Swedish film The Yard selected for the Berlinale
by Jorn Rossing Jensen
- Måns Månsson’s The Yard will have its international premiere in the Forum at the Berlin International Film Festival
The Yard [+see also:
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Månsson, who in Roland Hassel [+see also:
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Anders is a poet, literary critic and single father who loses his job as a journalist at a newspaper because he has written a review of a book that does not exist. With no formal education, he ends up in the mundane world of unskilled work – toiling as a day labourer at The Yard, a transshipment hub for car imports, in the harbour of Malmö. There he is seen as an outcast, a nameless stranger with a five-digit number, who must learn to negotiate the suspicions of his immigrant co-workers and the strict regulations of the management. At home, the relationship with his teenage son quickly deteriorates, as their middle-class lifestyle starts to erode.
Swedish actor Anders Mossling plays the lead as Anders in the Emma Åkesdotter-Ronge production for Anagram Film & TV. The Yard will be launched in Sweden on 11 March by Triart Film, while Finnish international sales agency The Yellow Affair is handling its international distribution.