The Swedish Film Institute backs new projects by Ruben Östlund and Lisa Langseth
by Jorn Rossing Jensen
- Seven fiction features and feature-length documentaries will benefit from a €7.6 million support package announced on 27 June
Swedish director Ruben Östlund, whose latest film, Force Majeure [+see also:
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film profile] (2014), won 31 international awards, including the Un Certain Regard Award at Cannes, and was nominated for a Golden Globe, will shortly start principal photography for his fifth feature, The Square (read the news).
“A stylish, pertinent, satirical drama that revolves around some of our most important contemporary issues," is how Stockholm’s Plattform Produktion describes Östlund’s script, which takes place in a free zone where all people have the same rights and obligations. Erik Hemmendorff will produce for a 2017 premiere.
The Square will be co-funded by the Swedish Film Institute, which on 27 June announced a €7.6 million support package covering 15 new film projects, including seven fiction features and feature-length documentaries.
Swedish actress Alicia Vikander has already starred in two films by Swedish director Lisa Langseth, Pure [+see also:
film profile] (2009) and Hotell [+see also:
film profile] (2013), and her new production company, Vikarious Productions, will stage the third, with Vikander in the main role. Euphoria (read the news) will also be receiving backing from the institute.
Produced by Annika Hellström and Agneta Fagerström-Olsson for 2afilm, Swedish director Rojda Emanuelsson’s first feature, Dream On, follows Mirja and her friends in the suburbs, as she is released from a stretch in prison.
Swedish writer-director Ingmar Bergman’s 100th birthday will be celebrated in 2018, and Swedish director Jane Magnusson will make her contribution through a documentary and three-part television series, Bergman, from Mattias Nohrborg’s script, which has also been granted a state subsidy (read the news).
Lastly, the SFI also chipped in for two Nordic co-productions: Finnish director Selma Vilhunen’s Hobbyhorse Sisters (Bautafilm with Finland’s Tuffi Films) and Danish director Janus Metz’s Between Two Worlds (Vilda Bomben Film with Denmark’s Magic Hour Films).