New films by Moodysson, Gandini and Eklöf
Production funding in June is packed with major internationally successful names from the Swedish film world, in both fiction and documentary. Lukas Moodysson, Ellen Fiske, Erik Gandini, Isabella Eklöf and Daniel Espinosa can all be found among the 25 projects to be granted production and market funding.
Relationships, growing up and magic juice
The world’s strongest bear is back in Bamse and the World’s Smallest Adventure. The documentary The Dear John Letter looks at self-destructive behaviours with drugs in the formative years. The short film The Remains of Roma looks at the difficulty for women to ‘deliver’. Funding has also been granted to seven talent programmes to ensure regrowth in Swedish film. These are just some of the latest funding projects.
Hunting and cheerleading
Sarah Gyllenstierna, former assistant director to Spike Lee, directs Jakt på ett vitt fält (English title tba) about three men obsessed with hunting. Power Jaguars is a documentary about cheerleading and female friendship directed by Jessica and Annika Karlsson (Crystal Bear nominated Loving Lorna). The short film Vernissage is a drama satire by Arvin Kananian (soon to be seen in the cast of Ruben Östlund’s Triangle of Sadness). These are just some of the latest projects to be granted production funding.
UFOs, MMA and Mediterranean film noir
Daughters is Jenifer Malmqvist’s feature film debut about three sisters mourning their mother. Axel Petersén returns with From Malta to Oblivion about online gaming. Björn Runge (The Wife) directs Burn All My Letters, a love story across generations. Ahmed Abdullahi (The Martyr) directs Amina, about a MMA fighting mother.
Stop-motion, young stand-up and coming of old age
In Comedy Queen, young Sasha wants to be a stand-up comedian. Documentary Calendar Girls follows Florida’s most dedicated dance team for women over 60. Bullets is a drama-thriller in the style of French ‘cinema de banlieue’, and sisters Anna and Maria von Hausswolff collaborate in Resorts. Read all about the total of 41 projects that have recently received funding.
See the Q&A's with the Swedish filmmakers selected for Sundance
This year's digital edition of the Sundance Film Festival featured online Q&A's with the Swedish filmmakers selected for the festival. These were recorded at the Sundance Studio in Filmhuset in Stockholm, HQ of the Swedish Film Institute, and are now available for all to see.
Arica and Bitter Love screening at IDFA
Two new Swedish documentaries, Arica and Bitter Love, have been chosen for this year’s IDFA (International Documentary Filmfestival Amsterdam) which runs until December 6.
Romcoms for youngsters and doc about surrogate mothers in California
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.
Fitness, Colombia and gospel
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.
Max von Sydow, 1929-2020
Max von Sydow has passed away. He was one of the most prominent Swedish actors of all time, working with Ingmar Bergman and many international directors, and his career spanned 60 years and over 120 film roles.