The SFI gives the go-ahead for two fiction features and three documentaries
by Jorn Rossing Jensen
- Goran Kapetanovic’s War and Nikeisha Andersson’s feature debut, Para Knas, have received production funding from the Swedish Film Institute
Both targeted at young audiences, Swedish directors Goran Kapetanovic’s War and Nikeisha Andersson’s Para Knas (English title TBA) have been granted production funding from the Swedish Film Institute, in a package that also includes three documentaries.
Scripted by Jannik Tai Mosholt, War is the story of 11-year-old Malte, who moves to a new region with his mother and lands in the middle of a conflict between two gangs of children. With a good head for strategy, he sees it as an opportunity to gain a foothold, but then it all escalates. The Per Janérus production for CB Sverige was backed by €793,000.
Swedish director Nikeisha Andersson’s feature debut, Para Knas, which will be produced by Ulf Synnerholm and Malini Ahlberg for Filmlance International, will be filmed from a screenplay by Andersson and Ahlberg, and was supported to the tune of €423,000. Sara and Amida, two friends from the Stockholm suburbs, refuse to always be broke; so they come up with an idea for an adventure, and a night downtown in stolen clothes, with wine and the company of a smooth Swede, changes everything that used to be boring.
Swedish directors PeÅ Holmquist and Suzanne Khardalian’s documentary The Second Jerusalem describes a turbulent Jerusalem 50 years after Israel took control. In this Holmquist production for his own company, Khaled and other Palestinians are gradually losing their homes to archaeological parks and tunnels; lawyer Ziad gets angry new clients every day, while Arieh and other Israeli settlers move in.
Swedish director Jonny von Wallström’s documentary The Pearl of Africa follows activist Cleo and her fight for the right to love openly as a transgender person in Uganda. In André Vallström’s production for Story4change, Cleo and her boyfriend are forced to flee the country after being exposed in one of the largest media outlets. Lastly, the third documentary in the package was Swedish director Anna Eborn’s Lida (read the news).