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After She Monkeys, Lisa Aschan has White People on her agenda

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- Lisa Aschan’s new feature is one of six projects which have received €1.9 million of production funding from the Swedish Film Institute

After She Monkeys, Lisa Aschan has White People on her agenda

Swedish director Lisa Aschan, whose 2011 feature debut She Monkeys [+see also:
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won Best Nordic Film in Göteborg and received three Guldbagge Awards – Sweden’s national film prize – including Best Film and Best Original Screenplay, is ready to shoot the follow-up, White People [+see also:
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Aschan was originally planning a horror movie, Deposit, which was financed through a €0.6 million award from the Stockholm International Film Festival, but she decided to cancel the production and reimburse the money.

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Scripted by Aschan, and starring Pernilla August, Vera Vitali and Issaka Sawadogo, White People follows a group of six people as they fight for survival after being locked away. Anna-Maria Kantarius will produce the title for Garagefilm International, and NonStop Entertainment will handle local distribution.

Aschan’s new project is among the three features and three full-length documentaries which the Swedish Film Institute will support with €1.9 million of production funding. White People will receive €0.9 million, while €0.6 million will go to Swedish writer-director Linda-Maria Birbeck’s There Ought to Be Rules. Produced by Linda-Maria Birbeck for Mint, it portrays two 14-year-old girls in a sleepy town as they try to become grown-ups.

Swedish director Fia-Stina Sandlund’s She’s Wild Again Tonight [+see also:
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, which was backed by €0.2 million, concludes her trilogy based on August Strindberg’s play Miss Julie; scripted by Josefine Adolfsson, it stars Alexandra Dahlström and Jens Lekmann rehearsing a new, radical interpretation of the play in New York, which turns into a power game. Tobias Janson will produce it for Story.

The documentaries in the package include: Amir Escandari’s Pixadores [+see also:
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, about a Brazilian graffiti gang which some people see as artists, while others view them as criminals; Anna Persson and Shaon Chakraborty’s Detained, which goes behind the scenes of the Swedish Migration Board; and Sylvelin Måkestad’s I See You, about the coming-of-age of a blind girl.

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