Swedish Film Institute supports Gårdeler's Flocking and Lenken's My Skinny Sister
by Jorn Rossing Jensen
- Two Swedish features and two co-productions with Bulgaria and Hungary receive government funding
Swedish director Beata Gårdeler, whose Solitude won the Novella Film Award at this year’s Göteborg International Film Festival, will now be shooting Flocking [+see also:
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film profile] with support from the Swedish Film Institute, which has contributed €2 million worth of production funding to four new features.
Emma Broström has written the script about 14-year-old Jennifer, who claims she was raped by her classmate, Alexander. Her accusation starts a witch-hunt, in which a whole community turns against the girl and her family. Annika Hellström and Agneta Fagerström Olsson will produce for 2afilm. Gårdeler’s feature debut, In Your Veins [+see also:
film profile] (2009), was nominated for a Guldbagge, Sweden’s national film prize.
Swedish director Sanna Lenken, whose short Eating Lunch (2013) was also considered for the award, has herself scripted her first feature, My Skinny Sister [+see also:
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film profile], which is currently in production for Annika Rogell and Tangy. Twelve-year-old Stella wants to be like her seemingly perfect elder sister, who – unbeknownst to her – is suffering from an eating disorder, which is gradually destroying their family.
Swedish actress Nermina Lukac, who won a Guldbagge for her role in Eat Sleep Die [+see also:
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interview: Nermina Lukac
film profile], will star with Swedish actor Samuel Fröler in False Witness by Bulgarian director Iglika Triffonova, produced by Bulgaria’s Klas Film and Sweden’s Filmlance International (Ulf Synnerholm). After the Balkan conflict, a Serbian officer is charged with the massacring of civilians at the Hague tribunal – a case that soon claims unexpected victims.
Written and directed by Hungarian director Péter Gárdos, Fever at Dawn will be staged by Hungary’s Tivoli Films and Sweden’s GötaFilm International (Christer Nilson, Helena Wirenhed). The love story set in 1945-1946 is based on more than 100 letters written by and sent between Gárdos’ parents after they had arrived in Sweden from the German concentration camps.