 40s as she does herself up for a date while instructing her children to make themselves scarce. Documentary Fort McMurray, a visual speechless sound installation, bears witness to the human hunt for oil. The film is a co-production between Swedish director Michel Wenzer (winner of a 2012 Guldbagge for Best Documentary with At Night I Fly) and Philippe Leonard of Canadian post-rock band Godspeed You! Black Emperor.

Co-productions with Greece (The Miracle of the Sargasso Sea, the story of a female police chief as she battles for justice and struggles with her own conscience, set amidst the eel farms of the Greek wetlands) and Georgia (Horizon, a tragi-comical drama on loss) join the list of feature-film projects.

Feature film

Battle
Director Katarina Launing
Screenplay Maja Lunde
Producer Pål Röd
Funding recipient Zentropa Sweden AB*
Target group Youth
Film type Feature
Genre Drama
Technique Live action
Film commissioner Yaba Holst
Funding granted 1 100 000 SEK
Production company's presentation Captivating music and emotionally-charged dancing characterise Battle, which wrestles with notions of identity, social exclusion, ambition, pride and prejudice, while raging with emotional conflicts, adolescent hormones, hopes and dreams.

*Swedish co-production. Main producer: Friland Produksjon, Pål Röd, Norway

Border (Gräns)
Director Ali Abbasi
Screenplay Isabella Eklöf, Ali Abbasi, John Ajvide Lindqvist
Producers Nina Bisgaard, Piodor Gustafsson, Petra Jönsson, 
Funding recipient Meta Spark & Kärnfilm AB
Target group Adults
Film type Feature
Genre Drama
Technique Live action
Film commissioner Yaba Holst
Funding granted 9 000 000 SEK
Production company's presentation A mysterious traveller awakens something deep within customs officer Tina. This inspires a journey which throws Tina’s entire existence up in the air, eventually revealing the true her.

Horizon
Director Tinatin Kajrishvili
Screenplay Tinatin Kajrishvili
Producer David Herdies
Funding recipient Momento Film AB*
Target group Adults
Film type Feature
Genre Drama
Technique Live action
Film commissioner Yaba Holst
Funding granted 500 000 SEK
Production company's presentation Once Georgi learns of his wife’s desire to leave him, he escapes to a solitary island. She follows him to reach some sort of conclusion, yet troubled by his existence, finds it difficult to abandon him. Horizon is a tragi-comical, intimate drama on the concept of handling loss.

*Swedish co-production. Main producer: Lasha Khalvashi, Tinatin Kajrishvili; Georgia

The Miracle of the Saragasso Sea @Homemade Films

The Miracle of the Sargasso Sea
Director Syllas Tzoumerkas
Screenplay Youla Bodali, Syllas Tzoumerkas
Producer Olle Wirenhed
Funding recipient Drago Films AB*
Target group Adults
Film type Feature
Genre Drama
Technique Live action
Film commissioner Yaba Holst
Funding granted 700 000 SEK
Production company's presentation Two women, a law enforcer and an eel hatchery worker, discover a striking similarity between them: in a senseless, bland world, neither wants to abide by the law.

*Swedish co-production. Main producer: Homade Films, Maria Dandraki; Greece

Superswede. Photo: Lennart Jonasson

Superswede
Director Henrik Jansson Schweizer
Screenplay Morgan Jensen
Producer Mia Sohlman
Funding recipient Nice Drama AB
Target group Adults
Film type Documentary
Technique Mixed
Film commissioner Juan Pablo Libossart
Funding granted 500 000 SEK
Production company's presentation A film on Swedish racing legend Ronnie Peterson, whose life ended abruptly in a violent crash on the Monza circuit in 1978, shocking an entire world. Alongside Ronnie’s daughter, Nina Kennedy, and several renowned figures from the racing world, Superswede transports the public on an epic journey back to a time when racing was known for its glamour, daring, heroics, big business and power that over the course of a decade contributed to the death of more than 12 drivers.

Swoon (Eld och lågor)
Directors Måns Mårlind, Björn Stein
Screenplay Måns Mårlind
Producer Kristina Åberg
Funding recipient Atmo Rights AB
Target group Adults
Film type Feature
Genre Drama
Technique Live action
Film commissioner Calle Marthin
Funding granted 10 000 000 SEK
Production company's presentation John and Ninni – both heirs of their own amusement park – fall in love amidst the whirling world they both inhabit. A forbidden love, a war between two families, puts their love and loyalty to the test. A sensational story based on the history of Gröna Lund, an actual amusement park in Stockholm

Short film

The Bear. Photo: Johannes Stjärne Nilsson

The Bear
Director Johannes Stjärne Nilsson
Screenplay Johannes Stjärne Nilsson
Producers Johannes Stjärne Nilsson, Katja Brigge
Funding recipient Kostr-Film AB
Target group Adults
Film type Feature
Genre Drama
Technique Live action
Film commissioner Andreas Fock
Funding granted 450 000 SEK
Production company's presentation One day, a woman in the midst of her career becomes fed up with being human. She purchases a bear costume and moves out to the wilderness. However, once civilization catches up with her, she is forced to choose the world to which she belongs. A film on the longing to be someone – or something – else.

The False King of Pikes. Photo: Patrick Eriksson

The False King of Pikes (Den falske gäddkungen)
Director Patrik Eriksson
Screenplay Patrik Eriksson
Producer Olle Wirenhed
Funding recipient Drago Films AB
Target group Adults
Film type Feature
Genre Drama
Technique Live action
Film commissioner Andreas Fock
Funding granted 450 000 SEK
Production company's presentation A gothic horror story of two men who head out to fish in forbidden waters. A strange figure with a hidden agenda is shadowing them. Something bites, and the young man refuses to let go as their boat whirls towards its destruction.

Fort McMurray. Photo: Altofilm

Fort McMurray
Director Michel Wenzer
Screenplay Michel Wenzer
Producer Alberto Herskovits
Funding recipient Altofilm AB
Target group Family
Film type Documentary
Technique Mixed
Film commissioner Andreas Fock
Funding granted 410 000 SEK
Production company's presentation A visual, speechless sound installation, this film takes place on the oil sands in Fort McMurray, Canada, during the 2016 forest fire. A desolate landscape, man-made lakes, dense clouds of smoke rumbling across the sky. A visual journey across mankind’s exploitation of nature, all in the hunt for oil.

Infektionen (English title tba)*
Director Patrik Eklund
Screenplay Patrik Eklund
Producer Mathias Fjellström
Funding recipient Salmonfox
Target group Adults
Film type Feature
Genre Drama
Technique Live action
Film commissioner Andreas Fock
Funding granted 500 000 SEK
Production company's presentation Over the years, those small sticking points pervading Krister and Kristina Carnemos’s marriage have filled them both with their doubts over a collective future. Directed by Oscar-nominated Patrik Eklund, Infektionen is a dark comedy inspired by Ingmar Bergman’s Scenes from a Marriage.

*Bergman Revisited

Kevlar. Photo: Lisabi Fridell

Kevlar (English title tba)
Director Tuna Özer
Screenplay Tuna Özer
Producers Tuna Özer, Siri Hjorton Wagner
Funding recipient (sic) film AB
Target group Youth
Film type Feature
Genre Drama
Technique Live action
Film commissioner Erika Wasserman
Funding granted 400 000 SEK
Production company's presentation Camilo borrows his friend’s jacket in an attempt to pick up Stockholm city girl Amina. They immediately click, and she invites him to join her at a housewarming party right then. At the party, Camilo is introduced to a world he previously knew little about. He encounters prejudice and is exoticized by the others once he realises the borrowed jacket is missing. In the hunt for the jacket, he is further isolated from the party-goers and Amina. Kevlar deals with the longing to be able to define oneself.

Min värld i din (English title tba)
Director Jenifer Malmqvist
Screenplay Figge Heurlin, Jenifer Malmqvist
Producer Sofie Palage
Funding recipient FilmLance International Aktiebolag
Target group Adults
Film type Feature
Genre Drama
Technique Live action
Film commissioner Helen Ahlsson
Funding granted 1 026 000 SEK
Production company's presentation Shams and Stella are smitten with one another, and a relationship begins to develop. However, Shams has yet to tell Stella that she is an undocumented asylum-seeker.

Stay-Ups. Photo: Joanna Rytel

Stay-Ups
Director Joanna Rytel
Screenplay Joanna Rytel
Producer Joanna Rytel
Funding recipient Firma Joanna Rytel
Target group Adults
Film type Documentary
Technique Mixed
Film commissioner Antonio Russo Merenda
Funding granted 380 000 SEK
Production company's presentation A woman in her 40s is getting ready for a date, while instructing her child to stay out of her way.

Säsong (English title tba)
Director John Skoog
Screenplay John Skoog, Anna Karisinska
Producers Erik Hemmendorff, John Skoog
Funding recipient Plattform Produktion AB (Gbg)
Target group Adults
Film type Feature
Genre Drama
Technique Live action
Film commissioner Helen Ahlsson
Funding granted 2 052 000 SEK

Tweener (Brottas)
Director Julia Thelin
Screenplay Julia Thelin
Producers Eliza Jones, Markus Waltå
Funding recipient Grand Slam Filmproduktion AB
Target group Youth
Film type Feature
Genre Drama
Technique Live action
Film commissioner Helen Ahlsson
Funding granted 1 026 000 SEK
Production company's presentation Jaana and Bettan are 13 years old. The best of friends, they share an interest in wrestling. Jaana’s goal is for them to compete in the advanced group, and they are well on their way. But then Umut arrives on the scene and everything changes. As Umut is a boy, Bettan begins behaving differently, and Jaana is forced to mock her friend’s new motives to preserve their friendship. Brottas is for anyone who has ever experienced such intense pent-up emotions which eventually push one over the edge. Here the emotions are released – on the wrestling mat.

Vox lipoma. Illustration: Liv Strömquist

Vox lipoma (Fettknölen)*
Director Jane Magnusson
Screenplay Liv Strömquist
Producer Cecilia Nessen
Funding recipient B-Reel Feature Films AB
Target group Adults
Film type Feature
Genre Comedy
Technique Animated
Film commissioner Andreas Fock
Funding granted 500 000 SEK
Production company's presentation In the 1960s, a lipoma – a fatty lump – appeared on Ingmar Bergman’s cheek. Once The Silence was released the lipoma disappeared, leaving behind a scar. In the 1990s the lipoma reappeared in the exact same spot, and was now black. What does it mean? Where did it go, and why did it return?

*Bergman Revisited

White Male 40. Illustration: Malin Erixon

White Male 40 (Vit man 40)
Director Malin Erixon
Screenplay Malin Erixon
Producers Malin Erixon, Mario Adamson
Funding recipient Sisyfos Film Production AB
Target group Adults
Film type Documentary
Technique Animated
Film commissioner Klara Grunning
Funding granted 600 000 SEK
Production company's presentation White men in their 40s contemplate life, and discuss how challenging it can be to recognise one’s privileged position. Satire and reality meet as sound clips are edited alongside fictional animated characters.

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