Country Focus: Sweden
The results of digitisation: fewer titles, wider releases
by Jorn Rossing Jensen
- A larger part of the Swedish population has gained access to premiere titles, and films for children and young audiences as well as European cinema are among the winners, concludes a new report from the Swedish Film Institute, which analyses the effects of the digitisation of the country’s theatres, now covering 80% of the screens.
The number of cinemas has increased, and new films receive wider releases due to more digital copies. However, there are less opportunities to watch titles from previous years which are only available on 35mm prints. The catalogue has been reduced by 17%, according to Johan Froberg, the institute’s chief analyst and one of the authors.
So while fewer titles enter the circuit, new releases reach larger audiences, along with films for children and young audiences and European cinema; but except for productions from Europe and the US, films from other countries are in less demand, says the report which will be published during the Malmö Film Days, which opens today (August 26).
The annual showcase for upcoming premieres from 11 Swedish distributors and a programme of seminars – including the focus on digitisation – will draw to a close on Wednesday (August 28), with the screening of Swedish director Kjell-Åke Andersson’s Nobody Owns Me, which will be in the cinemas from November 8.
Also, Danish director Per Fly and his cast from Waltz with Monica, Swedish directors Anna Odell (The Reunion [+see also:
film profile], her first feature) and Lisa Langseth (Hotel [+see also:
film profile]) – which have been selected for Venice and Toronto, respectively – will attend the networking event, this year unspooling for the 40th time.