Moa Gammel in Breaking Surface. Photo: Joachim Hedén

Stellan Skarsgård, football dreams and children’s detective film

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A musical Christmas family, short film distribution on Instagram and new roles for Stellan Skarsgård and Eero Milonoff (Border) are among the latest projects to receive production funding from the Swedish Film Institute.

Hope (Håp) by Maria Sødahl is a Norwegian-Swedish co-production in which a woman discovers that she has cancer. She plans her final weeks but is still in the middle of life surrounded by relationships, love and hope. Stellan Skarsgård is one of the lead actors. Shooting is under way in Trollhättan.

Tigers (Tigrar), written and directed by Ronnie Sandahl (screenplay: Borg) is a drama about 16-year-old Martin who has finally got the pro contract he’s been dreaming of for so long, but the international football scene proves to be ruthless.

LasseMajas Detektivbyrå - Tågrånarens hemlighet (English title tba) by Moa Gammel, the sixth title in a film franchise that started back in 2008, has been awarded market funding. Clara from the children’s home contacts young detectives Jerry & Maya to help prove her father, who’s serving a life sentence for train robbery, is innocent. To get her father acquitted, the trio must find the real train robber.

Jag kommer hem igen till jul (English title tba) by Ella Lemhagen is the story of two brothers and their musical family, whose secrets are revealed over a Christmas holiday. The idea comes from one of Sweden’s most popular artists Peter Jöback (e.g. The Phantom of the Opera on Broadway), and he is also in the lead role.

Julia Thelin, acclaimed for her short Push It (selected for the festivals in Cannes and Toronto), receives support for Sorry Not Sorry. Feride is on the way home from a party and ends up with a gang of loud young guys. The film has already won the audience award at the Göteborg Film Festival.

Short film The Layers by Yilmaz Sen aims to break social taboos around depression and anxiety. There will be five chapters, distributed on Instagram.

The short film Let Her Speak by Ulla Heikkilä is a Finnish-Swedish co-production in which a distinguished woman researcher is invited to speak at an international conference, and realises that a male host is starting to explain her own theory to her. Cecilia Nilsson and Eero Milonoff (Border) are in the lead roles.

Features

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Bitter Love
Director Jerzy Sladkowski
Screenplay Jerzy Sladkowski
Producer Antonio Russo Merenda
Funding recipient Ginestra Film AB
Target group Adult
Film type Documentary
Technique Live action
Film commissioner Klara Grunning
Funding granted 2 100 000 SEK
Production company's presentation A lovesick misfit, a mysterious beauty, a retired civil servant, a randy fortuneteller and a doubtful young couple meet in late summer on a Russian river cruise on Volga. What does fate have in store for them?

 

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Breaking Surface
Director Joachim Hedén
Screenplay Joachim Hedén
Producers Julia Gebauer, Jonas Sörensson
Funding recipient Way Feature Films AB
Target group Adult
Film type Fiction
Genre Thriller
Technique Live action
Film commissioner Madeleine Ekman
Funding granted 1 300 000 SEK
Production company's presentation Half-sisters Ida and Tuva have an accident on a winter dive in northern Norway. Tuva is stuck under water after a rockslide, which also buries their equipment on land: phone, car keys, everything is gone and the sisters are cut off from the outside world. In the struggle to save her sister, Ida is pushed to the limit, and when everything seems lost there is far more at stake than just survival.


Clara Sola
Director Nathalie Álvarez Mensén
Screenplay Nathalie Álvarez Mensén, Maria-Camila Arias
Producers Nima Yousefi, Peter Krupenin
Funding recipient HOB AB
Target group Adult
Film type Fiction
Genre Drama
Technique Live action
Film commissioner Madeleine Ekman
Funding granted 4 635 000 SEK
Production company's presentation Clara Sola is a coming-of-age film about 30-year-old Clara’s journey to break free of social and religious oppression, in her endeavour to decide over her own sexuality and new-found power.

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Colony Lapland
Directors Linda Västrik, Håkan Berthas
Screenplay Linda Västrik, Håkan Berthas
Producers Maritha Norstedt, Linda Västrik
Funding recipient Linda Västrik Filmproduktion AB
Target group Adult
Film type Documentary
Technique Mixed
Film commissioner Juan Pablo Libossart
Funding granted 1 300 000 SEK
Production company's presentation A film that documents the terrible greed that exists in the mining industry, within the EU and the Swedish government. It looks at the fact that Sweden is prepared to sacrifice its unique natural treasure and violate international human rights laws to meet this agenda.

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Everything is Possible (Allt är möjligt)
Director Helgi Felixson, Titti Johnson
Screenplay Helgi Felixson, Titti Johnson
Producers Helgi Felixson, Titti Johnson
Funding recipient Felix Film AB
Target group Adult
Film type Documentary
Technique Live action
Film commissioner Klara Grunning
Funding granted 1 450 000 SEK
Production company's presentation Tilde Björfors brought the modern circus to Sweden and built one of the world’s most successful new circus groups. Making the impossible possible.

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Greta vs klimatet
Director Nathan Grossman
Screenplay Nathan Grossman
Producer Fredrik Heinig
Funding recipient B-Reel Films AB
Target group Youth
Film type Documentary
Technique Live action
Film commissioner Jenny Gilbertsson
Funding granted 550 000 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.


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Hope (Håp)
Director Maria Sødahl
Screenplay Maria Sødahl
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 1 300 000 SEK
Production company's presentation What happens to love when a woman in midlife is told she has three months left to live? 
* Swedish co-producer. Main producer: Motlys AS, Thomas Robsahm, Norway

Jag kommer hem igen till jul (English title tba)
Director Ella Lemhagen
Screenplay Daniel Karlsson
Producers Sandra Harms, Rachel Bodros Wolgers
Funding recipient Miso Film Sverige AB
Target group Adult
Film type Fiction
Genre Drama
Technique Live action
Film commissioner Madeleine Ekman
Funding granted 7 000 000 SEK
Production company's presentation The story of two brothers and their musical family, forced to confront their secrets over an intense Christmas break.

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Löparen 2019 (English title tba)
Director Peter Magnusson
Screenplay Peter Magnusson
Producer Peter Magnusson
Funding recipient Helion Film AB
Target group Adult
Film type Documentary
Technique Live action
Film commissioner Klara Grunning
Funding granted 650 000 SEK
Production company's presentation The follow-up to the film Löparen from 2002. Then it was Markus the budding runner who lived in a tent in the woods for four years to “get his head straight”. That was almost 20 years ago, and his head is now straight. Even so Markus doesn’t have the courage to compete, even though he wants to.


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Mamma Moo Finds Her Way Home (Mamma Mu hittar hem)
Directors Christian Ryltenius, Maria Blom
Screenplay Peter Arrhenius
Producer Filippa Torstensson
Funding recipient SF Studios Production AB
Target group Children
Film type Fiction
Genre Äventyr
Technique Animated
Film commissioner Jenny Gilbertsson
Funding granted 2 000 000 SEK
Production company's presentation When a worldly-wise stork turns up on the farm, Mamma Mu has to ask herself: what actually is a home? How can she know that the enclosure and farm where she currently lives is her home? What if there’s somewhere better somewhere else in the big, wide world? Crow does everything he can to show his friend that the grass isn’t greener on the other side of the road – but sometimes you have to get lost before you can find your way home.

Tigers (Tigrar)
Director Ronnie Sandahl
Screenplay Ronnie Sandahl
Producers Piodor Gustafsson, Johanna Lind, Francesca Feder
Funding recipient Black Spark Film & Tv AB
Target group Adult
Film type Fiction
Genre Drama
Technique Live action
Film commissioner Jenny Gilbertsson
Funding granted 9 000 000 SEK
Production company's presentation This film is a life-and-death journey through the modern football industry. With pitch-black humour and a unique view of the world of sports, in his second feature-length film as director, Ronnie Sandahl looks at the true story of how 16-year-old soccer talent Martin Bengtsson was sold to a major Italian club – a childhood dream that turned into a chilling nightmare. A coming-of-age story about a young man’s passionate obsession in a world where anything and anyone has a price.

Short films

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_Lit_City_
Directors Alicia Hansen, Sara Thisner Lindstedt
Screenplay Alicia Hansen
Producer Isabella Rodriguez
Funding recipient French Quarter Film AB
Target group Youth
Film type Fiction
Genre Comedy
Technique Mixed
Film commissioner Erika Wasserman
Funding granted 250 000 SEK
Production company's presentation A collection of short films originating in the world of memes, distributed via Instagram. With bitter humour, (un)successful contemporary satire and jokes that are completely free of integrity, a sense that we’re just human beings doing our best is being conveyed. Sometimes we get it right, usually wrong – –with these films we can all laugh together at the fact that it sucks.

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Among the Birds. Photo: Maria von Hausswolff, Adam Wallensten och John Skoog

Among the Birds (Bland fåglar mång)
Director David Gülich
Screenplay David Gülich
Producer David Gülich
Funding recipient Sumsase
Target group Adult
Film type Fiction
Genre Experiment
Technique Live action
Film commissioner Patrik Axén
Funding granted 70 000 SEK
Production company's presentation The world is in a constant state of flux. In our day-to-day lives we are blinded by temporary opinions and contexts. Prevailing conditions shape our faith in what is possible, and what was once a struggle becomes easy. Can a more long-term perspective bring us greater understanding of the world around us?

Mamman (English title tba)
Director Farzad Farzaneh
Screenplay Farzad Farzaneh, Jesper Cederstrand
Producers Martina Stöhr, Camilla Nyberg
Funding recipient Kärnfilm AB
Target group Adult
Film type Fiction
Genre Drama
Technique Live action
Film commissioner Patrik Axén
Funding granted 250 000 SEK
Production company's presentation When Annika's 14-year-old daughter Maja is at home, ‘ill’, Annika drives to school and offers Maja’s classmate, the popular Felicia, a lift home. During the journey she starts chatting to Felicia about the fact that Maja is not liking life at school. It starts off calmly, but Annika’s emotions soon take over and the atmosphere turns more and more nasty.

Kinematografi (English title tba)
Director Stefan Stanisic
Screenplay Emma Bexell, Katayoun Dibamehr
Producer Emma Bexell
Funding recipient Tiny Beast Productions HB
Target group Adult
Film type Fiction
Genre Drama
Technique Mixed
Film commissioner Erika Wasserman
Funding granted 400 000 SEK
Production company's presentation A metafictional showdown with the male view in the form of a sensory VR experience which lets you see Ingmar Bergman’s cult film Persona through the eyes of the character Elisabet, the silent actor.

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Kristallplaneten. Photo: Janne Hansen

Kristallplaneten (English title tba)
Director Pjotr Sapegin
Screenplay Pjotr Sapegin, Cathinka Nikolaysen
Producer Mikael Lindbom
Funding recipient Dockhus Animation AB *
Target group Adult
Film type Fiction
Genre Science Fiction
Technique Animated
Film commissioner Patrik Axén
Funding granted 100 000 SEK
Production company's presentation Why is it so hard to find your place in the world? Lost teenager Nora’s own theory about this is that mankind comes from another galaxy. Kristallplaneten is an animated
drama comedy with sci-fi elements about finding your true self.
* Swedish co-producer. Main producer: Kristallplaneten A/S, Merete Korsberg, Norway

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Let Her Speak
Director Ulla Heikkilä
Screenplay Saara Särmä
Producers Farima Karimi, Siri Hjorton Wagner
Funding recipient [sic] film AB *
Target group Adult
Film type Fiction
Genre Drama
Technique Live action
Film commissioner Patrik Axén
Funding granted 150 000 SEK
Production company's presentation A merited female scientist is at an international conference and realizes that a male moderator is explaining her own theory back at her, until a remark from the audience wakes both speakers and listeners.

Skräpytan (English title tba)
Director Daniel Milton
Screenplay Daniel Milton
Producer Maria Fredriksson
Funding recipient Barataria
Target group Adult
Film type Documentary
Technique Live action
Film commissioner Klara Grunning
Funding granted 75 000 SEK
Production company's presentation An unglamorous day working as car mechanics in workshops and other local industry is intertwined with party weekends in old American cars. This short is a snapshot of the lives of a few young people from Värmland province, and a depiction of the place they love.

Skön-hets-byrån (English title tba)
Director Anna Erlandsson
Screenplay Anna Erlandsson
Producer Anna Erlandsson
Funding recipient Annamotion animation
Target group Adult
Film type Fiction
Genre Drama
Technique Animated
Film commissioner Patrik Axén
Funding granted 245 000 SEK
Production company's presentation A film that reflects on the beauty industry. We allow ourselves to be lured by a dream of being more beautiful and looking younger; we’re seduced by nonsense, but can’t help ourselves. I want to convey the feelings of a person who walks through the door a customer, but is quickly transformed into a walking disaster. Help is available!

Sorry Not Sorry
Director Julia Thelin
Screenplay Julia Thelin
Producers Eliza Jones, Markus Waltå
Funding recipient Grand Slam Filmproduktion AB
Target group Adult
Film type Fiction
Genre Drama
Technique Live action
Film commissioner Erika Wasserman
Funding granted 325 000 SEK
Production company's presentation Feride is alone in the summer night. She has been to a party with her friends, and on the way home she takes a diversion down to the water. She sees a group of young guys who’ve been out drinking in a nice, old wooden boat. The guys are loudly singing songs of spring as they approach the shore where Feride is standing.


Så inget händer dig (English title tba)
Director Lisa Rydberg
Screenplay Lars Henrik Andersson, Lisa Rydberg
Producer Lars Henrik Andersson
Funding recipient Firma Henrik Andersson
Target group Adult
Film type Documentary
Genre Drama
Technique Animated
Film commissioner Juan Pablo Libossart
Funding granted 220 000 SEK
Production company's presentation Many of us have learnt to be kind and polite. It can be hard to know when not to be. This is a story based on Lisa Rydberg’s experiences as a teenager. An unknown man shows Lisa the way to the bus station one dark night. When, after a while, she wants to walk by herself, she is not allowed to. This is a story about making the wrong decision, about fear and our society. We step inside Lisa’s emptiness, loneliness and discomfort, which are described with simple little words, but in this darkness there is also a comical element in the images. It is all set in a single night that’s impossible to forget. This is not a story we want to tell. We must.

The Layers
Director Yilmaz Sen
Screenplay Yilmaz Sen
Producer Yilmaz Sen
Funding recipient Firma Yilmaz Sen
Target group Youth
Film type Fiction
Genre Experiment
Technique Animated
Film commissioner Erika Wasserman
Funding granted 420 000 SEK
Production company's presentation Although we live in a common world, each of us has a unique perception on life. The Layers leans on the subjective reality of a depressed mind. It is a visual journey that shows us how a person suffers during everyday activities from extreme emotions such as depression and anxiety. The film contains five chapters. In each chapter we watch the shift from an ordinary moment in life to a psychotic episode. The Layers consists of video posts on Instagram. The film intends to break the social taboo of expressing uneasy emotions publicly and to create space for feeling depressed and anxious.

Market Funding

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LasseMajas Detektivbyrå - Tågrånarens hemlighet

Director Moa Gammel
Screenplay Henrik Engström, Mattias Grosin
Producers Filippa Torstensson, Annika Sucksdorff 
Funding recipient SF Studios Production AB
Target group Children
Film type Fiction
Genre Crime
Technique live action
Film commissioner 
Funding granted 7 740 000 SEK
Production company's presentation Clara escapes from the children’s home and seeks out detective duo Jerry & Maya. She’s the daughter of Ferdinand Fransson, serving life in prison for train robbery, and she needs help proving her father’s innocence – and Jerry & Maya, who have just had their detective agency closed down by Kristinelund’s prejudiced chief of police, see their chance. They’re going to prove that children aren’t at all naive and foolish, and of course they can solve mysteries.

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