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Pottan thinks she is going to summer camp, but ends up in outer space


- Swedish director-producer Petter Lennstrand will unite his puppet characters with live action for his feature debut, currently shooting outside Göteborg

Pottan thinks she is going to summer camp, but ends up in outer space
Upp i det blå - Adam Lundgren, Mira Forsell and Shebly Niavarani, with Rydberg and Ture (©Memfis Film/P-A Jörgensen)

Swedish director-producer Petter Lennstrand, who has created several Swedish puppet theatre classics on television, has commenced principal photography for his feature debut at Kungälv outside Göteborg, with a cast – in addition to the puppets – of Adam Lundgren, Shebly Niavarani, Ida Engvoll, Susanne Thorson and Eric Ericson

Produced by Memfis Film’s Lars Jönsson - who most recently backed Swedish director Lukas Moodysson’s multi-award-winning We Are the Best! [+see also:
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(2013) – the film is still without an English title. However, translated literally, Upp i det blå means “Into the Blue.” Jönsson has previously received Guldbaggen – Sweden’s national film award – for Best film in 2004 (Dalecarlians [+see also:
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), 2002 (Lilya 4-Ever [+see also:
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), 1998 (Fucking Åmål-Show Me Love) and 1992 (House of Angels).

Former collaborators Lennstrand and children’s book author Martin Olczak have written the script about eight-year-old Pottan, who is going to a summer pony camp – or so she and her parents think. Instead, she ends up at a scrapyard with strange people constructing a home-made spaceship. Pottan is about to become the first eight-year-old in outer space.  

Mira Forsell (8) was chosen for the lead role after screen tests of several hundred children. Memfis Film is producing the live action/puppet animation movie with Swedish regional film centre, Film i Väst, and Swedish public broadcaster SVT. Sweden’s Nordisk Film has scheduled local release for the autumn 2016, and Danish internationals sales agency TrustNordisk will handle foreign distribution.

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