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"She wants to make a difference, but her own life is changed the most"

- Swedish director Björn Runge has begun principal photography on his new feature, Mission 1325, from a script which develops with the shooting, for Zentropa International Sweden

"She wants to make a difference, but her own life is changed the most"

"I am interested in the idea that this woman goes out into the world to make a difference, but it is her own life that is changed the most," said Swedish director Björn Runge (photo), who has started principal photography for his new feature, Mission 1325, at Swedish regional film centre, Film i Väst, at Trollhättan.

Having concluded his Liberation trilogy of Daybreak, Mouth to Mouth, and Happy End [+see also:
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(2003-2011), Runge is now focusing on the Swedish military experience in Afghanistan, following Swedish lieutenant Paula Ahlin before, during and after she served there the UN Mission 1325, which involves women's participation in the peace processes.

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Josephine Bornebusch stars as Ahlin, with David Dencik, Ann Petrén, Johan Widerberg, Lisette Pagler and Laura Birn in the drama, which is produced by Madeleine Ekman for Zentropa Sweden Film, with Sisse Graum-Jörgensen for Denmark's Zentropa Entertainments, David Matamoros for Zentropa International Spain, Liisa Penttillä of Finland's Edith Film, and Film i Väst's Jessica Ask.

Still in the process of financing, Mission 1325 will shoot through spring 2013 from a script which Runge has developed from interviews and research – "a method founded on trust and patience", according to the director. The premiere is scheduled for 2014, when NATO's International Security Assistance Forces, including the Swedish contingency, will leave Afghanistan.

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