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Sketch from Roy Andersson’s About Endlessness (Om det oändliga). Photo: Studio 24

Roy Andersson, Helena Bergström and form experiment on norms

The latest projects to be awarded production funding from the Swedish Film Institute include new films by Roy Andersson and Helena Bergström, and new initiatives in groundbreaking short film.

Roy Andersson wants to remind us how fragile and beautiful our existence is in About Endlessness (Om det oändliga). This is Andersson’s continuation of Songs From the Second Floor (Sånger från andra våningen, 2000), You, the Living (Du levande, 2007) and the 2014 Venice winner A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence (En duva satt på en gren och funderade på tillvaron).

Helena Bergström, who in 2015 made the Swedish film that sold the most tickets at cinemas in Sweden, A Holy Mess (En underbar jävla jul), writes and directs Vilken Cirkus (English title TBA), in which the mournful Hugo falls into a circus on its last legs – and magic happens.

Abbe Hassan and Ivica Zubak (A Hustler’s Diary /Måste gitt, in competition in Rotterdam) make The Gold Chain (Guldkedjan), directed by Hassan and produced by Zubak, about six-year-old Adam in a bombed-out Syria. He finds a gold chain which he believes will get him some food and water, but no one believes him and suddenly others are claiming the chain is theirs.

The short film Nikita Forever by Nikita Rissanen and Victor Lindgren (currently in competition with The Comet / Kometen in Berlin and having previously won awards at several international LGBT festivals for Undress Me), is about young Niki, who takes a home-made samurai costume to chase butterflies and prepare for the catwalk. An experimental drama about becoming a person in a world of norms and prejudices. The film is part of the Moving Sweden initiative, which has previously produced the action-comedy success Kung Fury and the double Guldbagge Award winner My Aunt in Sarajevo (Min faster i Sarajevo), among others.

Feature films

Sketch from About Endlessness (Om det oändliga). Photo: Studio 24

About Endlessness (Om det oändliga)
Director Roy Andersson
Screenplay Roy Andersson
Producer Pernilla Sandström
Funding recipient Roy Andersson Filmproduktion AB
Target group Adult
Film type Feature
Genre Drama
Technique Live action
Film commissioner Baker Karim
Funding granted 12 000 000 SEK
Production company's presentation Like an abundance of life, this film reminds us how fragile and beautiful our existence is. And with that in mind, we are reminded to safeguard this infinite treasure and pass it on.

After Inez (Efter Inez) Photo: Ellinor Hallin, copyright Karin Ekberg AB

After Inez (Efter Inez)
Director Karin Ekberg
Screenplay Karin Ekberg
Producer Karin Ekberg, Klara Björk
Funding recipient Karin Ekberg AB
Target group Adult
Film type Documentary
Technique Live action
Film commissioner Klara Grunning
Funding granted 1 350 000 SEK
Production company's presentation Denize and Filip have everything ready: cot, pram, baby clothes, even the car seat is fitted. Their baby could arrive at any moment. But during a final routine check, the midwife suddenly freezes. There is no longer a heartbeat. Inez's heart has stopped beating.

Barndom (English title tba)
Director Margreth Olin
Screenplay Margreth Olin
Producer Lars Jönsson
Funding recipient Memfis Film
Target group  Adult
Film type Documentary
Technique Live action
Film commissioner Cecilia Lidin
Funding granted 200 000 SEK
Production company's presentation A 90-minute cinema film on the importance of play in childhood. We follow children from 1 to 7 years in a nursery where children are allowed to be children. A film that comes about based on the children’s premisses, their everyday lives, their play and their presence. A close, intimate film that is also provocative by highlighting another perspective on what the children of today really need, rather than what the prevalent norm is.

The Great Game. Photo: Andreas Dalsgaard

The Great Game
Director Andreas Dalsgaard
Screenplay Michael Haslund, Andreas Dalsgaard
Producer Stina Gardell
Funding recipient Mantaray Film AB*
Target group Adult
Film type Documentary
Technique Live action
Film commissioner Klara Grunning
Funding granted 435 000 SEK
Production company's presentation With his father, Michael looks for the truth about his paternal grandfather Henning Haslund, who was an explorer, arms smuggler and spy in the great international expedition to north-western China at the turn of the last century.

* Swedish coproducer. Main producer: Haslund Film ApS, Michael Haslund, Denmark

Lucky. Photo: Margaux Guillemard

Lucky
Director Mia Engberg
Screenplay Mia Engberg
Producer Tobias Janson
Funding recipient Story AB
Target group Adult
Film type Feature
Genre Drama
Technique Live action
Film commissioner Magdalena Jangaard
Funding granted 6 000 000 SEK
Production company's presentation Ageing gangster Vincent works long nights and dreams of another life. When he is unexpectedly given responsibility for his teenage daughter Grace, his life starts to change. The film is set in Paris and a secret location close to you.

Shapeshifters. Photo: Iga Mikler

Shapeshifters
Director Sophie Vukovic
Screenplay Sophie Vukovic
Producers Tobias Jansson, Göran Olsson
Funding recipient Story AB
Target group Adult
Film type Documentary
Technique Mixed
Film commissioner Antonio Russo Merenda
Funding granted 1 700 000 SEK
Production company's presentation A meeting with an old friend stirs up memories from childhood and migration. From the former Yugoslavia via Australia to Sweden, we follow Sophie Vukovic in a personal exploration of what it means to belong in a globalised world. About friendship, longing and belonging beyond national borders.

Son of the Sun (Solens son). Photo: Jaakku Julkunen

Son of the Sun (Solens son)
Director Gunilla Bresky
Screenplay Gunilla Bresky
Producer Anna Björk
Funding recipient Giraff Film AB
Target group Adult
Film type Documentary
Technique Live action
Film commissioner Antonio Russo Merenda
Funding granted 900 000 SEK
Production company's presentation Multi-artist Nils-Aslak Valkeapää - a major figure in Sami culture. His modernisation of joik song, long hidden, came to make him well-known even beyond Sápmi. A finely tuned personal portrait that personifies the struggle and rediscovered pride of the Sami culture.

To See the Revolution. Copyright Abounaddara Films.

To See the Revolution
Director Maya Khoury
Screenplay Maya Khoury
Producer Marta Dauliute
Funding recipient Noncitizen Kollektiv**
Target group Adult
Film type Documentary
Technique Live action
Film commissioner Antonio Russo Merenda
Funding granted 500 000 SEK
Production company's presentation A woman wants to see the transformative Syrian revolution, beyond the media images. She follows a group of young revolutionaries who work for democracy with the help of language, cameras and weapons. She films from 2011 to 2016 to try to see the revolution that's taking hold and transforming human bodies, to the point where they exceed political, religious or ethnic differences.

** Swedish coproducer. Main producer: Abounaddara Collective, Syria

Untitled Caroline Troedson
Director Caroline Troedson
Screenplay Caroline Troedson
Producer Ove Rishöj Jensen
Funding recipient Auto Images AB
Target group Adult
Film type Documentary
Technique Live action
Film commissioner Klara Grunning
Funding granted 1 210 000 SEK

Vilken Cirkus (English title tba)
Director Helena Bergström
Screenplay Helena Bergström
Producers Colin Nutley, Mikael Bergkvist
Funding recipient Sweetwater Production AB
Target group Adult
Film type Feature
Genre Drama
Technique Live action
Film commissioner Calle Marthin
Funding granted 6 500 000 SEK
Production company's presentation Hugo lost his first love one year ago. Suddenly something completely unpredictable happens: he literally falls into a circus that's on its last legs.

Director Iram Haq instructs lead actress Maria Estanegzai in What Will People Say.

What Will People Say
Director Iram Haq
Screenplay Iram Haq
Producer Lizette Jonjic
Funding recipient Zentropa Sweden AB***
Target group Youth
Film type Feature
Genre Drama
Technique Live action
Film commissioner Yaba Holst
Funding granted 700 000 SEK
Production company's presentation Nisha, 15, leads a double life. At home she follows Pakistani traditions and values, but outside of the home she lives like any other Norwegian teenager. One day Nisha's worlds collide when her father finds her in bed with her boyfriend. In a fit of shame and rage, she is kidnapped by her parents and sent back to Pakistan.

*** Swedish coproducer. Main producer: Mer Film AS, Maria Ekerhovd, Norway

Short film

Argue (Svararå)
Director Isabelle Kågström
Screenplay Isabelle Kågström, Adam Selgeryd
Producer Malin Söderlund
Funding recipient Anagram Väst AB
Target group Adult
Film type Feature
Genre Musical
Technique Live action
Film commissioner Andreas Fock
Funding granted 400 000 SEK
Production company's presentation We’ve all sung along with the car stereo. Perhaps because we simply felt like it, but in this short film we do so out of pure frustration. We follow three different conflicts, all founded on communication difficulties. Misunderstandings, dishonesty and over-analysis are the film’s leitmotifs, in symbiosis with orchestral music.

Bloody Mary (Lingonnatten)
Director Erica Elfström
Screenplay Lars Malmqvist Klintwall
Producer Erica Elfström
Funding recipient Filmkollektivet RåFILM 
Target group Adult
Film type Feature
Genre Comedy
Technique Live Action
Film commissioner Andreas Fock
Funding granted 350 000 SEK
Production company's presentation One-night stand. How should a woman be? Clean and fresh. How should a man be? Always horny. Maria is finally about to score with rock star Julian, but their ideas about who they should be causes problems and they both have bad luck with timing.

Charlie
Directors Erik Andersson, Frida Kempff
Screenplay Frida Kempff
Producer Erik Andersson
Funding recipient Koaki Film AB
Target group Adult
Film type Feature
Genre Drama
Technique Live action
Film commissioner Andreas Fock
Funding granted 300 000 SEK
Production company's presentation As Charlie and her single father gather the last dead sheep after the nightly wolf attack, she takes the law into her own hands so as not to lose everything.

Elsa and the Night (Sigrid och natten). Photo: Jöns Mellgren, Hob AB

Elsa and the Night (Sigrid och natten)
Director Jöns Mellgren
Screenplay Hans-Åke Gabrielsson
Producer Nima Yousefi
Funding recipient Hob AB
Target group Children
Film type Feature
Genre Drama
Technique Animation
Film commissioner Andreas Fock
Funding granted 550 000 SEK
Production company's presentation Elsa hasn’t slept a wink in 30 years. One early morning, Night comes to visit. “You’re not allowed to be here,” says Elsa and puts it in a biscuit tin. Fourteen hours later, it is still daytime. Owls and bats flap drowsily around, and people on the streets yawn and rub their eyes. Elsa takes Night out again and starts talking about her life.

Garden of Eden (Edens lustgård). Illustration: Malin Erixon, Ganzanderes Animation

Garden of Eden (Edens lustgård)
Director Malin Erixon
Screenplay Malin Erixon
Producer Malin Erixon
Funding recipient Ganzanderes Animation
Target group Adult
Film type Feature
Genre Drama
Technique Animated
Film commissioner Andreas Fock
Funding granted 450 000 SEK
Production company's presentation Eden wants love, sex and play, but his/her two spouses just keep arguing. To escape, Eden turns to fantasy in a pair of home-made binoculars, which turn out to be magic.

Storyboard from The Gold Chain (Guldkedjan). Storyboard: Paco Garcia, Indian Summer Film

The Gold Chain (Guldkedjan)
Director Abbe Hassan
Screenplay Ivica Zubak, Abbe Hassan
Producer Ivica Zubak
Funding recipient Indian Summer Films AB
Target group Family
Film type Feature
Genre Drama
Technique Live Action
Film commissioner Andreas Fock
Funding granted 450 000 SEK
Production company's presentation Adam, 6, lives in a bombed-out Syria. He lives in a bomb shelter with his sister, mother and neighbours. Food and water are in short supply. One day he goes out to play and finds a gold chain. He hopes it will be enough to get some food and water. Back in the shelter no one believes him; you don’t find gold in a war zone, no one has that kind of luck. The atmosphere changes, suddenly others start claiming the chain is theirs.

Handjur (English title tba). Photo: Iga Mikler

Handjur (English title tba)
Directors Sandra Isacsson, Stina Persson Helleday
Screenplay Sandra Isacsson, Stina Persson Helleday
Producers Saga Löfgren, Sandra Isacsson, Stina Persson  Helleday
Funding recipient Social Club Stockholm Film AB
Target group Adult
Film type Feature
Genre Drama
Technique Live action
Film commissioner Andreas Fock
Funding granted 100 000 SEK
Production company's presentation Anton is in the emergency department at a hospital. He tells the nurse he's saved a girl from being raped in a park. The nurse praises him for his bravery. When the doctor arrives, she takes neither Anton nor his story seriously

Juliet, Juliet and Juliet, featuring Giovanni Bucchieri, Ana Laguna and Stina Ekblad. Photo: Kristoffer Jönsson

Juliet, Juliet and Juliet
Director Giovanni Bucchieri
Screenplay Giovanni Bucchieri
Producer Isabella Rodriguez
Funding recipient French Quarter Film AB
Target group Adult
Film type Feature
Genre Music/Dance
Technique Live action
Film commissioner Andreas Fock
Funding granted 300 000 SEK
Production company's presentation Dance legend Ana Laguna and acting legend Stina Ekblad in an expressive story about three people who meet on a train and set out on an impromptu adventure together. Juliet, Juliet and Juliet is the directorial debut of choreographer and dancer Giovanni Bucchieri.

Last Breath (Till sista andetaget). Photo: Anders Bohman

Last Breath (Till sista andetaget)
Director Gunnar Bergdahl
Screenplay Gunnar Bergdahl
Producer Fredrik Lange
Funding recipient Vilda Bomben Film AB
Target group Adult
Film type Feature
Genre Drama
Technique Live action
Film commissioner Andreas Fock
Funding granted 160 000 SEK
Production company's presentation What does death look like? And why is it made so invisible in today's society? In a reconstruction of my father's death, this film aims to capture the feeling of existential depth that an inexorably looming end conjures up. It is the realisation of death that makes us humans and defines the value of life.

Limitless (Gränslöst med Faster Ruth och Levinas). Photo: Sonja Bergman Dinter

Limitless (Gränslöst med Faster Ruth och Levinas)
Director Richard Dinter
Screenplay Richard Dinter
Producer Richard Dinter
Funding recipient Zvonko Production AB
Target group Adult
Film type Feature
Genre Experiment
Technique Mixed
Konsulent Andreas Fock
Funding granted 175 000 SEK
Production company's presentation A film that, from a very personal perspective, examine concepts such as boundaries and boundaryless. What is it that makes us let a person into our lives who shouldn’t be there? What really is integrity?

The Martyr (Martyren)
Director Ahmed Abdullahi
Screenplay Marioan Hosseini
Producer Veronica Öhnedal
Funding recipient Bob Film Sweden AB
Target group Adult
Film type Feature
Genre Drama
Technique Live action
Film commissioner Helen Ahlsson
Funding granted 1 026 000 SEK
Production company's presentation Asia lives in a suburb of Stockholm with her two children, Omar and Sara. Sara, the youngest, is trying to live a normal teenage life, while Omar has been in trouble with the law. Just as Asia finally feels he's on the right track, she begins to suspect that he may have been radicalised. In despair, she tries to find out what's going on in his life and looks for help.

Nature as Model (working title / Naturen som förebild). Photo: Claes Andrén

Nature as Model (working title / Naturen som förebild)
Director Claes Andrén
Screenplay Claes Andrén
Producer Claes Andrén
Funding recipient Nature Artbevarande & Foto AB
Target group Family
Film type Documentary
Technique Mixed
Film commissioner Antonio Russo Merenda
Funding granted 300 000 SEK
Production company's presentation This film aims to arouse interest and awareness about how important a rich nature with a great diversity of flora and fauna is to us humans. It aims to show how we copy solutions that Mother Nature herself has developed, and how we use these solutions in our everyday lives, as medicines, technology and design. The film also shows nature as an experience, as recreation, as a mystery and as beauty.

Nikita Forever. Photo: Bautafilm AB

Nikita Forever
Directors Nikita Rissanen, Victor Lindgren
Screenplay Nikita Rissanen, Victor Lindgren
Producer Therese Högberg
Funding recipient Bautafilm AB
Target group Youth
Film type Feature
Genre Drama
Technique Live action
Film commissioner Helen Ahlsson
Funding granted 1 539 000 SEK
Production company's presentation Niki is a child who chases butterflies through a chaotic landscape in a home-made samurai costume, and attempts to prepare for a catwalk. Niki is on a journey to find meaning, to understand a crazy world that does everything it can to get rid of anyone who doesn't fit in - an inner journey to become a human being.

Picture World (Förebilder). Photo: Josua Enblom

Picture World (Förebilder)
Director Elin Övergaard
Screenplay Elin Övergaard
Producer Elin Övergaard
Funding recipient Elin Övergaard
Target group Adult
Film type Feature
Genre Drama
Technique Live action
Film commissioner Andreas Fock
Funding granted 175 000 SEK
Production company's presentation A modelling agent tries to do a good deed during a fashion shoot.

Spirit of the Reindeer (Renarnas rådare). Photo: Björnola Lind

Spirit of the Reindeer (Renarnas rådare)
Director Björnola Lind
Screenplay Björnola Lind, Torkel Lundberg
Producer Björnola Lind 
Funding recipient Björnola Lind 
Target group Family
Film type Documentary
Technique Live Action
Film commissioner Antonio Russo Merenda
Funding granted 400 000 SEK
Production company's presentation The third and final part of a trilogy based on Arctic creation myths. The film is a multifaceted tissue weave of myths and traditions reflected in the symbiosis between reindeer, human and landscape.

The Sea of Ganymede (Ganymedes sjö). Photo: Lena Bergendahl and Jennifer Rainsford

The Sea of Ganymede (Ganymedes sjö)
Directors Lena Bergendahl, Jennifer Rainsford
Screenplay Lena Bergendahl, Jennifer Rainsford
Producer Anna-Maria Kantarius
Funding recipient Garagefilm
Target group Adult
Film type Feature
Genre Drama
Technique Live Action
Film commissioner Helen Ahlsson
Funding granted 1 026 0000 SEK
Production company's presentation A kitchen-sink realistic sci-fi film set in 2156 on the Jupiter moon of Ganymede. Tariq and his son Lailuma have just landed and are waiting for Sanaz, who has been left on Earth. One day they see an explosion in the sky and radio contact with Earth is lost.

Stranded
Director Viktor Johansson
Screenplay Viktor Johansson, Lovisa Justusson Lahti, Arman Cho
Producers Viktor Johansson, Linus Andersson
Funding recipient Lampray AB
Target group Youth
Film type Feature
Genre Drama
Technique Live action
Film commissioner Andreas Fock
Funding granted 200 000 SEK
Production company's presentation Tariq is waiting to be deported from Sweden, but with the help of Nathalie and her off-road motorbike he sets off for a mysterious island in the Bay of Bothnia, an island for refugees.

Vi bara lyder (English title tba). Photo: Fredrik Wenzel

Vi bara lyder (English title tba)
Directors Erik Holmström, Fredrik Wenzel
Screenplay Erik Holmström
Producer Hedvig Lundgren
Funding recipient Fasad AB
Target group Adult
Film type Documentary
Technique Live action
Film commissioner Antonio Russo Merenda
Funding granted 500 000 SEK
Production company's presentation A documentary about Sweden's least-loved government agency, Arbetsförmedlingen or the Swedish Employment Service. What's it actually like there? What do they do there? We meet managers, psychologists, jobseekers and the people who help them find work - all played by dolls in a cardboard world.

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