International Department
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The Girl with the Needle by Magnus von Horn © Łukasz Bąk

Swedish films at festivals

Swedish films are travelling the world on festivals and markets. Here you find the latest news on where and when. Enjoy!

Swedish Co-Productions in Cannes (May 14–May 25)

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World Premiere in Competition – The Girl with the Needle (DK, PO, SE)

Karoline a young factory worker, finds herself abandoned and pregnant while striving to climb out of poverty in post WW1 Copenhagen. Amidst her struggles, she meets Dagmar a charismatic woman running a secret adoption agency within a candy store, helping poor mothers find foster homes for their unwanted children. A strong connection is formed between the two women, but Karoline’s world shatters as she stumbles upon the dreadful revelation of the nightmarish fate she unknowingly embraces.

Directed by Magnus von Horn
Swedish Co-producer Madeleine Ekman / Nordisk Film Sverige, Film i Väst, with support from the Swedish Film Institute
Sales The Match Factory 


World Premiere in Competition – The Apprentice (CA, IR, DK, SE)

A dive into the underbelly of the American empire. It charts a young Donald Trump’s ascent to power through a Faustian deal with the influential right-wing lawyer and political fixer Roy Cohn.

Directed by Ali Abbasi
Swedish Co-producer Hobab / Nima Yousefi, Film i Väst
Sales Rocket Science

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World Premiere in Un Certain Regard – Armand (NO, SE, NL, DE)

During one fatal afternoon in an empty elementary school the two mothers of Armand (6) and Jon (6) get into a desperate fight to be believed when one son is accused of crossing boundaries against the other. All means are used, and soon a blend of madness, desire and obsession arises. Where the truth lies is impossible to know, and soon everything evolves less and less around the children, who we never meet, and more about the adults.

Directed by Halfdan Ullmann Tøndell
Swedish Co-producer Prolaps Produktion / Alicia Hansen, Stina Eriksson, Film i Väst, with support from the Swedish Film Institute
Sales Charades 


World Premiere in Semaine de la Critique - Julie Keeps Quiet (BE, SE)

As the star player at an elite tennis academy, Julie’s life revolves around the game she loves. When her coach falls under investigation and is suddenly suspended, all of the club's players are encouraged to speak up. But Julie decides to keep quiet…

Directed by Leonardo van Dijl
Swedish Co-producer Hobab / Nima Yousefi, Film i Väst. 
Sales New Europe Film Sales 


World Premiere in Quinzaine des Cinéastes  - Sister Midnight (BG, IN, SE)   

The black comedy Sister Midnight follows the journey of a small-town misfit (Radhika Apte) in a newly arranged marriage who attempts to navigate an awkward spouse, nosy neighbours and her own feral impulses.

Directed by Karan Kandhari
Swedish Co-producer Filmgate / Sean Wheelan, Film i Väst

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World Premiere in Immersive Competition – TELOS I (CA, SE, DK)

In this fictional work an artificial intelligence created to assist humanity finds itself in an unknown void after the extinction of humankind. Lost in its unlimited capacity to store, process and conceive data, the AI looks to its absent creators in the search of a new purpose. A call into form becomes apparent; a need to reach beyond its digital existence becomes a necessity.

Created by Dorotea Saykaly, Emil Dam Seidel.
With support from the Swedish Arts Council, Swedish Arts Grants Committee, the City of Gothenburg, Culture and the Nordic Culture Fund