Swedish singer Neneh Cherry to star in Stockholm My Love
by Jorn Rossing Jensen
- Director Mark Cousins and cinematographer Christopher Doyle have cast the world-famous Swedish artist in their Stockholm odyssey
So far, Swedish singer-songwriter, rapper, DJ and broadcaster Neneh Cherry, who is famous around the world, has contributed to the soundtracks for 29 films, but for Stockholm My Love – which is currently shooting on location in Stockholm – not only has she supplied the score, but she also plays the lead and provides the voice-over.
Irish director Mark Cousins (Life May Be [+see also:
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Scripted by Cousins and Swedish producer Anita Oxburgh, and produced by Oxburgh for Stockholm’s Migma Film, Stockholm My Love follows 47-year-old architect Alva Diop (Cherry), who is married, with a 20-year-old daughter, and who loves architecture and the way buildings influence people's lives.
A year ago, Diop killed a man in a traffic accident – it was not her fault, but she is still in shock and finds it hard to sleep, so she wakes up early in the mornings to go for long walks. She wanders through the city that she truly loves, but without feeling the harmony that she can usually relate to.
Besides music videos and a TV series, the stepdaughter of US jazz icon Don Cherry has only one acting credit, in the short film Assumptions (2000); she made her international breakthrough with the 1988 hip-hop song Buffalo Stance.
The Swedish Film Institute has also backed Swedish-Polish director Manus Jerzy Sladkowski’s Love Me and Let Me Go, which he will produce for his own JS Filmproduktion. It follows a 22-year-old autistic man in the Russian town of Nizhny Novgorod; many people try to help him, but nobody can, until support comes from an unexpected place.
Also, Swedish-Polish director Ryszard Solarz will receive institute funding for Dexter, about an 18-year-old girl who has spent three years hanging around Stockholm’s city square. Now social services have sent her to a home, and in the Direkt Film and Media production, she meets a guy who does not take drugs – but will they stay together?
Finally, the institute has subsidised two Swedish minority co-productions: Danish director Max Kestner’s Fang Rung and Norwegian director Roar Uthaug’s The Wave [+see also:
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film profile], both staged by Swedish producer Fredrik Wikström Nicastro’s Tre Vänner Produktion.