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Two short films in Cannes

Nyheter om svensk film, International Department

Fight on a Swedish Beach by Simon Vahlne and Madre by Simón Mesa Soto compete in the Official Selection in the short film section at the Cannes Film Festival. Also, Finnish-Swedish The Happiest Day of the Life of Olli Mäki is selected for Un certain regard.

Fight on a Swedish Beach by Simon Vahlne is a reconstruction of a brawl on a Swedish beach, which begun in a highly questionable, but very accurate, imitation of Adolf Hitler. The film is produced by Ellen Hallin and Axel Danielson for Plattform Produktion with funding from the Swedish Filminstitute's short film commissioner Andreas Fock.

Simon Vahlne trained at Academy Valand and has also made the short films A Picture in the Head and I am an Island.

Swedish-Colombian Madre tells the story of 16-year old Andrea who leaves a poor neighbourhood in Colombian Medellin to take part in the casting for a porno movie. The film is part of the international project Break the Silence about the sexual abuse of children. David Herdies has produced the film for Momento Film.

Simón Mesa Soto is born in Colombia but now lives in London where he trained at London Film School. He is currently working on the script for his first feature film. Two years ago his short film Leidi recieved the Palm d'Or at Cannes.

Finnish-Swedish feature film The Happiest Day of the Life of Olli Mäki is selected for Un certain regard. Co-produced by Swedish companies Tre Vänner and Film Väst.
In addition, Madeleine Ekman at Zentropa Sweden and Film Väst has together with Danish producer Katja Adomeit at Adomeit Film co-produced the Afghan director Shahrbanoo Sadat's film "Wolf and Sheep" which has been selected for the section Director's Fortnight.