International Department
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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 Film at Berlinale (February 15–February 25)


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World Premiere in Panorama – Crossing 

Lia, a retired teacher, made a promise to find out what happened to her long lost niece Tekla. When Lia learns from Achi, a neighbour, that Tekla might be living in Turkey, they set off together to find her. In Istanbul they discover a beautiful city full of connections and possibilities - but looking for someone who never intended to be found is harder than they thought. Until they meet Evrim, a lawyer fighting for trans rights. As Lia and Achi weave their way through the city’s backstreets, Tekla starts to feel closer than ever. 

Directed by Levan Akin 
Produced by French Quarter / Mathilde Dedye, with support from the Swedish Film Institute. 
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© The Swedish Film Institute 

Berlinale Classics -
The Sacrifice

For this year’s edition of the Berlinale we highlight the world premiere of the new 4K restoration of The Sacrifice (1986) which has been selected for the Berlinale Classics.

Andrei Tarkovsky’s visionary final film unfolds in the hours before a nuclear holocaust. Erland Josephson, in an award-winning performance, plays retired actor Alexander who is celebrating his birthday with family and friends when a television announcement warns of an imminent nuclear catastrophe. Alexander makes a promise to God that he will sacrifice all he holds dear, if the disaster can be averted. Filmed on the Swedish island of Gotland, The Sacrifice was shot with a primarily Swedish team. Ingmar Bergman’s cinematographer Sven Nykvist was behind the camera, while the cast featured Erland Josephson, Susan Fleetwood and Allan Edwall, amongst others. The film was praised not only in Sweden but also by a wide international audience.


Swedish Co-productions 

©  Hamid Janipour 

World Premiere in Competition – My Favourite Cake (IR / FR / SE / DE)

Mahin (70) lives alone in Tehran since her husband’s death and her daughter’s departure for Europe, until an afternoon tea with friends leads her to break her solitary routine and revitalize her love life. But as Mahin opens herself up to new romance, what begins as an unexpected encounter quickly evolves into an unpredictable, unforgettable evening.

Directed by Maryam Moghaddam & Beetash Sanaeeha 
Swedish co-producer HOBAB / Peter Krupenin, with support from the Swedish Film Institute. 
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© Nikolaj Møller 

World Premiere in Competition - Sons ( DK / SE )

Eva, an idealistic prison officer, is faced with the dilemma of her life when a young man from her past gets transferred to the prison where she works. Without revealing her secret, Eva asks to be moved to the young man’s ward – the toughest and most violent in the prison. Here begins an unsettling psychological thriller, where Eva’s sense of justice puts both her morality and future at stake.

Directed by Gustav Möller
Swedish co-producer
Nordisk Film / Eva Åkergren, with support from the Swedish Film Institute.  
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World Premiere in Panorama - A Bit of a Stranger (UA / DE / SE)

Svitlana grew up in Mariupol during the USSR. Seeing how Russia is trying to return her city to the Soviet era, Svitlana explores the history of her family, which now includes four generations of women. Svitlana learns how the communist totalitarian regime destroyed human individuality and made people vulnerable to propaganda for future generations.

Directed by Svitlana Lishchynska
Swedish Co-producer Vilda Bomben / Fredrik Lange, with support from the Swedish Film Institute. 
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© Troels N'Koya-Jensen

World Premiere in Panorama - Afterwar (DK / XK / SE / FI)

The children transform into adults before our eyes. Yet they remain in limbo, haunted by memories of war. Combining raw realism and staged performance, Afterwar is a meditation on the long-term repercussions of war – a cinematic testament created over a period of 15 years.

Directed by Birgitte Stærmose 
Swedish co-producer Vilda Bomben / Fredrik Lange, with support from the Swedish Film Institute.