After four films at Cannes, Film i Väst returns to a busy schedule
by Jorn Rossing Jensen
- Besides two major Swedish productions – The Emigrants and The Killing of Hammarskjöld – the Swedish regional film centre has planned another four features
Swedish regional film centre Film i Väst in Trollhättan was this year strongly represented at the Cannes International Film Festival by its co-productions – Romanian director Radu Muntean’s One Floor Below [+see also:
interview: Radu Muntean
film profile], in Un Certain Regard; Swedish director Magnus von Horn’s The Here After [+see also:
interview: Magnus von Horn
film profile], in the Directors’ Fortnight; Swedish director Sanna Lenken’s My Skinny Sister [+see also:
interview: Sanna Lenken
film profile] in Écrans Juniors; and Swedish director Isabella Carbonell’s short The Boys, in the Critics’ Week.
Now, Film i Väst CEO Tomas Eskilsson has returned to Sweden and a busy production schedule for the centre, which has, since its opening in 1992, co-produced approximately 450 features, today operating on an annual investment budget of €10 million.
The new line-up is spearheaded by two productions announced at Cannes: Swedish director Daniel Espinosa’s new adaptation of Swedish author Vilhelm Moberg’s 1950 classic The Emigrants (which Jan Troell filmed in 1971, a version that was nominated for five Oscars), and Danish director Per Fly’s The Killing of Hammarskjöld, about the life of Swedish diplomat and UN Secretary General Dag Hammarskjöld.
Film i Väst will also be involved in:
- French writer-director Gilles Marchand’s psychological horror-thriller Dans la Forêt [+see also:
film profile], co-produced by Sweden’s Götafilm (Christer Nilson, Frida Hallberg), set to shoot from late summer
- Danish director Peter Schønau Fog’s You Disappear [+see also:
interview: Peter Schønau Fog
film profile], a philosophical and romantic thriller based on Danish author Christian Junger's best-selling novel, starring Trine Dyrholm and Nikolaj Lie Kaas, and produced by Louise Vesth, for Zentropa Entertainments
- Also from Zentropa (Marie Gade Denessen), Danish director Birgitte Stærmose’s dance drama Second Act, written with Kim Fupz Aakeson and due to shoot mainly in Trollhättan
- Swedish director Linda Hambäck’s fully animated The World of Dolores and Gunellen, from Swedish author Pernilla Stalfelt’s books, in production at Dockhus Animation, with post-production to take place at the centre
Film i Väst has most recently completed Danish director Thomas Vinterberg’s The Commune [+see also:
interview: Thomas Vinterberg
film profile], while its current projects include Pernilla August’s The Serious Game [+see also:
interview: Karin Franz Körlof
film profile], and Petter Lennstrand and Fanni Metelius’ feature debuts, Up in the Blue and I Don’t Want to Get Old.
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