Pottan thinks she is going to summer camp, but ends up in outer space
by Jorn Rossing Jensen
- Swedish director-producer Petter Lennstrand will unite his puppet characters with live action for his feature debut, currently shooting outside Göteborg
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:
film profile] (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:
interview: Maria Blom
film profile]), 2002 (Lilya 4-Ever [+see also:
film profile]), 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.