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Feature debutant Caroline Cowan, in front, directs To Be or Not to Be Together. On the sofa: Johan Unenge and Måns Gahrton (screenplay) and Francy Suntinger (producer). Photo: Johan Bergmark

Romcoms for youngsters and doc about surrogate mothers in California

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The latest projects to be granted funding by the Swedish Film Institute include comedy and romance for young people, a kidnapping drama in Sinai, a deportation study from Auschwitz and a documentary about being a surrogate mother. And more.

Dead Woman by Kadri Kõusaar (previously behind Magnus, 2007, which screened at Cannes) is set in a lawless, apocalyptic Sinai, where Western journalist Ingrid is kidnapped by Palestinian terrorists. She falls in love with her kidnapper Ali, at which point his suspicious boss becomes increasingly violent. Ingrid escapes, but it turns out to be an illusion. The film is a co-production between Estonia, Sweden and Finland.

Caroline Cowan makes her debut feature with To Be or Not to Be Together (Eva & Adam att vara eller inte vara – ihop), about falling in love for the first time. How do you know? What do you do? Adam is the class newbie. Eva is in an anti-boy pact with her best friend because boys are so immature. But when they meet, it’s hard to keep a lid on their feelings.

Erland Beskow’s comedy Sune – midsommar (English title tba), which receives market funding, is also about young love. The film continues the popular film series about Sune, and targets audiences aged 7–12. Sophie finishes with Sune, but he decides to win her back by preparing the perfect romantic Midsummer for the two of them.

Norwegian–Swedish Betrayed (Den største forbrytelsen) by Eirik Svensson is set during World War II, when Norwegian Jews were deported from Norway to Auschwitz. Only 38 returned. This is the true story of one of the affected families.

Danish–Swedish co-production Riders of Justice (Retfærdighedens ryttere) by Anders Thomas Jensen is about soldier Markus, who has lost his wife in a tragic train accident. It all seems to be random chance, until a group of statisticians turn up and present some algorithms suggesting that maybe it wasn’t so random, but a planned attack.

The documentary For Somebody Else by Sven Blume follows the growing industry for surrogate mothers in California. The film follows three women who have made the choice to bear and give birth to children for other people. They reflect on their choices, about the challenges and risks, but also talk about the joy and satisfaction they experience.

Short films include an animated children’s film about blowflies, and a drama about the sexual needs of someone in a wheelchair.

Features

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Betrayed (Den største forbrytelsen)
Director: Eirik Svensson
Screenplay: Harald Rosenløw Eeg, Lars Gudmestad
Producers: Fredrik Wikström Nicastro, Brita Lundqvist
Funding recipent: SF Studios Production 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 During World War II, 773 Norwegian Jews were deported from Norway to the German concentration camp at Auschwitz. Only 38 returned. This is the true story of Charles Braude and his family, and how they suffered in this crime.
** Swedish coproducer. Main producer: Fantefilm Fiksjon AS, Martin Sundland, Norway

Dead Woman
Director: Kadri Kõusaar
Screenplay: Kadri Kõusaar
Producers: Charlotte Most, Maria Larsson Guerpillon
Funding recipent: Most 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 On assignment to the lawless, apocalyptic Sinai coast, Western journalist Ingrid is kidnapped by Palestinian terrorists and held captive in the desert. Ingrid quickly falls in love with the kindest of her captors, Ali. Ali's boss Moussa suspects what's going on, and becomes increasingly violent and dangerous. In one dramatic scene, Ingrid finally manages to escape and survives, but it turns out to be an illusion.
* Swedish coproducer. Main producer: Meteoriit OÜ, Aet Laigu, Estonia

For Somebody Else_Foto Sven Blume 810.jpgFor Somebody Else. Photo: Sven Blume

For Somebody Else
Director Sven Blume
Screenplay Sven Blume
Producer Margarete Jangård
Funding recipent WG Film AB
Target group Adult
Film type Documentary
Technique Live action
Film commissioner Juan Pablo Libossart
Funding granted 1 550 000 SEK
Production company’s presentation In For Somebody Else, we follow three women on an emotional and thought-provoking journey as they lend their bodies and carry someone else’s children. They invite us in, sharing their experiences with us; before, during and after pregnancies as surrogate mothers.

Rättfärdigheten ryttare_På bilden_Nicolas Bro, Lars Brygmann, Anders Thomas Jensen, Mads Mikkelsen, Andrea Heick Gadeberg, Nikolaj Lie Kaas_Foto_Anders Overgaard_810.jpgRiders of Justice. Pictured: Nicolas Bro, Lars Brygmann, Anders Thomas Jensen, Mads Mikkelsen, Andrea Heick Gadeberg och Nikolaj Lie Kaas. Photo: Anders Overgaard

Riders of Justice (Retfærdighedens ryttere)
Director: Anders Thomas Jensen
Screenplay: Anders Thomas Jensen
Producer: Lizette Jonjic
Funding recipent: Zentropa Sweden AB ***
Target group: Adult
Film type: Fiction
Genre: Drama
Technique: Live action
Film commissioner: Madeleine Ekman
Funding granted: 900 000 SEK
Production company’s presentation The military man Markus has lost his wife in a train accident. It seems to be a coincidence until mathematicians Otto, Emmenthaler and Lennart shows up. They claim to know that algorithms show that the accident maybe wasn’t a coincidence but a planned attack.
*** Swedish coproducer. Main producer: Zentropa Entertainments3 aps, Sisse Graum/Sidsel Hybschmann, Denmark

Rödeby_Foto_Per Anders Rudelius_810.jpgRödeby. Photo: Per Anders Rudelius

Rödeby
Director Per Anders Rudelius
Screenplay Per Anders Rudelius
Producer Per Anders Rudelius
Funding recipent Kultfilm Rudelius AB
Target group Adult
Film type: Documentary
Technique: Live action
Film commissioner Klara Grunning
Funding granted 1 100 000 SEK
Production company’s presentation Mattis had a rough childhood, and the adult world lacked moral courage. Tragedy struck when his dad killed a boy who had bullied his son. Not enough love, that’s what characterizes this story, though they were only kids. But Mattis was lucky to always have his best friend by his side.

eva & adam 810_Foto_Johan Bergmark.jpgCaroline Cowan, in front, directs To Be or Not To Be Together. On the sofa: Johan Unenge and Måns Gahrton (screenplay) and Francy Suntinger (producer). Photo: Johan Bergmark

To Be or Not to Be Together (Eva & Adam att vara eller inte vara – ihop)
Director Caroline Cowan
Screenplay Måns Gahrton, Johan Unenge
Producer Francy Suntinger
Funding recipent FilmLance International Aktiebolag
Target group Children 7-12 years
Film type: Fiction
Genre Drama
Technique: Live action
Film commissioner Jenny Gilbertsson
Funding granted 8 000 000 SEK
Production company’s presentation Falling in love for the first time. How do you know? What do you do? Adam is the class newbie. Eva is in an anti-boy pact with her best friend because boys are so immature. But when they meet in the Post Office game, it's hard to keep a lid on their feelings. If not impossible.

Short film

Alive_Foto_Staffan Övgård_810.jpgAlive. Photo: Staffan Övgård

Alive
Director Jimmy Olsson
Screenplay Jimmy Olsson
Producers Petter Selvehed, Christian Kielberg
Funding recipent Makeriet AB
Target group Adult
Film type: Fiction
Genre Drama
Technique: Live action
Film commissioner Ami Ekström
Funding granted 100 000 SEK
Production company’s presentation Viktoria is in a wheelchair. When she is out with her assistant Ida they meet Ida's boyfriend. Viktoria feels a lust for love and closeness. An exploration of boundaries commences. For both Ida and Viktoria.

14b.SpyfluganAstrid_FotoBloodyHoney_810.jpgAstrid the Fly. Photo: Bloody Honey

Astrid the Fly (Spyflugan Astrid)
Director: Charlotte Rodenstedt
Screenplay: Maria Jönsson
Producer: Emma Lidström
Funding recipent: Bloody Honey
Target group: Children 0 - 6 years
Film type: Fiction
Genre: Adventure
Technique: Animated
Film commissioner: Jenny Gilbertsson
Funding granted: 400 000 SEK
Production company’s presentation Astrid the Fly relaxes by the window, daydreaming about the outside world. Meanwhile little sister Zazza, who Astrid is supposed to be babysitting, has disappeared! We follow Astrid for a fly’s-eye voyage through the kitchen as she searches for Zazza. Her trip takes us through the mysterious yellow holes, past the mouth-watering goody bag, and over the terrifying black fluff (although people like us might recognise these landmarks as a block of cheese, the compost bin, and the family cat). Will Astrid find Zazza? Or maybe she’ll discover the place she’s been dreaming of?

Closer to the Things (Närmre tingen)
Director Erik M Nilsson
Screenplay Erik M Nilsson
Producers Anna Sohlman, Axel Danielsson, Tobias Janson, Klara Björk, Kalle Boman
Funding recipent Filmkreatörerna AB
Target group Adult
Film type: Documentary
Technique: Live action
Film commissioner Juan Pablo Libossart
Funding granted 350 000 SEK
Production company’s presentation An observation of the difference between knowing and being able; about the importance of practical knowledge to independent thought and understanding.

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Duty (Plikt)
Director: Daniel Permbo
Screenplay: Daniel Permbo
Producer: Daniel Permbo
Funding recipent: DejPej Film
Target group: Adult
Film type: Fiction
Genre: Drama
Technique: Animated
Film commissioner: Ami Ekström
Funding granted: 350 000 SEK
Production company’s presentation A young father sits awake on his bed, listening to the snoring of his newborn child asleep under the hood of a baby carriage. The sound ends and the baby carriage becomes a portal into a surreal world where the man must confront his fear.

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Salomon Schulman *
Director Kamelia Pebdani
Screenplay Kamelia Pebdani
Producer Peter Krupenin
Funding recipent HOB AB
Target group Adult
Film type: Documentary
Technique: Live action
Film commissioner Klara Grunning
Funding granted 130 000 SEK
Production company’s presentation A happening about the importance of Yiddish as a mediator of history, cultural and personal identity and the importance of keeping a language alive. Salomon Schulman, Yiddish profile, talks with two young people who seek their identity by discovering the older generation's language
* Glow – focus on films in the national minority languages

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This Is the Night (Detta är natten) *
Director: Gunnar Bergdahl
Screenplay: Anna Margolin
Producer: Fredrik Lange
Funding recipent: Vilda Bomben Film AB
Target group: Youth 13-18 years
Film type: Documentary
Technique: Live action
Film commissioner: Klara Grunning
Funding granted: 130 000 SEK
Production company’s presentation The film is a poetic encounter; a homeless language, a forgotten place, living memories. The language is Yiddish, the place the jewish cemetery in Warsaw with its 200 000 graves. With new music by Ida Gillner to the poetry of Anna Margolin.
* Glow – focus on films in the national minority languages

Market funding

Sune - midsommar
Director Erland Beskow
Screenplay Sören Olsson, Thobias Hoffmén, Christoffer Sandler
Producers Malin Söderlund, Linus Stöhr Torell
Funding recipent Unlimited Stories AB
Target group Children 7-12 years
Film type: Fiction
Genre Comedy
Technique: Live action
Funding granted 6 900 000 SEK
Production company’s presentation The Anderssons and the Blixts are off to Karin’s Aunt Hulda for an epic Midsummer celebration. But just before they leave, Sophie breaks up with Sune! It’s a true disaster. Sune decides to win Sophie back by celebrating a really romantic Midsummer with her – just like mum and dad did 20 years ago. But is Sune planning everything based on what he likes, forgetting that not everyone thinks like him…?

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