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 films at Cannes Film Festival (July 6 – 17)
Quinzaine des Réalisateurs - Clara Sola
In a remote village in Costa Rica, Clara, a 40-year-old woman, takes off on a journey to break free from social and religious conventions and become the master of her sexuality and newfound powers.
Directed by Nathalie Álvarez Mesén
Produced by HOBAB/Nima Yousefi, with support from the Swedish Film Institute/Madeleine Ekman
Competition - Bergman Island (FR / BE / DE / SE)
A couple of American filmmakers, Chris (P.T. Anderson’s Phantom Thread superstar Vicky Krieps) and Tony (Tim Roth) retreat to the mythical Fårö island for the Summer. In this wild, breathtaking landscape where Bergman lived and shot his most celebrated pieces, they hope to find inspiration for their upcoming films. As days spent separately pass by, the fascination for the island operates on Chris and souvenirs of her first love resurface. Lines between reality and fiction will then progressively blur and tear our couple even more apart.
Directed by Mia Hansen-Løve
Swedish co-producer Plattform/Erik Hemmendorf, with support from the Swedish Film Institute
The Worst Person in the World (NO / FR / SE / DK)
Julie is turning thirty and her life is an existential mess. Several of her talents have gone to waste and her older boyfriend, Aksel - a successful graphic novelist - is pushing for them to settle down. One night she gatecrashes a party and meets the young and charming Eivind. Before long, she has broken up with Aksel and thrown herself into yet another new relationship, hoping for a new perspective on her life. However, she will soon come to realize that some life choices are already behind her.
Directed by Joachim Trier
Swedish co-producer BRF Film/Mattias Nohrborg, with support from the Swedish Film Institute
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Un Certain Regard -The Innocents (NO / SE / DK / FI / US)
The innocents follow four children who become friends during the summer holidays. Out of sight of the adults, they discover they have hidden powers. While exploring their newfound abilities in the nearby forests and playgrounds, their innocent play takes a dark turn and strange things begin to happen.
Directed by Eskil Vogt
Swedish co-producer Zentropa Sweden/Lizette Jonjic, with support from the Swedish Film Institute
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Lamb (IS / SE / PL)
Lamb is a supernatural drama about an Icelandic couple who live with their herd of sheep on a beautiful but remote farm. When they discover a mysterious newborn on their land, they decide to keep it and raise it as their own. This unexpected development, and the prospects of a new family, brings them much joy before ultimately destroying them.
Directed by Valdimar Jóhannsson
Swedish co-producer Black Spark Film & TV/Piodor Gustafsson, with support from the Swedish Film Institute
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Semaine de la Critique - Amparo (CO / SE / DE)
Colombia, during the nineties. War is plaguing the country on all fronts. Amparo, a single mother, attempts to save her son from the dangers of military warfare by facing the dark side of a society ruled by men, corruption and violence.
Directed by Simón Mesa Soto
Swedish co-producer Momento Film /David Herdies Michael Krotkiewski, with support from the Swedish Film Institute
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Quinzaine des Réalisateurs - A Chiara (IT / FR / SE)
The Guerrasio family and their friends gather to celebrate Claudio and Carmela’s oldest daughter’s 18th birthday. There is a healthy rivalry between the birthday girl and her 16-year-old sister Chiara, as they compete on the dancefloor. It is a happy occasion, and the close-knit family is in top form. However, everything changes the next day when Claudio disappears. Chiara starts to investigate; as she gets closer to the truth, she is forced to decide what kind of future she wants for herself.
Directed by Jonas Carpignano
Swedish co-producer Film i Väst
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Published 14 April 2021