Karin Franz Körlof i Ett akademiskt krig
Karin Franz Körlof in An Academic War. Photo: Dana O’Keefe

Horror, LGBTQ and Arnold Schwarzenegger

Nyheter om svensk film

The latest recipients of Swedish Film Institute production funding include the feature sequel to Kung Fury, a new project by Thomas Vinterberg, art drama with Monica Bellucci, and horror in a haunted semi-detached house.

David Sandberg’s Eighties-feel action short Kung Fury has more than 50 million clicks on YouTube. The sequel, Kung Fury 2, is a big-budget project involving companies in China and the US. Michael Fassbender and Arnold Schwarzenegger are among the cast.

The Other Side (Andra sidan) is a horror film by Oskar Mellander and Tord Danielsson, in which journalist Sarah moves into a semi-detached house with boyfriend Fredrik and his five-year-old son. It soon turns out that the other half of the house is haunted. Elements of horror are also evident in Norwegian-Swedish co-production The Innocents by Eskil Vogt, about what happens to children’s perceptions and imaginations when there are no adults present.

Tunisian-Swedish co-production The Man Who Sold His Skin is directed by Kaouther Ben Hania (Beauty and the Dogs, featured in Un Certain Regard Award 2017). Monica Bellucci is among the cast of a film about a Syrian man fleeing to Lebanon. He wants to get to Paris to be reunited with his lover, but gets in with some artists and has his whole back tattooed and becomes a human work of art.

In Danish-Swedish co-production Druk by Thomas Vinterberg (The Hunt), four teachers experiment with what happens in their everyday lives if they’re constantly somewhat under the influence.

In the short film War in Academia (Ett akademiskt krig), Lisa Östberg reconstructs real events she has experienced herself, where art students instigate a classroom rebellion. Karin Franz Körlof (The Wife) is in the lead role.

Several projects are on a gay and/or LGBTQIA theme. Documentary Always Amber by Hannah Reinikainen and Lia Hietala follows the problems of a gender investigation, while the short film The Night Train (Nattåget) by Jerry Carlsson looks at the erotically charged meeting between Ossian and Ahmad on a train between Stockholm and Älvsbyn.

In addition, market funding has been awarded to Bert’s Diary (Berts dagbok) directed by Michael Lindgren, based on a series of many books about Bert published since the late 1980s.

Features

Always Amber
Directors Hannah Reinikainen, Lia Hietala
Screenplay Hannah Reinikainen, Lia Hietala
Producers Göran Hugo Olsson, Melissa Lindgren
Funding recipient Story 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 Amber is 17 and non-binary. Amber has a best friend, Sebastian, who is also a trans person. Sebastian came out first and introduced Amber to a new world, far away from the narrow views and norms of society. Together, anything seems possible. But something causes tension in Amber and Sebastian’s utopian world, and it all ends with a painful breakup. Heartbroken, Amber tries to find themself in a world where everything seems to remind them of Sebastian.

Andra sidan_Barn i korridor_Foto_Oskar-Mellander_Moving-sweden_810.jpgThe Other Side (Andra sidan). Photo: Oskar Mellander

The Other Side (Andra sidan)
Directors Oskar Mellander, Tord Danielsson
Screenplay Oskar Mellander, Tord Danielsson
Producer Gila Bergqvist Ulfung
Funding recipient Breidablick Film Produktion AB
Target group Adult
Film type Fiction
Genre Horror 
Technique Live action
Film commissioner Helen Ahlsson
Funding granted 3 000 000 SEK
Production company's presentation A horror film inspired by real events. Sarah, her boyfriend and his five-year-old son Lucas move into a semi-detached house. But the other side is haunted by an evil – an evil that wants Lucas at any cost.

Apstjärnan_Apa framför hus_Foto_Lee-Film_810.jpgThe Ape Star. Photo: Lee Film

The Ape Star (Apstjärnan)
Directors Linda Hambäck, Petter Lindblad
Screenplay Janne Vierth
Producer Linda Hambäck
Funding recipient LEE Film Stockholm AB
Target group Children
Film type Fiction
Genre Drama
Technique Animated
Film commissioner Jenny Gilbertsson
Funding granted 10 000 000 SEK
Production company's presentation Jonna has lived at the Renfanan children’s home her whole life. She’s always dreamed of having a mother. One day a gorilla pops round in a banged-up old car and adopts her. It takes a while for Jonna to get used to things, but just as things are settling down the local town councillor threatens their very existence.

Druk
Director Thomas Vinterberg
Screenplay Tobias Lindholm, Thomas Vinterberg
Producer Lizette Jonjic
Funding recipient Zentropa Sweden AB *
Target group Adult 
Film type Fiction
Genre Drama
Technique Live action
Film commissioner Jenny Gilbertsson
Funding granted 1 200 000 SEK
Production company's presentation A Norwegian philosopher claims that humans are born with a blood alcohol content that’s half a part per thousand too low. Inspired by this, Martin and his three teacher colleagues throw themselves into an experiment. They see their lives as a series of trivialities, so this project could be just what they need.
* Swedish coproducer. Main producer: Zentropa Entertainments 2 Aps, Sisse Graum Jørgensen

Genesis
Directors David Herdies, Michael Krotkiewski
Screenplay David Herdies, Georg Götmark
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 1 850 000 SEK
Production company's presentation An epic documentary drama that looks at people at three apparently disparate locations around the world and connects questions regarding faith, artificial intelligence and modern warfare.

Jönssonligan
Director Tomas Alfredson
Screenplay Rikard Ulvshammar, Tomas Alfredson, Henrik Dorsin
Producers Anna Carlsten, Pontus Edgren, Joshua Mehr, Fatima Varhos
Funding recipient FLX Feature AB
Target group Adult 
Film type Fiction
Genre Comedy
Technique Live action
Film commissioner Anders Nylander
Funding granted 1000 000 SEK
Production company's presentation Following a failed heist, Sickan ends up in prison. When he gets out, the other gang members have all gone straight and Sickan has to make his own way. Crime agent Vicki tasks him with a simple break-in, but the job has ramifications that extend far into the world of politics. When the chance to get hold of millions presents itself, the gang get back together.

Kung-Fury-2_Collage med Schwarzenegger_Fassbender_mfl_810_lowres.jpgKung Fury 2.

Kung Fury 2
Director David Sandberg
Screenplay David Sandberg, Tyler Burton Smith
Producers Fredrik Heinig, Pelle Nilsson
Funding recipient B-Reel Films AB *
Target group Adult 
Film type Fiction
Genre Action
Technique Mixed
Film commissioner Madeleine Ekman
Funding granted 1000 000 SEK
Production company's presentation Miami, 1985. Alongside his colleagues Kung Fury, the best cop in world history, has to stop an anarchic gang of loutish werewolves.
* Swedish coproducer. Main producer: Argent Pictures, Ben Renzo, USA

Lamb_Pressbild_NoomiRapace_Foto_Joost-Vandeburg_810_lowres.jpgNoomi Rapace is in one of the leads in Lamb. Photo: Joost Vandeburg

Lamb
Director Valdimar Jóhannsson
Screenplay Sjón Valdimar Jóhannsson
Producer Piodor Gustafsson
Funding recipient Black Spark Productions AB*
Target group Adult 
Film type Fiction
Genre Fantasy
Technique Live action
Film commissioner Madeleine Ekman
Funding granted 1000 000 SEK
Production company's presentation The story of a childless couple, María and Ingvar, and their peaceful lives as sheep farmers in Iceland. One Christmas Eve they discover something among their herd: a newborn being that’s half lamb, half human. Their longing to have a child of their own leads them to keep the lamb-baby and look after it as their own. But their decision turns out to have far-reaching consequences.
* Swedish coproducer. Main producer:  Go to Sheep, Hrönn Kristindóttir, Iceland

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Push
Director Fredrik Gertten
Screenplay Fredrik Gertten
Producer Margarete Jangard
Funding recipient WG Film AB
Target group Adult 
Film type Documentary
Technique Live action
Film commissioner Juan Pablo Libossart
Funding granted 1 850 000 SEK
Production company's presentation Housing prices are skyrocketing in cities worldwide. Incomes are not. The working and middle classes are getting pushed out of cities, while financial powerhouses use housing as a place to park money. PUSH follows Leilani Farha, The UN Special Rapporteur on Housing, on her quest to understand how money is kicking people out of their cities.

Meanwhile on Earth (Samtidigt på jorden)
Director Carl Olsson
Screenplay Carl Olsson
Producers Caroline Drab, Frida Barkfors
Funding recipient De Andra Film AB
Target group Adult 
Film type Documentary
Technique Live action
Film commissioner Klara Grunning
Funding granted 1 570 000 SEK
Production company's presentation A documentary about death, that tells us about life. Director Carl Olsson examines the relationship between the trivial and the existential, through a stylistic back-stage perspective of people who work with death on a daily basis.

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Scheme Birds
Directors Ellinor Hallin, Ellen Fiske
Screenplay Ellinor Hallin, Ellen Fiske
Funding recipient Mario Adamson
Sökande produktionsbolag Sisyfos Film Production AB
Target group Adult 
Film type Documentary
Technique Live action
Film commissioner Juan Pablo Libossart
Funding granted 2 000 000 SEK
Production company's presentation The story of Gemma, a teenage troublemaker, growing up in a world of pigeons and violence. From childhood to motherhood, her life unfolds as innocent games turn towards serious crime.

Stopp-i-Idomeni_Två pojkar_Foto_Pia-Lehto_810.jpgStop in Idomeni. Photo: Pia Lehto

Stop in Idomeni (Stopp i Idomeni)
Director David Aronowitsch
Screenplay David Aronowitsch
Producer Tobias Janson
Funding recipient Story AB
Target group Adult 
Film type Documentary
Technique Live action
Film commissioner Klara Grunning
Funding granted 1 900 000 SEK
Production company's presentation Nadia and Nawaf arrive at the border with their children, the day after it closes. Yasir tries to find out news about his kidnapped wife. Despite a dramatic backdrop, this is a film that looks at the apparently peaceful moments at Europe’s refugee camps.

The-Innocents_regissör-Eskil-Vogt_810_lowres.jpgThe Innocents.

The Innocents
Director Eskil Vogt
Screenplay Eskil Vogt
Producer Lizette Jonjic
Funding recipient Zentropa Sweden AB*
Target group Adult 
Film type Fiction
Genre Thriller
Technique Live action
Film commissioner Jenny Gilbertsson
Funding granted 1 000 000 SEK
Production company's presentation Concealed from the eyes of adults, four children’s play suddenly gets scary and unexplainable things start happening. What started out as something innocent evolves into something far worse. The Innocents is an unsettling journey into the secret world of children.
* Swedish coproducer. Main producer: Mer Film AS, Maria Ekerhovd, Norway

The-Man-Who-Sold-His-Skin_Tatuerad rygg_810_lowres.jpgThe Man Who Sold His Skin.

The Man Who Sold His Skin
Director Kaouther Ben Hania
Screenplay Kaouther Ben Hania
Producer Andreas Rocksén
Funding recipient Laika Film & Television AB*
Target group Adult 
Film type Fiction
Genre Drama
Technique Live action
Film commissioner Calle Marthin
Funding granted 700 000 SEK
Production company's presentation Sam Ali, a Syrian young man, took refuge in Lebanon to flee the Syrian civil war. Without legal status, he is unable to have a Schengen visa to join Italy where his beloved Abeer lives. In Beirut, he meets Jeffrey Godefroi, a famous American contemporary artist. The artist makes Sam Ali his piece of work by tattooing his back. Sam Ali then passes from the status of vulgar "undocumented" to that of a work of art internationally sought after. His tattooed skin is worth an astronomical sum on the art market, collectors are interested, auction goes up, human rights activists are outraged. How to get out of such a trap, how to become a man again when one is relegated to the.
* Swedish coproducer. Main producer:  Cinetelefilms, Habib Attia, Tunisia

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UJE
Director Henrik Schyffert
Screenplay Uje Brandelius
Producers Anna-Klara Carlsten, Tomas Michaelsson
Funding recipient FilmLance International Aktiebolag
Target group Adult
Film type Fiction
Genre Drama
Technique Live action
Film commissioner Anders Nylander
Funding granted 4 000 000 SEK
Production company's presentation An autobiographical feature film by and with Uje Brandelius, directed by feature debutant Henrik Schyffert. About the way life takes turns you could never have imagined. About what you have to do before it’s too late. And what you don’t.

Short film

Avsked_Kvinna diskar_illustration_Louisa-Wallström_810.jpgFarewell. Illustration: Louisa Wallström

Farewell (Avsked)
Director Maria Åkesson
Screenplay Maria Åkesson
Producer Maria Åkesson
Funding recipient Sugar Rush Productions
Target group Adult
Film type Fiction
Genre Drama
Technique Animated
Film commissioner Patrik Axén
Funding granted 150 000 SEK
Production company's presentation Agnes and Ellen have lived together since 1950 and have always joked about dying together. But one day their fantasy is shattered, and this is where Agnes’s story begins. What is she prepared to do to make her dream come true?

Badaren_Man i pool_illustration-Jonatan-Etzler_810.jpgSwimmer. Illustration: Jonatan Etzler

Swimmer (Badaren)
Director Jonatan Etzler
Screenplay Jonatan Etzler
Producer Isabella Rodriguez
Funding recipient French Quarter Film AB
Target group Adult
Film type Fiction
Genre Comedy
Technique Live action
Film commissioner Patrik Axén
Funding granted 380 000 SEK
Production company's presentation An indoor swimming pool in Sweden. There’s a man floating around in the middle of the pool. The police order him to get out, to be arrested, but the man carries on swimming. Swimmer is a humorous short film about a dramatic arrest that turns into an anticlimax.

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War in Academia (Ett akademiskt krig)
Director Lisa Östberg
Screenplay Lisa Östberg
Producer Mårten Nilsson
Funding recipient GNUFILM
Target group Adult
Film type Fiction
Genre Romance
Technique Live action
Film commissioner Ami Ekström
Funding granted 300 000 SEK
Production company's presentation A dancer applies for an underpaid job. Art students instigate a classroom rebellion. War in Academia is about working conditions for artists and is inspired by real events.

Ghost
Directors Wingyee Wu, Lap-See Lam
Screenplay Wingyee Wu, Lap-See Lam
Producer Malin Hüber
Funding recipient HER Film AB
Target group Adult
Film type Fiction
Genre Science Fiction
Technique Mixed
Film commissioner Erika Wasserman
Funding granted 340 000 SEK
Production company's presentation A sci-fi film that examines identity, belonging and time.

GIFT!_Kvinna framför spegel_Foto_Lisa-Tulin_810.jpgMarried! Photo: Lisa Thulin

Married! (Gift!)
Director Lasse Persson
Screenplay Lisa Tulin
Producer Lisa Tulin
Funding recipient Swedish Ecstasy Film
Target group Adult
Film type Fiction
Genre Drama
Technique Animated
Film commissioner Ami Ekström
Funding granted 150 000 SEK
Production company's presentation A bride looks at herself in the mirror. She bravely tries to put on her ‘happiest day of my life’ face. Suddenly she bites the tops off of the tulips in her bridal bouquet. Married! is a film about getting married – something advertised under claims of love, happiness and necessity – or finding oneself.

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Who Talks (Ingen lyssnar)
Director Elin Övergaard
Screenplay Elin Övergaard, Manne Indahl
Producers Elin Övergaard, Manne Indahl
Funding recipient Firma Elin Övergaard
Target group Adult
Film type Fiction
Genre Drama
Technique Live action
Film commissioner Ami Ekström
Funding granted 150 000 SEK
Production company's presentation A new care home for unaccompanied refugee children is opening, and the local authority has invited local residents in for a discussion.

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The Night Train (Nattåget)
Director Jerry Carlsson
Screenplay Jerry Carlsson
Producer Frida Mårtensson
Funding recipient Verket Produktion AB
Target group Adult
Film type Fiction
Genre Drama
Technique Live action
Film commissioner Patrik Axén
Funding granted 450 000 SEK
Production company's presentation 18-year-old Ossian is taking the night train home from Stockholm to Älvsbyn. On the train he sees Ahmad, and for the first time Ossian encounters in another person the same longing and attraction that he feels himself

Psychic_Exteriör_Psychic Temple_Foto_Tova-Mozard,-Picky-Pictures_810.jpgPsychic. Photo: Tova Mozard

Psychic
Director Tova Mozard
Producer Daniel Pynnönen
Funding recipient Picky Pictures AB
Target group Adult
Film type Fiction
Genre Experiment
Technique Live action
Film commissioner Patrik Axén
Funding granted 200 000 SEK
Production company's presentation The neon signs cry out their message in the night. Like a temple for a secular religion, they promise guidance in both good times and bad, but is it reassuring? A lost soul wanders through life without meeting other humans. Tova Mozard is back with yet another film in the borderland between reality and fiction. A dream-like portrait of that little sliver of our society where everything is in limbo.

Q-&-A_Kvinna i taxi_Vanja-Dolata_Foto_Petra-Berggren_810.jpgVanja Dolata in Q&A. Photo: Petra Berggren

Q&A
Director Mats Adler
Screenplay Mats Adler
Producer Kjell Åhlund
Funding recipient Doppelganger AB
Target group Adult
Film type Fiction
Genre Drama
Technique Live action
Film commissioner Patrik Axén
Funding granted 180 000 SEK
Production company's presentation Maria gets home after a long night shift to find her daughter and another girl sitting in the living room, covered in blood.

Lake On Fire (Sjö i brand)
Director Jennifer Rainsford
Screenplay Jennifer Rainsford
Producer Jennifer Rainsford
Funding recipient Yukei AB
Target group Adult
Film type Fiction
Genre Science Fiction
Technique Live action
Film commissioner Ami Ekström
Funding granted 200 000 SEK
Production company's presentation In a distant future, ex-lovers are reunited in a forest created by artificial intelligence. The flowers talk, the forest shifts colour, and the former couple realise they can’t change the past. A subtle science-fiction film about past love, and artificial intelligence that gives relationship advice.

Tomorrow the Birds Will Sing
Director Arvin Kananian
Screenplay Arvin Kananian
Producers Vilma Ljunggren, Petter Selvehed
Funding recipient Makeriet AB
Target group Adult
Film type Fiction
Genre Drama
Technique Mixed
Film commissioner Patrik Axén
Funding granted 150 000 SEK
Production company's presentation A striving individual enters the dark, amusing state of the nameless artist inside an officially beautiful world of creativity. Her desperate aspiration turns it into her purgatory of bitter competition and crave for validation. The proud artist is reduced to desperate
pettiness.

Market funding

Bert's Diary (Berts dagbok)
Director Michael Lindgren
Screenplay Tapio Leopold
Producers Anna Anthony, Rebecka Lafrenz
Funding recipient FLX Feature
Target group Children
Film type Fiction
Genre Comedy
Technique Live action
Funding granted 1 880 000 SEK
Production company's presentation Bert is starting 7th grade. Also in his new class is Amira, little sister to Leila in 9B. Leila is the girl that everyone has a crush on, including Bert. Bert plans to become friends with Amira to get closer to Leila. When Bert finds a secret diary at the girls’ home, it marks the beginning of an eventful love story about lies, fake news and super hero Lynx. All of this in order to get Bert to start listening to his heart.

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