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Sweat. Photo: Natalia Łączyńska

Fitness, Colombia and gospel

Nyheter om svensk film, Produktionsstöd

The latest projects to be awarded production funding from the Swedish Film Institute include Magnus von Horn’s Sweat, on the vulnerability of social media, Amanda Pesikan's documentary The Choir (Kören) about the Tensta Gospel Choir, as well as 14 short films.

Magnus von Horn, whose The Here After (Efterskalv, 2015) screened in the Director’s Fortnight at Cannes, now directs Sweat, following three days in the life of fitness motivator and social media celebrity Sylwia Zajac. Despite having hundreds of thousands of followers and being surrounded by loyal employees and admiring acquaintances, she has no real intimacy in her life.

The documentary The Choir is Amanda Pesikan’s directorial debut. The films follows the Tensta Gospel Choir on a life-changing trip to Chicago, the heart of gospel, where they face the question of whether it’s okay to sing gospel without believing in God or Jesus.

Simón Mesa Soto (Palme d’Or nominee for short film Madre) directs Amparo, set in 1990s Colombia. War plagues the country on every front. Single father Amparo tries to save his son from the hazards of the military conflict, and is forced to confront the dark side of a society governed by men, corruption and violence.

In addition 14 short films have been awarded funding, including LTMUC - Letter to My Unborn Child (BTMOB - Brev till mitt ofödda barn), by Ida Åkesson, based on the director’s personal experience. It’s about when things really hurt. The pain of yet another unsuccessful pregnancy can be hard to deal with, and spills out in unexpected places.

Features

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16. Photo: Nils Peter Lotherington

16
Director: Kenneth Elvebakk
Screenplay: Kenneth Elvebakk
Producer: Therese Högberg
Funding recipent: Bautafilm AB *
Target group: Youth, age 13 - 18
Film type: Documentary
Technique: Live action
Film commissioner: Klara Grunning
Funding granted: 320 000 SEK
Production company’s presentation: When you are the first one to be open Gay, who are you going to kiss? In the documentary 16 we follow the lives of four teenagers through a period of three years who are the first ones to be open about being gay at their schools. They are 12 years old when the story starts. Maybe things get better when they turn 16?
* Swedish coproducer. Main producer: Fuglene A/S, Kari Anne Moe & Gudmundur Gunnarsson

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Amparo
Director: Simón Mesa Soto
Screenplay: Simón Mesa Soto
Producer: David Herdies
Funding recipent: Momento Film AB
Target group: Adult
Film type: Fiction
Genre: Drama
Technique: Live action
Film commissioner: Madeleine Ekman
Funding granted: 700 000 SEK
Production company’s presentation: Colombia, during the nineties. War is plaguing the country on all fronts. Amparo, a single mother, attempts to save her son from the dangers of military warfare by facing the dark side of a society ruled by men, corruption and violence.

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The Choir. Photo: David Thunander

The Choir (Kören)
Director: Amanda Pesikan
Screenplay: Amanda Pesikan
Producers: Anna Weitz, Stina Gardell
Funding recipent: Mantaray Film AB
Target group: Adult
Film type: Documentary
Genre: Drama
Technique: Live action
Film commissioner: Juan Pablo Libossart
Target group: 1 600 000 SEK
Production company’s presentation: The Choir is a film about a gospel choir in one of the world’s most secular countries. An immersive musical documentary that raises questions about the human need for togetherness and spirituality.

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Sweat
Director: Magnus von Horn
Screenplay: Magnus von Horn
Producer: Lizette Jonjic
Funding recipent: Zentropa Sweden AB
Target group: Adult
Film type: Fiction
Genre: Drama
Technique: Live action
Film commissioner: Jenny Gilbertsson
Funding granted: 700 000 SEK
Production company’s presentation: ”Sweat” is three days in the life of fitness motivator Sylwia Zając, a social media celebrity. Although she has hundreds of thousands of followers, is surrounded by loyal employees and admired by acquaintances, her life lacks true intimacy.

Tba
Director: Tba
Screenplay: Tba
Producer: Fredrik Heinig
Funding recipent: B-Reel Films AB
Target group: Adult
Film type: Documentary
Technique: Live action
Film commissioner: Juan Pablo Libossart
Funding granted: 250 000 SEK

Tba
Director: Tba
Screenplay: Tba
Producer: Patrick Ryborn
Funding recipent: Unlimited Stories AB
Target group: Adult
Film type: Fiction
Genre: Romance
Technique: Live action
Film commissioner: Anders Nylander
Funding granted: 7 300 000 SEK

Short film

Badjelannda *
Directors: Jonah Senften, Jimmy Sundin
Screenplay: Jonah Senften, Jimmy Sundin
Producer: Andreas Emanuelsson
Funding recipent: BD Film AB
Target group: Adult
Film type: Documentary
Technique: Live action
Film commissioner: Klara Grunning
Funding granted: 130 000 SEK
Production company’s presentation: A poetic tribute to ‘the High Country’ of the Samis. Through a young woman’s voice-over written by poet Juuva Pittja, we get a very special perspective on nature and its relation to the Sami, against images from a unique landscape. Badjelannda is the area in Sweden that’s furthest from a road in every direction, and it’s Sweden’s first national park.
* Glow – focus on films in the national minority languages

Brevfilmen (Eng title tba)
Director: Stefan Jarl
Screenplay: Stefan Jarl
Producer: Stefan Jarl
Funding recipent: Stefan Jarl AB
Target group: Adult
Film type: Fiction
Genre: Experiment
Technique: Mixed technique
Film commissioner: Ami Ekström
Funding granted: 90 000 SEK
Production company’s presentation: Seven short episodes where Stefan Jarl sends short films to his Danish friend and colleague Carsten Brandt. In the films, Jarl shares his thoughts on life, from worries about the environment to philosophical ideas and a meeting with the author Jan Myrdal who shows his gigantic library. Stefan Jarl reflects over how chemicals might affect our health and meets with experts. Meanwhile, his friend Carsten is diagnosed with cancer. Stefan is distraught and wonders if it’s all the chemicals around us that are making us sick. (From the Tempo Documentary Festival programme)

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LTMUC - Letter to My Unborn Child (BTMOB (Brev till mitt ofödda barn)
Director: Ida Åkesson
Screenplay: Ida Åkesson
Producer: Caroline Drab
Funding recipent: BCD Film AB
Target group: Adult
Film type: Fiction
Genre: Drama
Technique: Live action
Film commissioner: Ami Ekström
Funding granted: 275 000 SEK
Production company’s presentation: Ida Åkesson's short film LTMUC (Letter to my unborn child) is based on self-experienced events and is about when it really hurts. The pain of another unsuccessful pregnancy can be difficult to
manage, and seep into unexpected places.

Candescent (Glödhet)*
Director: Alecio Araci
Screenplay: Alecio Araci, China Åhlander
Producer: China Åhlander
Funding recipent: Chinema Film Sweden AB
Target group: Adult
Film type: Documentary
Technique: Live action
Film commissioner: Klara Grunning
Funding granted: 130 000 SEK
Production company’s presentation: Alecio, Timimie and Anna paint an ancient Swedish forest red, blue, green and yellow. They talk about how different identities coexist in the same body. A discussion about language, identity and sexuality. The film’s dialogue is in Romani, Sami and Swedish.
* Glow – focus on films in the national minority languages

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Grab Them
Director: Morgane Dziuria-Petit
Screenplay: Morgane Dziuria-Petit
Producer: Paul Blomgren DoVan
Funding recipent: GÖTAFILM 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: 60 year old Sally is longing for happiness, and love. Lately her searching has been complicated by the fact that she resembles the newly-elected American president. Join Sally in the film Grab Them, as one man’s crazy tour around the world is a lonely woman's heavy burdon to bear.

Gräset är alltid grönare (Eng title tba)*
Director: Sanna Kalla
Screenplay: Jon Blåhed
Producers: Andreas Emanuelsson, Tony Österholm
Funding recipent: BD Film AB
Target group: Youth, age 13-18
Film type: Documentary
Technique: Live action
Film commissioner: Klara Grunning
Funding granted: 130 000 SEK
Production company’s presentation: A farce on the absence of the Finnic Meänkieli language in film and TV. Two young Swedish celebrities sit at a café in Stockholm, having an everyday conversation. The theme of the conversation is dreaming of being in a better place in the world, one that’s bigger and better than Stockholm. The four-minute-long dialogue is then dubbed into Meänkieli.
*Glow – focus on films in the national minority languages

Klassens Z (Eng title tba)*
Directors: Alma Dzafic, Julián Quevedo
Screenplay: Alma Dzafic, Julián Quevedo
Producers: Anna Åhlander, Julián Quevedo
Funding recipent: Chinema Film Sweden AB
Target group: Youth, age 13-18
Film type: Documentary
Technique: Live action
Film commissioner: Klara Grunning
Funding granted: 130 000 SEK
Production company’s presentation: With a mixture of documentary and fiction, this film looks at antiziganism in Swedish schools. Alma Dzafic Ferhatovic is behind the original idea, and uses her own experiences to make the story as realistic as possible.
*Glow – focus on films in the national minority languages

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Magnus is a Sexist (Magnus är sexist)
Directors: Hampus Hallberg, Emil Brulin
Screenplay: Hampus Hallberg, Emil Brulin
Producer: Ylva Olaison
Funding recipent: Ögat Film AB
Target group: Adult
Film type: Fiction
Genre: Comedi
Technique: Live action
Film commissioner: Ami Ekström
Funding granted: 100 000 SEK
Production company’s presentation: Johan is the newly appointed chairman of the gender equality group at the theater. In his first meeting with the actor ensemble, he acknowledges his racist and sexist prejudices in order to create a starting point for discussion in the group. It starts a
chain reaction that cannot be stopped.

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Between Heaven and Hell (Mellan himmel och helvete)*
Director: Dan Görgü
Screenplay: Dan Görgü
Producer: Liina Johansson
Funding recipent: KETA
Target group: Youth, 13-18
Film type: Documentary
Technique: Live action
Film commissioner: Klara Grunning
Funding granted: 130 000 SEK
Production company’s presentation: Sara thought that the sadness was only a depression, but one year ago a diagnosis changed their life. An affliction between heaven and hell. The illness they inherited from their Finnish side of the family. Sara now works with breaking the stigma and taboos, both in her family and in society.
*Glow – focus on films in the national minority languages

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Park
Directors: Vanja Sandell Billström, Lucia Pagano
Screenplay: Vanja Sandell Billström, Lucia Pagano
Producer: Vanja Sandell Billström, Lucia Pagano
Funding recipent: Tangram Film
Target group: Adult
Film type: Documentary
Technique: Live action
Film commissioner: Juan Pablo Libossart
Funding granted: 350 000 SEK
Production company´s presentation: Scenes of people in motion. Some are working, others spend their leisure time. The sound of airplanes and subways reminds us of the city behind the piece of created nature. A short documentary with scenes from parks in Stockholm, filmed over a year.

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Sarri ja Sanna*
Director: Julia Qvarnström
Screenplay: Julia Qvarnström
Producer: Ewa Cederstam
Funding recipent: Helion film AB
Target group: Youth, age 13 – 18
Film type: Documentary
Technique: Live action
Film commissioner: Klara Grunning
Funding granted: 130 000 SEK
Production company’s presentation: Sarri and Sanna are upper middle-aged women and best friends. They share pain and sorrow, but above all their cultural heritage as first generation Finns in Sweden. They’re going to bake joulutorttu, traditional Christmas pastries, chat, laugh and joke like they always do. Julia is Sarri’s daughter, and she films the baking. Through their chat, she wants to depict her own ties to her Finnish roots as inspired by Sarri and Sanna.
*Glow – focus on films in the national minority languages

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Sista gången (English title tba)
Director: Paolo Nobis Sandén
Screenplay: Paolo Nobis Sandén
Producer: Paolo Nobis Sandén
Funding recipent: Firma Paolo Nobis Sandén
Target group: Adults
Film type: Fiction
Genre: Comedi
Technique: Live action
Film commissioner: Ami Ekström
Funding granted: 320 000 SEK
Production company’s presentation: A couple are standing on the top of a hill overlooking a desolate beach. An atmosphere that has been handpicked for their weekend together in the Swedish countryside. But soon the
moment starts to slip through their fingers.


Svonni vs Skatteverket (Eng title tba)*
Director: Maria Fredriksson
Screenplay: Maria Fredriksson
Producer: Ina Holmqvist
Funding recipent: Barataria
Target group: Adult
Film type: Documentary
Technique: Live action
Film commissioner: Klara Grunning
Funding granted: 130 000 SEK
Production company’s presentation: Sami Ida-Maria fights the Swedish tax authorities for the right to deduct the cost of her dog from her income. Will they realise that the dog is a tool, like a snowmobile? Or will yet another Sami lose out against the Swedish powers that be?
*Glow – focus on films in the national minority languages

Thagang*
Director: Lina Puranen
Screenplay: Lina Puranen, Helmi Tolonen
Producer: Lina Puranen
Funding recipent: Firma Lina Puranen
Target group: Adult
Film type: Documentary
Technique: Mixed technique
Film commissioner: Klara Grunning
Funding granted: 130 000 SEK
Production company’s presentation: Thagang is the name of six girls’ Snapchat group. This is where things happen now that they no longer see each other in school every day. They’ve been a group since nursery, and in the spring they finished at Sweden-Finnish School. They’ve been in a Sweden-Finnish bubble, and now they’re exploring new worlds for themselves. But their strong sense of friendship remains. This film portrays a day in their lives. It’s a film about being 16, about friendship in the digital age, and puts the spotlight on how new forms of Sweden-Finnish identity express themselves in young people today.
*Glow – focus on films in the national minority languages

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