Kvinna i vatten
Fat Front. Photo: Marie Hald

Joachim Trier, fear of birds and a premium weird project

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Joachim Trier makes a family drama, and the documentary Fat Front follows big women’s struggle with ideals of beauty. Two new scary films are in the pipeline – about knocking and birds’ eggs. And then there’s Douglas, 40 cm tall, in a bizarre comedy about a diamond. This and much more is among the latest funding projects from the Swedish Film Institute.

With The Worst Person in the World (Världens värsta människa), a Norwegian-Swedish co-production, film director Joachim Trier concludes his Oslo trilogy, which began with Reprise and Oslo, August 31st (Oslo, 31. august). He wrote the screenplay with his constant work colleague Eskil Vogt. The film is a comedy drama following 30-year-old Julie through romantic relationships, career choices and family situations. A film about love in our modern age, and about finding meaning in it all.

The Diamond (Diamanten) is a short film by Vedran Rupic, who has previously made several award-winning commercials. The film follows a lone man who is assisted by Douglas, 40 cm tall, in getting hold of a diamond. A humorous portrayal of loneliness and friendship, with the label ‘premium weird’.

Frida Kempff, Jury Prize winner in Cannes for the short Bathing Micky (Micky bader), directs the thriller Knockings (Knackningar). Molly thinks she can hear noises coming from the floor above – but is there really anyone there? The lead is played by Cecilia Milocco from Ruben Östlund’s Involuntary (De ofrivilliga) and Elin Övergaard’s short Who Talks? (Ingen lyssnar), both of which competed in Cannes. More thrills can be found in Birds of a Feather, a horror film by Hanna Bergholm. A 12-year-old perfectionist hatches a bird-like doppelgänger from an egg, which then carries out all her worst, suppressed impulses.

Louise Unmack Kjeldsen and Louise Detlefsen direct the Danish-Swedish documentary Fat Front, about large women who are fed up of being ashamed of their bodies. They now face the world with pride to shatter accepted ideals of beauty.

Features

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All We Own (Allt vi äger)
Director Emily Norling
Screenplay Emily Norling
Producer Monica Hernandéz Rejón
Funding recipient Pråmfilm AB
Target group Adult
Film type Documentary
Technique Live action
Film commissioner Klara Grunning
Funding granted 500 000 SEK
Production company's presentation All We Own follows the chaotic friendship between the filmmaker Emily, Curtis and Johan, who are both heroin addicts and homeless in Stockholm. What they all have in common is the thing they all have too much of. Too many feelings, too much chaos, too much addiction.

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Birds of a Feather
Director Hanna Bergholm
Screenplay Hanna Bergholm, Ilja Rautsi
Producer Nima Yousefi
Funding recipient HOB AB *
Target group Adult
Film type Fiction
Genre Horror
Technique Live action
Film commissioner Madeleine Ekman
Funding granted 1 200 000 SEK
Production company's presentation A smart horror film about a 12-year-old perfectionist girl who hatches a birdlike doppelganger out of an egg to carry out all her worst, buried impulses.
* Swedish coproducer. Main producer: Silva Mysterium Oy, Mika Rihtala, Finland

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Diana’s Wedding (Dianas bröllop)
Director Charlotte Blom
Screenplay Charlotte Blom, Mette M Bølstad
Producer Charlotta Denward
Funding recipient Avanti Film AB *
Target group Adult
Film type Fiction
Genre Drama
Technique Live action
Film commissioner Madeleine Ekman
Funding granted 1 000 000 SEK
Production company's presentation Diana’s Wedding is a tribute to love, which hopefully is more than a stormy affair that lasts half a year, and a suffering that lasts a lifetime.
* Swedish coproducer. Main producer: Maipo Film AS, Synnøve Hørsdal, Norway

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Family Apart
Director Mira Jargil
Screenplay Mira Jargil
Producer Tobias Janson
Funding recipient Story AB *
Target group Adult
Film type Documentary
Technique Live action
Film commissioner Juan Pablo Libossart
Funding granted 500 000 SEK
Production company's presentation Two children alone in an apartment in Turkey. Their mother has fled to Denmark and their father to Canada. The family has been split up due to the war in Syria. They are all stuck in a Kafkaesque drama. Will the family be reunited?
* Swedish coproducer. Main producer: Moving Documentary, Kirstine Barfod, Denmark

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Fat Front. Photo: Marie Hald

Fat Front
Directors Louise Unmack Kjeldsen, Louise Detlefsen
Screenplay Louise Unmack Kjeldsen, Louise Detlefsen
Producer Ove Rishöj Jensen
Funding recipient Auto Images AB *
Target group Adult
Film type Documentary
Technique Live action
Film commissioner Klara Grunning
Funding granted 250 000 SEK
Production company's presentation Fat Front is about big women who are fed up of being ashamed of their bodies. They now face the world with pride to shatter accepted ideals of beauty and show the world that fat bodies are also beautiful bodies.
* Swedish coproducer. Main producer: Hansen og Pedersen Film & Fjernsyn, Malene Flindt, Denmark


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I Remember My 1980s.

I Remember My 1980s (Mitt 1980-tal)
Director Ronja Yu
Screenplay Ronja Yu
Producer Anna J Ljungmark
Funding recipient House of Real Sweden AB
Target group Adult
Film type Documentary
Technique Mixed
Film commissioner Juan Pablo Libossart
Funding granted 1 800 000 SEK
Production company's presentation My 1980s captures an idealistic and rebellious group of artists, who were fighting for political emancipation and artistic freedom before their dreams were dashed to pieces in 1989. A cinematic film showing a decade rarely known outside China. Putting Tiananmen Square in a new perspective and revealing the power of art.

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Knockings (Knackningar)
Director Frida Kempf
Screenplay Emma Broström
Producer Erik Andersson
Funding recipient Läsk AB
Target group Adult
Film type Fiction
Genre Thriller
Technique Live action
Film commissioner Helen Ahlsson
Funding granted 3 000 000 SEK
Production company's presentation Molly is convinced that the tapping from her ceiling is a cry for help. Someone is locked in on the floor above. But when no one believes her, Molly starts to doubt
herself too.

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Lena (working title)
Director Isabel Andersson
Screenplay Isabel Andersson
Producer Cecilia Nessen
Funding recipient B-Reel Films AB
Target group Adult
Film type Documentary
Technique Live action
Film commissioner Klara Grunning
Funding granted 1 500 000 SEK
Production company's presentation The documentary Lena by Isabel Andersson is based on 17 paper bags full of diaries, left behind by Lena Nyman. A unique, unexposed private archive brings us the story of this much-loved, internationally renowned Swedish actress, and what made her so controversial, acclaimed and ahead of her time in her artistic accomplishments. But it’s also about her struggles around striving to meet the body ideal, liberation, and the conflict between love and freedom.

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Merry Christmas Yiwu
Director Mladen Kovacevic
Screenplay Mladen Kovacevic
Producer Mario Adamson
Funding recipient Sisyfos Film Production AB
Target group Adult
Film type Documentary
Technique Live action
Film commissioner Klara Grunning
Funding granted 1 800 000 SEK
Production company's presentation Communist ideals have long lost their value in Yiwu, a city with 600 Christmas factories, in which Christmas as we know it is produced for the entire world. With
rising factory wages, most workers can now afford newest iPhones, but they still live in crowded factory dormitories, all migrants in their own country. Stuck in between the Chinese traditions and the newly discovered Chinese dream, they want their own businesses, they want to be rich, to be independent, to be in love.

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Petra and Peter (Petra och Peter)
Director Johanna Aust
Screenplay Johanna Aust
Producer Stefan Berg
Funding recipient Masters of Reality AB
Target group Adult
Film type Documentary
Technique Live action
Film commissioner Klara Grunning
Funding granted 700 000 SEK
Production company's presentation Petra & Peter is a family drama about the consequences of growing up with substance abuse, for two very different siblings. Johanna Aust followed childhood friends Petra, who was adopted, and her Swedish-born brother Peter, over five years. A film about surviving.

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The Silence in Sápmi (Tystnaden i Sápmi)
Director Liselotte Wajstedt
Screenplay Liselotte Wajstedt
Producer Liselotte Wajstedt
Funding recipient Vaja Filmproductions AB *
Target group Adult
Film type Documentary
Technique Mixed
Film commissioner Klara Grunning
Funding granted 870 000 SEK
Production company's presentation A documentary about abuse and mental illness among young people in Sápmi. It gives an insight into this tight-knit community which hushes up its problems and thus leaves the victims to themselves. The film aims to find the reasons why such serious issues are silenced, and to highlight the unacceptable behaviours that go on behind a veil of silence and shame.
* Swedish coproducer. Main producer: Paranord Film A/S, Linn Henriksen, Norway

Trust Me
Director Emil Trier
Screenplay Emil Trier
Producer Lizette Jonjic
Funding recipient Zentropa Sweden AB *
Target group Adult
Film type Documentary
Technique Live action
Film commissioner Klara Grunning
Funding granted 350 000 SEK
Production company's presentation Waleed Ahmed, aged 25, went from being known as ‘The Mark Zuckerberg of Norway’ to being given an 11-year prison sentence in the US for international swindle. A coming of age film about identity and dreams.
* Swedish coproducer. Main producer: Motlys A/S, Tomas Robsahn, Norway

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The Worst Person in the World (Världens värsta människa)
Director Joachim Trier
Screenplay Eskil Vogt, Joachim Trier
Producer Mattias Nohrborg
Funding recipient B-Reel Films AB *
Target group Adult
Film type Fiction
Genre Drama
Technique Live action
Film commissioner Madeleine Ekman
Funding granted 1 500 000 SEK
Production company's presentation A comedy drama following 30-year-old Julie through romantic relationships, friendships, career choices and family situations. A film about love in our modern age, and about finding meaning in it all.
* Swedish coproducer. Main producer: Oslo Pictures, Thomas Robsahm, Norway

Short film

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Allvaret. Photo: Pelle Rådström

Allvaret (English title tba)
Director Maria Eriksson-Hecht
Screenplay Pelle Rådström
Producers Ronny Fritsche, Engelbrekt Krantz
Funding recipient Zentropa Sweden AB
Target group Adult
Film type Fiction
Genre Drama
Technique Live action
Film commissioner Ami Ekström
Funding granted 370 000 SEK
Production company's presentation Alice (10) walks the dogs, chooses clothes for her dad, prepares breakfast. It's a morning like any other since Mom died, but at the same time completely different. It is a morning when everything that is important in Alice's life is at stake.

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Det stora överflödet (English title tba)
Director Magnus Fredriksson
Screenplay Magnus Fredriksson, Johan F. Niemi
Producer Magnus Fredriksson
Funding recipient Bortbyting AB
Target group Children
Film type Fiction
Genre Drama
Technique Animated
Film commissioner Jenny Gilbertsson
Funding granted 240 000 SEK
Production company's presentation Pää's house is flushed away in a flood and he soon meets up with Nif. Together they travel downstream down the Torne river and out to the ocean. Along the way they meet a host of characters, some dangerous, some are not so concerned about the environment, and some join Pää and Nif on their journey. They also experience the consequences of pollution and when they get back home they have a climate friendly party without drinking straws or disposable plastic cups.

The Diamond (Diamanten)
Director Vedran Rupic
Screenplay Vedran Rupic, Gustav Sundström
Producers Siamand Masoodian, Christian Huosmanen
Funding recipient Business Club Royale AB
Target group Adult
Film type Fiction
Genre Comedy
Technique Mixed
Film commissioner Ami Ekström
Funding granted 350 000 SEK
Production company's presentation The film is a humorous story about loneliness and friendship in the category "premium weird".


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Graze (Själakon). Photo: Inga Kempe

Graze (Själakon)
Director Inga Kempe
Screenplay Inga Kempe
Producer Kjell Åhlund
Funding recipient Doppelganger AB
Target group Adult
Film type Fiction
Genre Drama
Technique Live action
Film commissioner Ami Ekström
Funding granted 500 000 SEK
Production company's presentation In the early 1900s, the farmer wife Mia struggles to raise her unruly foster daughter, but the village,the church and her family oppose her. If Mia doesn’t succeed in having the girl confirmed by the church, the girl will be sent away.

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Grisen (English title tba)
Director Tuna Özer
Screenplay Tuna Özer
Producer Maida Krak
Funding recipient Madbunny
Target group Adult
Film type Fiction
Genre Drama
Technique Live action
Film commissioner Ami Ekström
Funding granted 350 000 SEK
Production company's presentation The everyday life of self-controlled doctor Musses changes when he is offended by a patient. When his colleagues do not back him, he loses control and takes it out on two rowdy neighborhood youths. He finally realises that he has become part of what he despises.

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Little Olle (Lilla Olle)
Director Julia Thelin
Screenplay Julia Thelin
Producers Markus Waltå, Eliza Jones
Funding recipient Grand Slam Filmproduktion AB
Target group Adult
Film type Fiction
Genre Drama
Technique Live action
Film commissioner Ami Ekström
Funding granted 300 000 SEK
Production company's presentation It’s party time in the country and Olle, 26, is there with his friends. An unknown young woman at the party behaves in an unexpected way and Olle is confused by his
own feelings and how he can get rid of them.

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Madame You Made My Day
Director Monne Lindström
Screenplay Monne Lindström
Producer Kristina Meiton
Funding recipient MigDig AB
Target group Adult
Film type Fiction
Genre Drama
Technique Animated
Film commissioner Ami Ekström
Funding granted 140 000 SEK
Production company's presentation At Gatwick Airport, a lady gets held back in the security check. "Turn around please madam, turn around!" The lady is stressed but does her best to do as she is told. The film is a selfperceived story about how the safety mechanism creates hang ups and uncertainty.

Off Radar
Director Malin Levanon
Screenplay Malin Levanon
Producers Malin Levanon, Kjell Åhlund
Funding recipient Tävenlös AB
Target group Adult
Film type Fiction
Genre Drama
Technique Live action
Film commissioner Ami Ekström
Funding granted 235 000 SEK
Production company's presentation A pregnant woman is trying to escape her violent husband by trying to delete her digital traces and identity.

Pingis - ett skilsmässodrama i fem set_Foto_Kristoffer Jönsson_I bild_Henrik Dorsin och Livia Millhagen_810.jpgPing Pong - a Five Set Divorce Drama. Photo: Kristoffer Jönsson

Ping Pong - a Five Set Divorce Drama (Pingis - ett skilsmässodrama i fem set)
Director Sara Kadefors
Screenplay Sara Kadefors
Producer Rebecka Hamberger
Funding recipient Art & Bob Film & Drama AB
Target group Adult
Film type Fiction
Genre Drama
Technique Live action
Film commissioner Ami Ekström
Funding granted 350 000 SEK
Production company's presentation Lotta and Björn are watching their daughter’s ping pong tournament. While she plays her match, the parents fight a battle in the bleachers. As the game on the floor progresses set by set, the verbal assaults in the stands turn bolder. Finally, one
determining set remains. Who will come out victorious?

Rails_Misha_Fanny_Foto_Ellen Johansson_810.jpgRails. Photo: Ellen Johansson

Rails
Directors Liselotte Persson, Christian Zetterberg
Screenplay Liselotte Persson, Christian Zetterberg
Producers Liselotte Persson, Christian Zetterberg
Funding recipient Gråklippan HB
Target group Youth
Film type Fiction
Genre Drama
Technique Live action
Film commissioner Jenny Gilbertsson
Funding granted 100 000 SEK
Production company's presentation The upcoming short film Rails (working title) will depict the emotions surrounding growing up, while also growing apart. An imminent move brings childhood friends Misha and Fanny to a crossroads on the last day of the summer holidays. Tomorrow Misha is moving to London to start at Fanny’s dream school. Envy, remorse and a fear of being alone are all brought to the surface.

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Something to Remember (Något att minnas)
Director Niki Lindroth von Bahr
Screenplay Niki Lindroth von Bahr
Producer Kalle Wettre
Funding recipient Malade AB
Target group Adult
Film type Fiction
Genre Drama
Technique Animated
Film commissioner Ami Ekström
Funding granted 400 000 SEK
Production company's presentation A new recording of Alice Tegnér’s classic goodnight lullaby Grodans sång/The Frog Song, musically interpreted by Hans Appelqvist and with new lyrics by Martin Luuk. In six fragmentary scenes from the modern age, different characters, portrayed by pests and vermin each sing a version of the song.

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Jonas Selberg Augustsén directs Sonata.

Sonata
Director Jonas Selberg Augustsén
Screenplay Jonas Selberg Augustsén
Producer Andreas Emanuelsson
Funding recipient BD Film AB
Target group Adult
Film type Fiction
Genre Drama
Technique Live action
Film commissioner Ami Ekström
Funding granted 400 000 SEK
Production company's presentation A woman finds out that her 7-year-old son has stolen from her. She tries to get him to understand that it was wrong, but she has difficulties conversating at the boy’s level. While telling a bedtime story she gets the chance to improvise her message.

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