Swedish film enjoys an award winning 2017
Swedish productions have been given many reasons for celebration during 2017. A recap of the year's highlights include award winners Sami Blood, The Square, The Nile Hilton Incident, Ravens andshort films My Gay Sister and The Burden.
At this weekend's European Film Awards, Ruben Östlund's The Square enters the event carrying a – for a Swedish film – record breaking five out of six possible nominations, including Best Film, Best Director, Best Screenwriter and Best Actor as well as the European Production Designer Award which was given to Josefin Åberg in November for her work on the film.
Swedish film's 2017 highlights
Sundance Film Festival: Tarik Saleh's The Nile Hilton Incident starring Fares Fares was awarded the Sundance Film Festival World Cinema Grand Jury Prize: Dramatic. The film was released in France this summer making an impact at the box office with over 400 000 admissions sold.
Berlin International Film Festival: Lia Hietala's My Gay Sister was awarded the Teddy Award for Best Short Film at the Berlinale.
Academy Awards 2017: Swedish cinematographer Linus Sandgren won a well-deserved Oscar for his work on Damien Chazelle's La La Land, following the latest Swedish cinematographer to win the award: the legendary Sven Nykvist, who won in 1972 for Cries and Whispers.
Cannes Film Festival: Ruben Östlund's The Squarewon Cannes top award, the Palme d'Or.
Annecy International Film Festival: Niki Lindroth von Bahr’s animated post-apocalyptic musical The Burden won the Cristal Award for Best Short.
AMAA: Dani Kouyaté scooped up the award for Best Film by an African Living Abroad for his feature While We Live at Africa Movie Academy Awards.
Toronto International Film Festival: Janus Metz' Borg/McEnroe became the first ever Swedish film to open the Toronto International Film Festival, as a Gala Presentation selection. The Toronto selection also included Swedish productions Ravensdirected by Jens Assur and Euphoria directed by Lisa Langseth, starring Alicia Vikander, Eva Green and Charlotte Rampling. Niki Lindroth von Bahr's The Burden won the Short Cuts section award.
San Sebastian Film Festival: The Square opened the prestigious section Zabaltegi-Tabakalera and Ravens and Borg/McEnroe had their European premiere at theSan Sebastian Film Festival.
Zürich Film Festival: Up in the Sky by Petter Lennstrand was awarded by the Kids Jury for Best Children’s Film.
Nordic Film Days Lübeck: Beyond Dreams by Rojda Sekersöz opened the Nordic Film Days Lübeck where Up in the Sky also received Best Children’s & Youth Film Prize. Room 213 by Emelie Lindblom and A Bastard Child by Knutte Wester received an honourable mention in Lübeck.
Thessaloniki International Film Festival: Ravens was selected to compete at the Thessaloniki Film Festival where it scored the Golden Alexander Award.
The LUX Prize: Amanda Kernell's acclaimedSami Blood was the first Swedish feature to be awarded the Lux Prize, voted by the members of the European Parliament.
IDFA: Two documentaries received Special Jury Awards, The Deminer by Hogir Hirori and Shinwar Kamal, and As We’re Told by Erik Holmström and Fredrik Wenzel.
NAACP Image Awards 2018: Highly acclaimed I Called Him Morgan by Kasper Collin is nominated in the Outstanding Documentary category for the NAACP Image Awards. It was also nominated as best music documentary in the Critic's Choice Awards 2017. The film is so far on the NY Times, LA Times and Esquire's list of Best Movies 2017, and the 8th best reviewed film of the year according to Metacritc.
Academy Awards 2018: Axel Danielson and Maximilien Van Aertryck's Ten Meter Tower, produced by Erik Hemmendorff at Plattform Produktion, was recently shortlisted for the Best Documentary (Short Subject) category. Plattform Produktion and Ruben Östlund's The Square is currently Sweden’s entry for the Best Foreign Language Film nominations.
2017 was a year when we saw both the big #metoo-movement and a film industry that globally followed Sweden toward gender equality in the context of the Swedish Film Institute’s "50/50 by 2020" campaign.
– My firm belief is that the success of Swedish film comes from its overall high quality and diversity, allowing peaks to come forward. It is also my firm belief that this quality and diversity is a result of our long-standing work in support of gender equality. I’m so happy that our work has been internationally recognized through my invitation as a mogul speaker in Toronto and as a speaker in Sydney and Mexico City. Plus the fact that Telefilm Canada and other countries have joined us in the goal of 50/50by2020, says the CEO of the Swedish Film Institute Anna Serner.
Tributes to celebrate Ingmar Bergman's 100th anniversary will take place throughout 2018 internationally. Earlier this autumn the European Film Academy announced Hovs Hallar, the location for the chess game between Death and Antonius Block in Ingmar Bergman's The Seventh Seal, as one of the Treasures of European Film Culture, alongside the Vienna Giant Ferris Wheel from The Third Man and the Potemkin stairs in Odessa.
Published 08 December 2017