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Three feature debuts on new SFI line-up


Three feature debuts on new SFI line-up

The Swedish Film Institute (SFI) has shelled out SEK 32.4m (€6.4m) in support for the production of 11 feature films, including three debuts, and nine shorts.

In her first feature, EGO, Lisa James Larsson portrays a young man who has to revise his huge ego and lifestyle of superficiality and partying when an accident leaves him blind. Tomas Michaelsson will produce for Filmlance International, which will receive SEK 8m (€0.9m) from the SFI.

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Måns Månsson’s debut feature, Hassel 12, revives Swedish author Olov Svedelid’s fictional police detective Roland Hassel, who appeared in 10 TV films and one theatrical film from 1986 to 2000. The Anagram Produktion, produced by Martin Persson and Charlotte Most, receives SEK 2.7m (€0.3m).

Actor Jens Sjögren moves behind the camera to direct Switzerland, from a screenplay by Kalle Haglund, which David Olsson will produce for Acne Film, which gets SEK 6m (€0.7m). The theme is the unusual friendship between a pensioner and an obstinate teenager.

Ulf Malmros (The Wedding Photographer [+see also:
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), who has six features to his credits, is preparing Metal Brothers, for Jan Blomgren to produce for Bob Film Sweden, to which the SFI has allocated SEK 8m (€0.9m). Against their mother’s will, two brothers are more interested in heavy metal than in settling down and starting families.

The Institute will back two full-length documentaries on soccer, Birgitta Hald-Svensson’s Dreaming about the Premier League, and Martin Jönsson-Pontus Hjorthén’s The Last Proletarians of Football.

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