Eva Green and Alicia Vikander in Euphoria. Photo

Swedes in Toronto

Four Swedish features, two shorts and four co-productions will be screened at the Toronto International Film Festival, a festival which often offers a clue to potential Oscar contenders.

Oscar-winning Barry Jenin's Moonlight was nominated for the Toronto Platform Prize last year in the prestigious Platform section - the same section Lisa Langseth's Euphoria world premieres in this year. Euphoria is Lisa Langseth's first English-language film, and the third in which she directs Alicia Vikander in a leading role.The Platform section was introduced in 2015, and is the only competitive section at the festival featuring only 12 films. The Swedish co-production What Will People Say will compete in the same section.

Another world premiere at the festival is the one of Borg/McEnroe by Janus Metz, which has been granted the prestigious Opening slot at the festival. This is the first time a Swedish film has featured as the opening film in the festival’s 42-year history.

Jens Assur's feature-film debut, Ravens (Korparna), has been selected for Discovery, a section featuring the next generation of filmmakers. Ravens is based on Tomas Bannerhed's August Prize-winning novel The Ravens.

Ruben Östlund’s Palme d’Or winner The Square, which is also the Swedish Oscar's entry, will be screened in the Special Presentations section, a category for high-profile films with leading directors and actors. Also selected for the same section are the co-productions You Disappear (Du forsvinder) by Peter Schønau Fog as well as Thelma by Joachim Trier - Norway’s entry for the Oscar's.

Short films The Burden by Niki Lindroth von Bahr and Push It by Julia Thelin, are selected for the section Short Cuts.

The Swedish co-production The Wife by Björn Runge featuring Glenn Close, Jonathan Pryce och Christian Slater, will be screened in Gala Presentations.

Anna Serner invited to Toronto International Film Festival as a Mogul Speaker
For the third consecutive year, the Swedish Film Institute’s CEO Anna Serner has been invited to speak at the festival’s conference for the international film industry. This year, Serner will participate as a Mogul speaker – a series of conversations with some of the film world’s most powerful and influential individuals – including Cassian Elwes (Dallas Buyers Club, Blue Valentine). Serner will speak about the work being done to achieve gender equality in the Swedish film industry, and how these efforts affect gender equality in the global film industry. Read more here>>

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