Filip and Fredrik are preparing their feature debut: The Cake General
by Jorn Rossing Jensen
- After their 2015 documentary Nice People, the Swedish TV duo follows what happens when Köping is named Sweden’s most boring town
Swedish TV hosts Filip (Hammar) and Fredrik (Wikingsson), who have collaborated since the late 1990s and won several awards for their television programmes, are preparing to shoot their feature debut, The Cake General, starring Swedish actor Robert Gustafsson, which will be premiered next year.
Last year, they got the idea for and scripted Swedish directors Karin af Klintberg and Anders Helgeson’s hit documentary Filip & Fredrik Present Nice People; this time, they also wrote the book and will supply the screenplay, while the film will be produced by Renée Axö and Martin Söder for Nexiko, with Swedish major SF Studios (also in charge of the domestic distribution), pubcaster SVT, regional film centre Film Väst and the Hobohm Brothers.
Gustafsson, who was nominated for a Guldbagge – Sweden’s national film prize – for his performance in Felix Herngren’s The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared [+see also:
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The district is paralysed, and the rest of Sweden is laughing at it, but a new resident – Hasse Pettersson (Gustafsson), strongly indebted and slightly alcoholic – decides to show the “Stockholm bastards” a thing or two, by making the world’s longest sandwich cake, which leads to a series of absurd events. “We have always been interested in eccentrics on the periphery of society,” Filip and Fredrik explained. “They are very active in silence, and suddenly something happens, or nothing happens at all. The Cake General is a warm, perhaps endearing tribute to people who do things; this hilarious story that stems from reality is also about everything that simmers below the surface in a small Swedish city. Above all, it is about a man, his sandwich cake and a different kind of way of life,” they concluded.