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The Swedish Film Institute supports 12 upcoming projects

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- In the latest funding slate announced by the institute, a total of 12 feature, documentary and short projects were granted over €2.8 million

The Swedish Film Institute supports 12 upcoming projects
Gustaf Skarsgård and Matias Varela in 438 Days (© Charlie Sperring/Miso Film)

The Swedish Film Institute has officially announced its production funding slate that was decided on in March and April 2018. Among the selected projects are the upcoming biopic 438 Days by Jesper Ganslandt and the Nordic co-production Out Stealing Horses by Norwegian director Hans Petter Moland. In total, four feature-length fiction films, four feature documentaries and four shorts were supported by the institute with funds totalling SEK 21.6 million (€2 million), SEK 4.1 million (€390,000) and SEK 4.3 million (€410,000), respectively.

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After debuting in the American market with his first US-produced film, Beast of Burden, Swedish director Jesper Ganslandt (Jimmie [+see also:
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) is directing 438 Days, based on the true stories of journalist Martin Schibbye and photographer Johan Persson. In July 2011, they were arrested and accused of terrorist crimes after illegally entering the conflict-ridden Ethiopian region of Ogaden from Somalia. They were both sentenced to 11 years in jail and were locked up in Kaliti Prison, but they were pardoned and released in September 2012.

The script, which is an adaptation of the journalists’ book of the same name, was written by Peter Birro, and the lead roles are played by Gustaf Skarsgård and Matias Varela. Budgeted at SEK 43 million (€ 4.1 million), the film has received SEK 10 million (€956,000) and is being produced by Sandra Harms and Karl Fredrik Ulfung for Miso Film Sverige AB. It is slated to be released in August 2019.

The shoot for the Nordic co-production Out Stealing Horses, written and directed by Hans Petter Moland, is already under way (see the news). Starring Stellan Skårsgard, Bjørn Floberg and Anders Baasmo Christiansen, the film adaptation of Per Petterson’s award-winning novel of the same name has received support of SEK 1.3 million (€124,000) for Swedish co-producer Lizette Jonjic, of Zentropa Sweden.

Victor Lindgren’s debut feature, Till Drömmarnas Land (To the Dreamland), follows a group of young Romanians who emigrate to a small seaside town in Sweden to search for a new beginning, even though the place seems extremely cold and unfriendly to them. The script has been written by Lindgren, and the movie, produced by Therese Högberg for Bautafilm, has received SEK 1.3 million (€124,000).

The final feature-length fiction project is the new animated film by Christian Ryltenius, who recently adapted for the big screen the stories about Sweden's most popular comic-book character, Bamse the bear. Now, with Pelle Svanslös (Peter-No-Tail), he is adapting another classic about the titular cat. The new film based on the adventures of the feline, which always take place in the city of Uppsala, has been written by Johan Bogaeus and has received a grant of SEK 9 million (€860,000). It is being produced by Jon Nohrstedt and Gila Bergqvist for SF Studios Production.

Finally, four documentaries received the support of the Swedish Film Institute: Josefin & Florin by Joanna Karlberg and Ellen Fiske, produced by Mantaray Film, with SEK 1.5 million (€144,000); The Feminist: A Swedish Inspiration by Hampus Linder, produced by Nordic Factory Film & TV Sweden, with SEK 1,185,000 (€113,000); Anders, Me and His 23 Other Women by Nahid Persson, produced by RealReel doc, with SEK 900,000 (€86,000); and Prejudice and Pride – The Queer Film History of Sweden by Eva Beling, produced by Beling Films, with SEK 500,000 (€48,000).

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