SFI supports import of 11 quality films, mainly European
by Jorn Rossing Jensen
To secure a diversified film repertoire in Swedish cinemas as well as in the DVD and VOD supply, the Swedish Film Institute has awarded some €200,000 support to launch quality imports. Eleven titles, mainly European, will benefit from the scheme.
”There is a particularly limited catalogue of quality films for children and young audiences, so they have a high priority in our selection,” explained the institute’s Managing Director Bengt Toll.
For these audiences, UK director Richard Ayoade’s comedy Submarine [+see also:
film profile] (photo), which will open in August, and French directors Alain Gagnol and Jena-Loup Felicioli’s animated A Cat in Paris [+see also:
film profile], slated for December, have received public backing.
Bosnian director Danis Tanovic’s Cirkus Columbia [+see also:
interview: Danis Tanovic
film profile], UK director Michael Winterbottom’s culinary road movie The Trip [+see also:
film profile], Italian director Pietro Marcello’s documentary The Mouth of the Wolf [+see also:
interview: Pietro Marcello
film profile], which won two prizes in Berlin, and Greek directors Giorgos Lanthimos’ Dogtooth [+see also:
interview: Yorgos Lanthimos
film profile] and Athina Rachel Tsangari’s Attenberg [+see also:
interview: Athina Rachel Tsangari
film profile] are also supported.
Subsidised non-European productions include Vietnamese director Anh Hung Tran’s Norwegian Wood, Canadian director Denis Villeneuve’s Nawal’s Secret, and US directors Debra Granik’s Winter’s Bone and Derek Gianfrance’s Blue Valentine.
Both major mainstream and smaller art-house distributors have been supported by the institute, including Tri Art Film, Svensk Filmindustri, Nutafilms, Folkets Bio, November Film, Scanbox Entertainment and NonStop Entertainment.
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