Greta Thunberg's strike for climate politics in Kids vs Climate. Photo: Nathan Grossman

Tiny Tim, Charter, the climate and VR

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Documentary about Tiny Tim and new feature-length films by Amanda Kernell and Johannes Nyholm among recent funding projects.

Amanda Kernell, winner of two awards in Venice for Sámi Blood (Sameblod, 2017), directs Charter, in which Alice realises she is going to lose her ongoing custody battle. She decides to take her two children away on a package holiday without consent, in a final attempt to win them back.

In the documentary Kids vs Climate (Kids vs klimatet), Nathan Grossman follows climate activist and school striker Greta Thunberg’s fight. Thunberg’s activism has become world famous, for instance at the UN and Time Magazine, which has appointed her one of the world’s 25 Most Influential Teens of 2018.

Tiny Tim King for a Day by Johan von Sydow records the unusual falsetto artist Tiny Tim, who left few people unaffected. He was hailed by Bob Dylan and 45 million Americans watched his wedding on TV, but a couple of years later he’d been forgotten.

Johannes Nyholm directs Sundance and Rotterdam competitor Koko-di Koko-da, which depicts the bereavement process of a couple who have lost a child. My Dad Marianne (Min pappa Marianne) is directed by Mårten Klingberg, a film about Hanna and her beloved father who tells her that he’s actually called Marianne. Hanna’s world falls apart and none of her courses in gender studies or norm creativity have prepared her for this.

Inland by Jon Blåhed is the first feature-length film in the Moving Sweden initiative. It’s about a young woman from Stockholm who moves to her boyfriend’s home town, but the relationship ends before they get there. She finds a job and stays, for reasons she doesn’t even get herself. The town has other, unknown codes. How do you become part of something new?

Notable short films include the drama Index by Nicolas Kolovos, in which a boy gets his index finger stuck in a truck’s bodywork just as his family are about to get into the rubber boat that will smuggle them into Europe. In The Barber, inspired by real events, Melanie Aronson tells the story of Fadi, who runs a provisional barber’s shop at a refugee camp in Skåne, Sweden. Through his customers’ experiences he revisits his own path, and one day faces a difficult choice. Lifegiver (Livgivare) by Petter Lindblad and Alexander Rönnberg, is an animated VR film set in a dystopian future Stockholm where environmental destruction has reached its peak and people have started evacuating the planet. We follow a mother and her daughters’ struggle to catch the last evacuation craft.

In the next Tosh film, Sune i Sunne (English title tba), a wedding clashes with a school trip when both Tosh and his grandfather find love. The film is being awarded the last market funding of the year and is directed by Jon Holmberg.

Features



Charter. Photo: Kernell/Olsson

Charter
Director Amanda Kernell
Screenplay Amanda Kernell
Producers Lars G Lindström, Eva Åkergren
Funding recipient Nordisk Film Production Sverige AB
Target group Adult
Film type Feature
Genre Drama
Technique Live action
Film commissioners Jenny Gilbertsson, Calle Marthin
Funding granted 9 000 000 SEK
Production company's presentation Alice realises she is going to lose her ongoing custody battle. She decides to take her two children away on a package holiday without consent, in a final attempt to win them back.

An Army of Lovers. Photo: Monica Englund

An Army of Lovers (En armé av älskande)
Director Ingrid Ryberg
Screenplay Ingrid Ryberg
Producer Ruth Reid
Funding recipient HER AB
Target group Adult
Film type Documentary
Technique Live action
Film commissioner Juan Pablo Libossart
Funding granted 1 700 000 SEK
Production company's presentation The story of the pioneering queers who defied society by picking up their cameras to fight for liberation - combining previously unseen archive material and 16mm film it creates a visual journey into the closets of the past - private and the state.

Flee
Director Jonas Pohr Rasmussen
Screenplay Jonas Pohr Rasmussen
Producer Charlotte Most
Funding recipient Most Film AB
Target group Adult
Film type Documentary
Genre Drama
Technique Animated
Film commissioner Juan Pablo Libossart
Funding granted 670 000 SEK
Production company's presentation Flee is an animated documentary film that goes behind the story of the many refugees who arrive in Europe everyday. It's the story about how people are forced from their homes and into the hands of human traffickers who take them on a journey through hostile environments and cynical bureaucracies. It is a personal story seen through the eyes of a boy who becomes a man on the journey. And it's a story about a friendship.

Ninosca - the Return to San Fernando
Director Peter Torbiörnsson
Screenplay Peter Torbiörnsson
Producer Stina Gardell
Funding recipient Mantaray Film AB
Target group Adult
Film type Documentary
Technique Live action
Film commissioner Juan Pablo Libossart
Funding granted 1 400 000 SEK
Production company's presentation A dramatic story from Central America told over the course of 40 years from the perspective of a woman. Ninosca – the return to San Fernando is the continuation of filmmaker Peter Torbiörnsson’s intimate portrait of Ninosca, whose fight for independence takes her to Europe.

Jon Blåhed, director of Inland.

Inland
Director Jon Blåhed
Screenplay Jon Blåhed
Producers Andreas Emanuelsson, Tony Österholm
Funding recipient Bd Film AB
Target group Adult
Film type Feature
Genre Drama
Technique Live action
Film commissioner Helen Ahlsson
Funding granted 2 500 000 SEK
Production company's presentation A young woman from Stockholm moves to her boyfriend’s home town, but the relationship ends before they get there. She finds a job and stays, for reasons she doesn’t even get herself. The town has other, unknown codes. How do you become part of something new?

Jozi Gold. Photo: WG Film

Jozi Gold
Directors Fredrik Gertten, Sylvia Vollenhoven
Screenplay Fredrik Gertten, Stefan Sundlöf
Producer Margarete Jangård
Funding recipient WG Film AB
Target group Adult
Film type Documentary
Technique Live action
Film commissioner Klara Grunning
Funding granted 1700 000 SEK
Production company's presentation Grandmother and environment activist Mariette Liefferink is up against the richest mining corporations in Africa.The golden era has left 12 million people living on radioactive grounds. Mariette is on a mission to force the gold industry to clean up.


Koko-di Koko-da. Photo: Johannes Nyholm

Koko-di Koko-da
Director Johannes Nyholm
Screenplay Johannes Nyholm
Producers Johannes Nyholm, Maria Møller Christoffersen
Funding recipient Johannes Nyholm Produktion AB
Target group Adult
Film type Feature
Genre Drama
Technique Live action
Film commissioner Yaba Holst
Funding granted 1 976 000 SEK
Production company's presentation A couple go on holiday to reconnect with each other. Three strange figures come out of the dark forest and terrorise them, tempting them deeper and deeper into a tangle of psychological terror and demeaning slapstick.

My Dad Marianne (Min pappa Marianne)
Director Mårten Klingberg
Screenplay Ida Kjellin, Daniel Karlsson, Cilla Jackert
Producer Charlotta Denward
Funding recipient Avanti Film AB
Target group Adult
Film type Feature
Genre Drama
Technique Live action
Film commissioner Madeleine Ekman
Funding granted 9 000 000 SEK
Production company's presentation When Hanna’s beloved father, the priest with the big beard, tells her one day that he’s really called Marianne, Hanna’s world falls apart. None of her courses in norm creativity can help; she hates Marianne who has stolen her dad away. But for her father Marianne there’s no turning back; she has to be who she really is.



Parning. Photo: French Quarter Film

Mating (Parning)
Director Lina Mannheimer
Screenplay Lina Mannheimer
Producer Mathilde Dedye
Funding recipient French Quarter 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 An excerpt from the lives of two people born in the 90s, exploring their dating lives, sexual relationships and romantic relationships. An intimate portrait in which they share their dreams, what their relationships look like, what turns them on, and their biggest fears and challenges.

Sea Fever
Director Neasa Hardiman
Screenplay Neasa Hardiman
Producers Carola Hansson, Börje Hansson
Funding recipient Bright Moving Pictures Sweden AB*
Target group Adult
Film type Feature
Genre Thriller
Technique Live action
Film commissioner Calle Marthin
Funding granted 1 250 000 SEK
Production company's presentation Student marine biologist Siobhán (Corfield) fights for her own and the crew’s survival when their ship gets infested by an unknown deadly parasite.

* Swedish co-producer. Main producer: Fantastic Films Ltd, Brendan McCarthy, John McDonnell, Ireland

The Revenge of the Diva. Photo: Ellinor Hallin

The Revenge of the Diva (Sivandivan)
Directors Emelie Jönsson, Gustav Ahlgren
Screenplay Emelie Jönsson, Gustav Ahlgren
Producers Emelie Jönsson, Gustav Ahlgren
Funding recipient Ett riktigt produktionsbolag
Target group Adult
Film type Documentary
Technique Live action
Film commissioner Antonio Russo Merenda
Funding granted 900 000 SEK
Production company's presentation At the peak of her career, opera star Siv Wennberg had a taste of how differently male and female geniuses are treated. Bookings waned and she vanished from the stage. Thirty years later, she’s ready for a big comeback.

Suicide Tourist. Nikolaj Coster-Waldau som Max och Solbjørg Højfeldt som Karen. Photo: Jørgen Nordby

Suicide Tourist
Director Jonas Alexander Arnby
Screenplay Rasmus Birch
Producer Mimmi Spång
Funding recipient Garagefilm International AB **
Target group Adult
Film type Feature
Genre Drama
Technique Live action
Film commissioner Madeleine Ekman
Funding granted 1 300 000 SEK
Production company's presentation This film follows insurance agent Max, who is going through an existential crisis. While looking into the case of a rich man’s disappearance he comes across the secret Aurora Hotel, which he checks into. The hotel is a fantastic, remote luxury destination that specialises in suicide. Max’s research puts him on the path of a truth that causes him to question life itself, death and his own perception of reality.

** Swedish co-producer. Main producer: Snowglobe, Mikkel Jersin, Katrin Pors, Eva Jakobsen, Denmark

Tiny Tim King for a Day. Photo: Baron Wolman 

Tiny Tim King for a Day
Director Johan von Sydow
Screenplay Martin Daniel
Producers David Herdies, Michael Krotkiewski
Funding recipient Momento Film AB
Target group Adult
Film type Documentary
Technique Live action
Film commissioner Juan Pablo Libossart
Funding granted 1 500 000 SEK
Production company's presentation The Average is a film about the mean and the mediocre. We follow a woman dressed in Dalí’s melting clocks, a millipede that breaks, a TV presenter and an author who argues about the separation of the individual, as well as an Icarus who no longer wants to burn.

Short film


Post
Partum Party (Amningsrummet)
Director Caroline Ringskog Ferrada-Noli
Screenplay Caroline Ringskog Ferrada-Noli
Producer Karin af Klintberg
Funding recipient Nexiko Drama AB
Target group Adult
Film type Feature
Genre Drama
Technique Live action
Film commissioner Helen Ahlsson
Funding granted 1 800 000 SEK
Production company's presentation A comedy series about postnatal depression. Four women in horrible apartments in Stockholm’s inner city. They are miserable and very emotional. They are extremely lazy and sad and that’s why they’re treating this night out as their last night alive. Darkness is mixed with humour, and to tell the darkest stories, contrast is used. It’s a mixture of light and fun and panic attacks. The unusual thing about Post Partum Party is that nothing is censored, nothing is being glamorised in any way. These are not good girls. These are dieting, ungrateful hags who aren’t trying to make the world a better place, women we love for their flaws, their kindness, beauty and living conditions, and their struggle to cope in this world.


The Average
. Photo: Elisabeth Marjanović Cronvall

The Average
Director Iris Smeds
Screenplay Iris Smeds
Producer Elisabeth Marjanovic Cronvall
Funding recipient MDEMC Produktion AB
Target group Adult
Film type Feature
Genre Drama
Technique Mixed
Film commissioner Erika Wasserman
Funding granted 250 000 SEK
Production company's presentation The Average is a film about the mean and the mediocre. We follow a woman dressed in Dalí’s melting clocks, a millipede that breaks, a TV presenter and an author who argues about the separation of the individual, as well as an Icarus who no longer wants to burn.

The Barber
Director Melanie Aronson
Screenplay Melanie Aronson, Basel Mawlawi, Alaa Nahhas
Producer Basel Mawlawi
Funding recipient Kinana Films
Target group Adult
Film type Feature
Genre Drama
Technique Live action
Film commissioner Erika Wasserman
Funding granted 325 000 SEK
Production company's presentation Fadi runs a make-shift barber shop in the bathroom of a migration camp in Skåne. Through his customers’ experiences as new refugees in Sweden, Fadi examines his own path as a Syrian starting anew. But suddenly Fadi gets a new customer and is faced with a difficult choice that could change his life forever.

Anna and Tomas Getting a Divorce. Photo: Mariedamfilm AB

Anna and Tomas Getting a Divorce (Anna och Tomas skiljer sig)
Director Marcus Carlsson
Screenplay Marcus Carlsson
Producer Lovisa Charlier
Funding recipient Mariedamfilm AB
Target group Adult
Film type Feature
Genre Drama
Technique Live action
Film commissioner Patrik Axén
Funding granted 170 000 SEK
Production company's presentation Anna and Thomas have decided to divorce, but the journey to the lawyer is bound by doubt and strong ties between them.


Nicolas Kolovos directs Index.

Index
Director Nicolas Kolovos
Screenplay Nicolas Kolovos
Producers Olle Wirenhed, Helena Wirenhed
Funding recipient Kakadua Filmproduktion
Target group Adult
Film type Feature
Genre Drama
Technique Live action
Film commissioner Erika Wasserman
Funding granted 350 000 SEK
Production company's presentation Othman is fleeing with his family. The rubber boat that will smuggle them into Europe is ready to leave, but Othman’s son Alan refuses to leave the truck. Othman discovers that Alan has got his index finger stuck in the vehicle’s bodywork. As the panic rises and Othman becomes increasingly desperate, he faces a terrible dilemma.


Jamila. Photo: Grand Slam Film

Jamila
Director Sophie Vukovic
Screenplay Sophie Vukovic
Producers Eliza Jones, Markus Waltå
Funding recipient Grand Slam Filmproduktion AB
Target group Youth
Film type Feature
Genre Drama
Technique Live action
Film commissioner Jenny Gilbertsson
Funding granted 400 000 SEK
Production company's presentation Jamila is finally going to be in a talent show with the cool girls. Not even her little sister Leila’s questions about the family’s asylum seeking can distract her. But when two police officers turn up at school, anxiety starts taking over…

Jauria. Photo: Momento Film

Jauria
Director Pedro Pio
Screenplay Pedro Pio
Producer David Herdies
Funding recipient Momento Film AB
Target group Adult
Film type Feature
Genre Drama
Technique Live action
Film commissioner Erika Wasserman
Funding granted 100 000 SEK
Production company's presentation Acacio lives in the hills above Bogotá with a pack of dogs. Sometimes he has to go down to the city and meet people so he can feed his pack. But he’s not like other people And other people are not like him.

Kids vs Climate Photo: Nathan Grossman

Kids vs Climate (Kids vs klimatet)
Director Nathan Grossman
Screenplay Nathan Grossman
Producer Fredrik Heinig
Funding recipient B-Reel Films
Target group Adult
Film type Documentary
Genre Drama
Technique Live action
Film commissioner Jenny Gilbertsson
Funding granted 350 000 SEK
Production company's presentation Greta goes on a ‘school strike’ for the climate. She wants to show the adult world that if they don’t care about her future on this planet, why should she care about her future at school? A film about Europe’s most publicised civil disobedience campaign in 2018.

Lifegiver (Livgivare)
Directors Petter Lindblad, Alexander Rönnberg
Screenplay Petter Lindblad, Alexander Rönnberg
Producer Petter Lindblad
Funding recipient Snowcloud Films AB
Target group Youth
Film type Feature
Genre Experiment
Technique Animated
Film commissioner Patrik Axén
Funding granted 400 000 SEK
Production company's presentation It’s the near future and the environment has been completely destroyed. Only a few have managed to evacuate Earth. An animated VR film which follows a mother and her daughters’ struggle to catch the last evacuation craft through a derelict Stockholm.

Nice to Meat You
Director Filip Tellander
Screenplay Filip Tellander
Producer Jimmy Wåhlin
Funding recipient Indio Film AB
Target group Adult
Film type Feature
Genre Music/Dance
Technique Live action
Film commissioner Erika Wasserman
Funding granted 100 000 SEK
Production company's presentation Nice To Meat You is about the meat industry on the one hand, About the systematic, callous treatment of living beings. On the other had it’s about loneliness, about spiritual isolation in a time of change. What is really going on with the genuine contact between people.


Up Close
. Photo: Rasmus Eriksson

Up Close (Närkamp)
Director Simon Elvås
Screenplay Simon Elvås
Producer Simon Elvås
Funding recipient Simon Nilsson Elvås
Target group Adult
Film type Feature
Genre Drama
Technique Live action
Film commissioner Erika Wasserman
Funding granted 250 000 SEK
Production company's presentationTwo men in a martial arts hall. They have to use physical contact to knock the other over and deprive him of oxygen until he gives up. But the physical proximity soon opens up another fight, a fight that’s about trusting one another and daring to show how they really are.

Straight Up
Directors Therese Zoe Richert, China Åhlander
Screenplay Therese Zoe Richert
Producer China Åhlander
Funding recipient Chinema Film Sweden AB
Target group Adult
Film type Feature
Genre Drama
Technique Live action
Film commissioner Patrik Axén
Funding granted 100 000 SEK
Production company's presentation Marcel admires himself in the mirror. When his girlfriend Jocelyn wakes up, Marcel forces her to do yoga. But Jocelyn wrestles Marcel to the floor. Suddenly he’s at a disadvantage, without wanting to admit it. Jocelyn wants to have sex, but in a new way. But this clashes with Marcel’s idea of his own manhood. He is forced to challenge himself, which makes him discover something new and beautiful behind his fears.

When Bodies Fall from the Sky. Photo: Mikael Bundsen

When Bodies Fall From the Sky
Director Yenni Lee
Screenplay Yenni Lee
Producer Ronny Fritsche
Funding recipient Zentropa Sweden AB
Target group Adult
Film type Feature
Genre Drama
Technique Live action
Film commissioner Erika Wasserman
Funding granted 400 000 SEK
Production company's presentation Jenny’s instastory remains, playing back her final day in Tokyo. Hour by hour the images are deleted, gone for her twin sister and best friends, who mourn and remember her in the places Jenny was most recently alive.

Market funding


Sune i Sunne
. Photo: Morgan Norman

Sune i Sunne (English title tba)
Director Jon Holmberg
Screenplay Jon Holmberg
Producers Linus Stöhr Torell, Malin Söderlund
Funding recipient Unlimited Stories AB
Target group Kids
Film type Feature
Genre Comedy
Technique Live action
Funding granted 7 000 000 SEK
Production company's presentation Tosh is in love, and so is his grandad. Everything would be fine, if only grandad’s wedding didn’t clash with Tosh’s school trip.

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