After She Monkeys, Lisa Aschan has White People on her agenda
by Jorn Rossing Jensen
- Lisa Aschan’s new feature is one of six projects which have received €1.9 million of production funding from the Swedish Film Institute
Swedish director Lisa Aschan, whose 2011 feature debut She Monkeys [+see also:
interview: Lisa Aschan
film profile] won Best Nordic Film in Göteborg and received three Guldbagge Awards – Sweden’s national film prize – including Best Film and Best Original Screenplay, is ready to shoot the follow-up, White People [+see also:
Aschan was originally planning a horror movie, Deposit, which was financed through a €0.6 million award from the Stockholm International Film Festival, but she decided to cancel the production and reimburse the money.
Scripted by Aschan, and starring Pernilla August, Vera Vitali and Issaka Sawadogo, White People follows a group of six people as they fight for survival after being locked away. Anna-Maria Kantarius will produce the title for Garagefilm International, and NonStop Entertainment will handle local distribution.
Aschan’s new project is among the three features and three full-length documentaries which the Swedish Film Institute will support with €1.9 million of production funding. White People will receive €0.9 million, while €0.6 million will go to Swedish writer-director Linda-Maria Birbeck’s There Ought to Be Rules. Produced by Linda-Maria Birbeck for Mint, it portrays two 14-year-old girls in a sleepy town as they try to become grown-ups.
Swedish director Fia-Stina Sandlund’s She’s Wild Again Tonight [+see also:
film profile], which was backed by €0.2 million, concludes her trilogy based on August Strindberg’s play Miss Julie; scripted by Josefine Adolfsson, it stars Alexandra Dahlström and Jens Lekmann rehearsing a new, radical interpretation of the play in New York, which turns into a power game. Tobias Janson will produce it for Story.
The documentaries in the package include: Amir Escandari’s Pixadores [+see also:
film profile], about a Brazilian graffiti gang which some people see as artists, while others view them as criminals; Anna Persson and Shaon Chakraborty’s Detained, which goes behind the scenes of the Swedish Migration Board; and Sylvelin Måkestad’s I See You, about the coming-of-age of a blind girl.
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