After a record year, Sweden’s Film i Väst will premiere 30 titles in 2013
by Jorn Rossing Jensen
- 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 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:
film profile] (2008) and The Crown Jewels [+see also:
interview: Alicia Vikander
film profile] (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.
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:
interview: Lisa Aschan
film profile], 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 Wenders’Every 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.