Stockholm’s Industry Days presents 19 new projects
by Jorn Rossing Jensen
- The 26th Stockholm Film Festival, which runs until 22 November, has started its industry programme for film professionals
“Stockholm has emerged as the leading gateway to the Scandinavian film market,” said the 26th Stockholm Film Festival in the introduction to this year’s Stockholm Industry Days, a three-day market programme (taking place from 17-19 November) with an added Focus on Finland.
A total of 19 works in progress will be presented to film professionals, including (yesterday) five new projects from STHLM Debut, a talent programme for first-time feature-film directors and producers, organised by Swedish regional film centre Stockholm-Mälardalen and the festival itself, among others.
Marcus Carlsson’s The Beekeeper, about how to handle grief and the fear of being left alone, will be produced by Lovisa Charlier, while Pella Kågerman and Hugo Lilja’s Aniara is adapted from Harry Martinson – the sci-fi story will be produced by Meta Louise Foldager and Kirsten Langgaard.
Nathalie Álvarez Mésen’s coming-of-age portrait Clara Sola has Nima Yosefi on board as a producer, and Hanna Högstedt’s My French Revolution, about cultural identity and belonging, will be staged by Mathilde Dedye, who will also produce Zanyar Adami’s Questan, the third part of a trilogy on the effects that wars have on families. Eight films from the Swedish Film Institute’s Moving Sweden talent initiative are also on the programme.
The seminar schedule includes The Force of Film: Documentaries as Tools for Change, Interactive Storytelling, How to Build Your Digital Audience, and a master class with Norwegian director Joachim Trier (Louder Than Bombs [+see also:
interview: Joachim Trier
After the 10 November opening, US actress Ellen Burstyn received the Stockholm Achievement Award at the Skandia’s Horror Night Deluxe (13 November), which saw the screenings of three scary films, such as US director William Friedkin’s The Exorcist (1973), for which she was nominated for an Oscar.
The midway party on 14 November with the Jameson Cult Film Club – entitled “Well Clarice, Have the Lambs Stopped Screaming?” – unspooled US director Jonathan Demme’s The Silence of the Lambs (1991) as part of a programme that incorporated interactive theatre, actors dressed up as the film’s characters, and even drinks inspired by them.
Currently preparing his period drama The Favourite, Greek director Yorgos Lanthimos, whose sci-fi romance comedy The Lobster [+see also:
Q&A: Yorgos Lanthimos
film profile] won the Jury Prize at the Cannes International Film Festival, was presented with the Stockholm Visionary Award on 17 November. The festival runs until 22 November.