The Swedish Film Institute to support a 101-year-old Man
by Jorn Rossing Jensen
- The SFI will back Swedish directors Felix and Måns Herngren’s The 101-year-old Man Who Skipped Out on the Bill and Disappeared, the sequel to the 2013 blockbuster
Swedish director Felix Herngren’s local blockbuster The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared [+see also:
film profile] (2013) didn’t disappear after all: the Swedish Film Institute has chipped in €1.2 million in production funding for a sequel, The 101-year-old Man Who Skipped Out on the Bill and Disappeared [+see also:
film profile], which will be directed by Felix and his brother, Måns Herngren.
Swedish screenwriter Hans Ingemansson, who delivered the script for the first movie with Felix Herngren, has also supplied the screenplay for the next instalment, which finds the now 101-year-old Allan Karlsson and his friend Julius Jonsson in Bali. They are somewhat restless, but drinking the “folk soda” puts a real spring in the old guys’ steps, amidst vengeful gangsters, the CIA and former acquaintances from Russia.
Swedish actor Robert Gustafsson returns to the lead role, and several of the original cast and crew will be showing up, too, including Eva von Bahr and Love Larson, whose make-up and hairstyling garnered them nominations for a Guldbagge – Sweden’s national film prize – and an Oscar. The 101-year-old Man Who Skipped Out on the Bill and Disappeared will be produced by Malte Forssell for Nice FLX Pictures and is scheduled for a domestic release on Christmas Day 2016.
Meanwhile, Swedish comedians Filip Hammar and Fredrik Wikingsson will receive €0.9 million for their feature debut, The Cake General, based on a true story about the small town of Köping, elected Sweden’s most boring in 1984. An outsider, entrepreneur Hasse Pettersson, wants to disprove this by building the world’s longest sandwich cake there, thus earning Köping a place in the history books and putting a silver lining on his otherwise ill-fated life. Renée Axö and Martin Söder will produce for Nexiko.
The film institute also granted €0.7 million to a less well-known project: the director and content of the new film to be staged by Swedish producer Lena Rehnberg for StellaNova Film are still being kept under wraps.Rehnberg previously produced Swedish director Staffan Lindberg’s A Midsummer of Love [+see also:
film profile] (2009) and Once Upon a Time in Phuket [+see also:
film profile] (2011), and Danish director Per Fly’s Waltz for Monica [+see also:
interview: Edda Magnason
interview: Per Fly
film profile] (2013), which was awarded four Swedish Guldbagges.