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STOCKHOLM 2018 Industry

25 new Nordic projects showcased at the Stockholm Industry Days

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- A lively market programme at the 29th Stockholm International Film Festival lifted the lid on a vast variety of Nordic works in progress

25 new Nordic projects showcased at the Stockholm Industry Days
The team behind the Sisters miniseries pitching at the WIP presentation (© Yasmin Selway)

Strengthening its position as a major Nordic venue for all things cinema, the Stockholm International Film Festival's Industry Days furnished a lively programme for its 2018 edition. The market days took place from 13-15 November with additional events spread across the festival, including seminars, master classes and panel discussions. 

A total of 25 new Nordic feature-film, television and short-film projects at various stages from script development to post-production were revealed in the Work in Progress programme. Five of them were part of the STHLM Debut initiative, “aimed at supporting feature-film directors and producers in the greater capital region of Stockholm”, with another five part of the “micro budget” Moving Sweden project, offering “new and experienced filmmakers a chance to challenge their creativity and explore new formats – films of 60, 45 and 30 minutes as well as short series.” 

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The Swedish, Finnish, Icelandic and Norwegian titles offered impressive variety, courtesy of seasoned players and newcomers alike. The Most Beautiful Boy in the World by experienced documentarians Kristina Lindström (Palme [+see also:
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) and Kristian Petri (The Well), and produced by Stina Gardell (Ingrid Bergman: In Her Own Words), is an account of Björn Andrésen, a fairly regular Stockholm teenager until 1971, when his casting as Tadzio in Luchino Visconti’s adaptation of Death in Venice gave him instant and irrevocable icon status. 

The Sprinter, the first feature by Sebastian Lagerkvist, stars David Nzinga (A Hustler's Diary [+see also:
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) as a talented runner, torn between an Olympic dream and the burden of single parenthood. Mika Gustafson, one of the co-directors of Silvana [+see also:
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, has her first long solo flight in the works: Sisters is a coming-of-age tale of three young girls on a council estate struggling to stay together. Sisters also happens to be the title of a miniseries set in 1968, as a keen young temp reporter at a sleepy Swedish small-town newspaper stirs things up when the student protests start breaking out in Paris. Kristina Humle (Love & Happiness) is directing, with production by Emma Åkesdotter Ronge and Martin Persson, and world sales by The Yellow Affair.

The programme also included a master class with Asghar Farhadi, the recipient of this year’s Stockholm Visionary Award, and screenings of photographer Mattias Klum’s The Young Sea, followed by a Q&A, as well as Michael Moore’s Fahrenheit 11/9.

The festival wrapped on 18 November.

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