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From Ravens. Photo: TriArt Film

Jens Assur’s Ravens selected for the Toronto International Film Festival

Jens Assur's feature-film debut, Ravens (Korparna), has been selected to be screened at one of the world's most reputed and prestigious film events – the Toronto International Film Festival. Ravens will be shown in Discovery, a section featuring the next generation of filmmakers. Ravens is based on Tomas Bannerhed's August Prize-winning novel The Ravens.

Four Swedish features, two shorts and four co-productions will be screened at the Toronto International Film Festival.

– How wonderful that Ravens can now spread it swings and soar out on an international tour. The film longs to reach its audience, and it will be incredibly exciting to grant Toronto’s devoted festival attendees the opportunity to enter the beautiful, brutal world of Ravens, expressed the film’s scriptwriter and director, Jens Assur.

Ravens is a drama set in 1970’s rural Sweden. The cast includes Reine Brynolfsson, Maria Heiskanen, Peter Dalle and Jacob Nordström.

The Discovery section at the Toronto International Film Festival features up-and-coming directors. Jens Assur has previously worked as a still photographer, and made his short film debut with award winning The Last Dog in Rwanda (2005). He then went on to write and direct short films Killing the Chickens to Scare the Monkeys (2011), A Society (2013) and Hot Nasty Teen (2014). He has been awarded for his short films at both the Tribeca Film Festival and Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival, amongst others. In 2012 Assur became the first Scandinavian to receive the Sundance/NHK International Filmmakers Award.

Ravens will be released in Swedish cinemas on 13 October and is distributed by TriArt Film. Produced by Jan Marnell, Tom Persson and Jens Assur for Film and Art Affairs, the film was granted funding from former Swedish Film Institute feature-film commissioner Magdalena Jangard. The international sales agent is Celluloid Dreams.

As previously announced, Janus Metz’s Borg/McEnroe will become the first-ever Swedish film to open the Toronto International Film Festival. Additional Swedish films screening at this year’s festival include Euphoria by Lisa Langseth in the Platform section, Ruben Östlund’s The Square in the Special Presentations section, as well as The Burden by Niki Lindroth von Bahr and Push It by Julia Thelin in the Short Cuts section.

A number of Swedish co-productions will also be screened at the festival, including The Wife by Björn Runge, Thelma by Joachim Trier, What Will People Say by Iram Haq and You Disappear by Peter Schønau Fog.