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After a record year, Sweden’s Film i Väst will premiere 30 titles in 2013

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- The Trollhättan-based regional film centre participates in new Swedish films by Ella Lemhagen (The Boy with the Golden Trousers), Staffan Lindberg (Last Chance) and Lisa Aschan (The Deposit)

After a record year, Sweden’s Film i Väst will premiere 30 titles in 2013

After a record year when Swedish regional film centre Film i Väst registered 21 million admissions for its 15 local and nine international co-productions – 40% up on 2011 – the Trollhättan-based studio will follow up with 30 premieres during 2013, also announcing a line-up of new projects to be partly or fully filmed in the Västra Göteland district.

Film i Väst will continue its collaboration with Swedish director Ella Lemhagen after Tsatski, Mum and the Police (1999), Patrik, Age 1.5 [+see also:
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(2008) and The Crown Jewels [+see also:
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(2011): Lemhagen will direct contemporary version of Max Lundgren’s1967 novel, The Boy with the Golden Trousers, about a boy who discovers he can pull all the banknotes he wants from the pockets of his jeans. Already a popular Swedish TV series filmed in 1975, the new take will be produced by Fredrik Wikström Nicastro, for Tre Vänner Produktion.

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Swedish director Staffan Lindberg, who most recently made Once Upon a Time in Phuket (2012), will begin the shoot for Last Chance in July-August, a romantic comedy about a divorced man with a teenage daughter who falls in love with a doctor, also a divorcée with children – and the complications merging two families with different backgrounds into one. Daniel Hellenius (Once Upon a Time) will play the lead in the Lena Rehnberg-StellaNova Film production.

With two top prizes at the Göteborg International Film Festival, a Guldbagge – Sweden’s national film prize – for Best Screenplay and the Tribeca award for Best Narrative Feature for her first film, She Monkeys [+see also:
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, Swedish director Lisa Aschan’s career took off to a flying start. Late autumn she will start principal photography for The Deposit, a horror drama set in an isolated world, based on a play by Johannes Anyuru and Aleksander Mutturi, and produced by Anna-Maria Kantarius, for Garagefilm International.

International co-productions include German director Wim WendersEvery Thing Will Be Fine, starring US actor James Franco, with Germany’s Neue Road Movies; Hungarian director Kornél Mundruczó’s White God, with Hungary’s Proton Cinema; and Danish Dogme director Kristian Levring’s The Salvation, with Denmark’s Zentropa Entertainments.

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