Everybody Loves Madeline. Photo: Kalle Lindberg

Mikael Håfström, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Moldava

Nyheter om svensk film, Produktionsstöd

Mikael Håfström returns to Sweden for feature film about the Thomas Quick case, Levan Akin is back with a new feature film and Jane Magnusson makes a documentary about the unusual career of fashion model Madeline. That and much more are among the latest projects receiving production funding.

Mikael Håfström (Escape Plan, The Rite) directs The Perfect Patient (Quick), a journalist thriller addressing one of the greatest judicial scandals ever in Swedish criminal history. David Dencik (Top of the Lake) plays Thomas Quick, and features alongside the likes of Alba August (Becoming Astrid). The film is in production.

In documentary Everybody Loves Madeline, Jane Magnusson (Bergman: A Year in a Life) tells the tale of the first adult supermodel with Down syndrome. Madeline’s career challenges societal views of disability, identity and beauty.

Levan Akin directs And Then We Danced, a coming-of-age story featuring a dancer unwillingly falling in love with the greatest rival.

Niels Arden Oplev (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo) directs Danish-Swedish co-production Daniel, the true story of photographer Daniel Rye’s 13 months in ISIS captivity.

In Anna Eborn’s documentary Transnistra, 16-year-old Tanya and her friends hang out at an abandoned building site in eastern Moldova, searching for their place in life.

Upcoming short film projects include Monne Lindström’s new sport film. After her 2011 film about Rafael Nadal – Anyone for Tennis? – she is now working on Zlatan in the Slopes (Zlatan i alperna, the story of a burnt-out football star being struck by disaster in the Alpine peaks.

Feature film

A White, White Day. Photo: Join Motion Pictures

A White, White Day
Director Hlynur Pálmason
Screenplay Hlynur Pálmason
Producer Nima Yousefi
Funding recipient HOB AB *
Target group Adult
Film type Feature
Genre Drama
Technique Live action
Film commissioner Calle Marthin
Funding granted 1 200 000 SEK
Production company's presentation This is the story of Ingimundur, a responsible father, widower and small-town sheriff. While building a house for his daughter and grandchild, he becomes obsessed with finding the man he suspects of being involved in his wife's death.

* Swedish coproducer. Main producer: Join Motion Pictures, Hlynur Pálmason, Iceland

And Then We Danced. Photo: Levan Akin

And Then We Danced
Director Levan Akin
Screenplay Levan Akin 
Producer Mathilde Dedye
Funding recipient French Quarter Film AB
Target group Adult
Film type Feature
Genre Drama
Technique Live action
Film commissioner Madeleine Ekman
Funding granted 3 500 000 SEK
Production company's presentation And Then We Danced is the tale of a dancer on the brink of adulthood who unwillingly falls in love with the greatest rival.

Everybody Loves Madeline. Photo: Kalle Lindberg

Everybody Loves Madeline 
Director Jane Magnusson
Screenplay Jane Magnusson 
Producer Cecilia Nessen
Funding recipient B-Reel Films AB
Target group Adult
Film type Documentary
Technique Live action
Film commissioner Klara Grunning
Funding granted 1 000 000 SEK
Production company's presentation This documentary follows Madeline on her journey to becoming a world-renowned model, and questions and challenges our views on disability, identity and beauty.

Hamada. Photo: Momento Film

Hamada
Director Eloy Dominiguez Serén
Screenplay Eloy Dominiguez Serén
Producers Michael Krotkiewski, David Herdies 
Funding recipient Momento Film AB
Target group Adult
Film type Documentary
Technique Live action
Film commissioner Klara Grunning
Funding granted 1 500 000 SEK
Production company's presentation The world's most forgotten people live in a refugee camp in the middle of nowhere. Abandoned and isolated from the rest of the world, they have lived here for over 40 years, ever since Morocco banished them from Western Sahara. In this film three young friends take us on an unexpected, inspiring journey inside a refugee camp.

Jihad Jane Dangerously Seeking Marrriage. Photo: Fastnet films, New Amsterdam Film & Silver Films

Jihad Jane Dangerously Seeking Marrriage
Director Ciaran Cassidy
Screenplay Ciaran Cassidy
Producer Anna Byvald
Funding recipient Silverx Films AB **
Target group Adult
Film type Documentary
Technique Live action
Film commissioner Juan Pablo Libossart
Funding granted 400 000 SEK
Production company's presentation In 2010 two American women, described by the US government as 'the new face of terrorism', were arrested in Waterford, Ireland. Jihad Jane is the story of these two blue-eyed, blonde-haired women – Colleen LaRose and Jamie Paulin Ramirez – and their Ireland-based internet date, Ali Charaf Damache. Promising them love and marriage, Damache lured the two women over to the small Irish town of Waterford, his true intentions being to murder Swedish cartoonist Lars Vilks. His plans quickly came to a halt, when the women realise he isn't who he claims to be. The three eventually construct the most unlikely, confusing and incompetent terror cell the world has known. The film Jihad Jane attempts to answer the questions: How could this happen? Why did they wish to murder a complete stranger? What were they thinking?

** Swedish coproducer. Main producer: Fastnet docs lt, Morgan Bushe, Ireland

Psychosis in Stockholm. Photo: Maria Bäck

Psychosis in Stockholm (Psykos i Stockholm)
Director Maria Bäck
Screenplay Maria Bäck
Producer Anna-Maria Kantarius
Funding recipient Garagefilm International AB
Target group Adult
Film type Feature
Genre Drama
Technique Live action
Film commissioner Helen Ahlsson
Funding granted 7 000 000 SEK
Production company's presentation Psykos i Stockholm is a surrealist drama set in Sweden and outer space. The film is based on four illusive days in the director's life, when at the age of 14 he was supposed to go on holiday with his mother.

The Perfect Patient. Jonas Karlsson, Mikael Håfström och David Dencik. Photo: Erik Dalström

The Perfect Patient (Quick)
Director Mikael Håfström
Screenplay Erlend Loe
Producer Helena Danielsson
Funding recipient Bacademy AB
Target group Adult
Film type Feature
Genre Thriller
Technique Live action
Film commissioner Helen Ahlsson 
Funding granted 8 000 000 SEK
Production company's presentation The Perfect Patient is the captivating story of Sweden's greatest judicial scandal ever, the story of the reporter who questioned the entire Swedish legal system on his own, a journalistic thriller about one man who sacrificed everything in his hunt for the truth.

Reconstructing Utøya. Photo: Carl Javér

Reconstructing Utøya (Rekonstruktion Utøya)
Director Carl Javér
Screenplay Fredrik Lange, Carl Javér
Producer Fredrik Lange
Funding recipient Vilda Bomben Film AB
Target group Adult
Film type Documentary
Technique Live action
Film commissioner Klara Grunning
Funding granted 330 000 SEK
Production company's presentation Through a series of reconstructions, five survivors from the Utøya terror attacks explain what happened to them and how they survived. A group of young adults are on hand to help them re-enact this experience. The film also captures life outside the studio walls, revealing how the relationship between the survivors, the actors and the film team develops.

Daniel. Director Niels Arden Oplev. Photo: Thomas Sjørup

Daniel (Ser du månen, Daniel)
Director Niels Arden Oplev
Screenplay Anders Thomas Jensen
Producers Annika Hellström, Erika Malmgren 
Funding recipient Cinenic Film AB ***
Target group Adult
Film type Feature
Genre Drama
Technique Live action
Film commissioners Madeleine Ekman, Calle Marthin 
Funding granted 1 300 000 SEK
Production company's presentation This film is based on Puk Damsgård's book on the kidnapping of young photographer Daniel Rye, his 13 months in ISIS captivity, and his family's struggle to secure his release.

*** Swedish coproducer. Main producer: Toolbox Film, Morten Kaufmann/Signe Leick Jensen, Denmark

Transnistra. Photo: Momento Film

Transnistra
Director Anna Eborn
Screenplay Anna Eborn
Producers David Herdies, Michael Krotkiewski
Funding recipient Momento Film AB
Target group Adult
Film type Documentary
Technique Live action
Film commissioner Klara Grunning
Funding granted 2 000 000 SEK
Production company's presentation 16-year-old Tanya and her friends hang out at an abandoned building site in Transnistria, a small unrecognised state in eastern Moldava. In this country that only exists within the confines of its own boundaries, they attempt to find a place to live, far from the adult world.

Short film

Hangry (Brunch hos Kristin Kaspersen)
Director Adam Pålsson
Screenplay Adam Pålsson
Producer Lena Rehnberg
Funding recipient Stella Nova Film AB
Target group Adult
Film type Feature
Genre Drama
Technique Live action
Film commissioner Erika Wasserman
Funding granted 280 000 SEK
Production company's presentation Hangry is a romantic drama reminiscent of Scenes from a Marriage, set during the ravenous mid-morning part of a day. While an impending separation and cancelled wedding loom on the horizon, the quick diagolue is filled with great humour and warmth, and both leading characters come across as honest and vulnerable.

John & Darragh. Photo: Kate McCullough

John & Darragh
Directors Annika Karlsson, Jessica Karlsson
Screenplay Annika Karlsson, Jessica Karlsson
Producers Annika Karlsson, Jessica Karlsson 
Funding recipient Systerskaparna AB
Target group Adult
Film type Documentary
Technique Live action
Film commissioner Erika Wasserman
Funding granted 100 000 SEK
Production company's presentation John & Darragh is the story of a father-son relationship, set in the outskirts of Dublin. Both men love horses – their shared point in life – but have entirely different approaches. This film contemplates fatherhood and the expectations of both father and son. It also subtly addresses macho culture in general, and also the way in which it is challenged by the son, Darragh.

The Involuntary Activist. Photo: Kristoffer Jönsson

The Involuntary Activist
Director Mikael Bundsen
Screenplay Mikael Bundsen
Producer Isabella Rodriguez
Funding recipient French Quarter Film AB
Target group Adult
Film type Feature
Genre Drama
Technique Live action
Film commissioner Patrik Axén
Funding granted 200 000 SEK
Production company's presentation A married, openly homosexual teacher is forced to choose between betraying his family or himself and his values, when his older sister asks him to step back into the closet for a single night.

The Interview. Painting and photo: Ermias Ekube.

The Interview
Director Polina Urvantseva
Screenplay Polina Urvantseva
Producer Polina Urvantseva
Funding recipient Polina Urvantseva Film & Foto
Target group Adult
Film type Feature
Genre Drama
Technique Animated
Film commissioner Erika Wasserman
Funding granted 400 000 SEK
Production company's presentation The Interview follows Eliza, a young and ambitious journalist. While on the hunt for breaking news, she interviews a corrupt, crooked general in the Eritrean army, who just so happens to be her father.

Snip, Snap, Snut and The Squares. Photo: Anagram

Snip, Snap, Snut and The Squares (Snipp, Snapp, Snut och Tråkmånsarna)
Directors Cecilia Actis, Mia Hulterstam
Screenplay Cecilia Actis, Mia Hulterstam
Producer Emma Åkesdotter Ronge
Funding recipient Anagram Sverige AB
Target group Children
Film type Feature
Genre Comedy
Technique Animated
Film commissioner Jenny Gilbertsson
Funding granted 700 000 SEK
Production company's presentation Silly friends Snipp, Snapp and Sunt live in a colourful dream world, where they pass their days amongst the trees bursting with buns and balloons. But beware of the ever-so-square Humdrums, who are on a mission to forbid all that is fun.

Sonja’s Grill. Photo: Erik Persson.

Sonja's Grill (Sonjas grill)
Director Måns Nyman
Screenplay Kristoffer Malmsten, Måns Nyman
Producers Eliza Jones, Markus Waltå 
Funding recipient Grand Slam Filmproduktion AB
Target group Adult
Film type Feature
Genre Drama
Technique Live action
Film commissioner Erika Wasserman
Funding granted 175 000 SEK
Production company's presentation Sonjas Grill is a modern poetic drama. Bella and Gabbe regularly meet at Sonja's Grill on Södermalm in Stockholm after Bella's football practice. Today, however, Gabbe is super late. He discovered an SMS conversation in his old mobile between him and his ex. Reading the conversation after all the years that have come and gone, he realises he was the one – not she – who was the 'psycho' in their relationship. Bella does not appreciate Gabbe's recent realisation, as she does not want him to be weak – at least not with anyone other than herself. Bella and Gabbe are played by rapper Linda Pira and hip-hopper Pablo Leiva Wenger.

Zlatan in the Slopes. Photo: Monne Lindström

Zlatan in the Slopes (Zlatan i alperna)
Director Monne Lindström
Screenplay Monne Lindström, Kristina Meiton
Producer Kristina Meiton
Funding recipient MigDig AB
Target group Adult
Film type Feature
Genre Drama
Technique Animated
Film commissioner Erika Wasserman
Funding granted 150 000 SEK
Production company's presentation In this personal, touching tale, Zlatan goes on a ski holiday. Exhausted by his fame, he wishes to find his way back to the love of football. Meanwhile, he is affected by a number of upsetting events. What happens when our given circumstances are replaced and new rules of play are introduced?

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