Country Focus: Sweden
Swedish state money backs eight films
by Jorn Rossing Jensen
- Starring French actress Charlotte Gainsbourg (photo) and Swedish actor Stellan Skarsgård, Danish director Lars von Trier’s Nymphomaniac [+see also:
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film profile] is one of eight films, mainly international co-productions and documentaries, which will benefit from the Swedish Film Institutes latest support package of €600.000. Depicting the life of a self-diagnosed nymphomaniac from birth to 50, Nymphomaniac is co-produced by Sweden’s Zentropa International Sweden.
Norwegian director Arild Fröhlich’s Doctor Proctor’s Fart Powder, based on Norwegian best-selling author Jo Nesbø’s book about the eccentric professor who invents an industrial strength fart powder that can send people to outer space, will also be considered. Swedish partner in the Norwegian production is FilmLance International.
Hungarian director Kornél Mundruczó’s White God, which deals with racial warfare and ethnic cleansing – “some are chosen, others rejected; not an unfamiliar theme, but will it ever stop?” – is also on the list; Swedish participant in the Hungarian production is The Chimney Pot Sverige.
Documentaries include Swedish directors Måns Månsson and Li Hongqui’sChocolate City, from Mampasi, about about manufacturing transactions in Canton, China; Peter Gerdehag’s The Horseman’s Last Stand, from Deep Sea Productions, following a farmer’s single-minded fight for his horses.
Produced and directed by Maj Lis Skaltje, Jojk explores the special yoik chanting nurtured by Sami folk singers; Danish director Jon Bang Carlsen’sJust the Right Amount of Violence, from M Automat Manus og Produktion, meets people in the streets of Los Angeles trying to heal wounds from the past or present; in Once I Dreamt of Life, from Auto Images, Finnish directors Sini Liimatainen and Jukka Kärkkäinen examines suicides in Finland, where the the average is three per day.