The Swedish Film Institute supports 26 upcoming projects
by Vassilis Economou
- Tomas Alfredson, Eskil Vogt and Thomas Vinterberg are among the recipients of a total grant of nearly €3.5 million
The Swedish Film Institute (SFI) has officially announced its second production funding slate for this year. Among the selected projects are the upcoming films directed by Tomas Alfredson, Thomas Vinterberg and Eskil Vogt, and movies starring Noomi Rapace and Monica Bellucci, along with the sequel to King Fury, with Michael Fassbender and Arnold Schwarzenegger starring. In total, nine feature-length fiction films, six feature documentaries and 11 shorts have been supported by the institute with funds totalling SEK 22.9 million (€2.2 million), SEK 10.67 million (€1,011,500) and SEK 2.65 million (€251,000), respectively.
Starting with the four Swedish majority productions, Jönssonligan is Tomas Alfredson’s first Swedish-language film since Let the Right One In [+see also:
interview: John Nordling
interview: Tomas Alfredson
film profile], and is part of a successful Swedish crime-comedy franchise that was recently rebooted (see the news). The picture has received SEK 1 million (€95,000) and is being produced by Pontus Edgren, Fatima Varhos and Anna Carlsen, for FLX. The Swedish release is scheduled for late 2019 and will be handled by SF Studios. The horror flick Other Side, written and directed by Oskar Mellander and Tord Danielsson, is inspired by real-life events and follows a couple that moves into a haunted house. The evil presence that lives there wants their five-year-old son, whatever the cost. Produced by Gila Bergqvist Ulfung, for Breidablick Film Produktion AB, the film has received SEK 3 million (€284,500).
Apestjernen by Swedish producer-director Linda Hambäck (Gordon & Paddy [+see also:
film profile]) and Petter Lindblad is an animated film about Jonna, an orphaned little girl who is adopted by a gorilla (see the news). The film is being supported to the tune of SEK 10 million (€984,000) and is being produced by the directors, for LEE Film. Finally, Uje, an autobiographical feature written by Swedish musician Uje Brandelius, is about how life, and his life in particular, can take unexpected turns. The film is the directorial debut by actor-comedian Henrik Schyffert and is being produced by Anna-Klara Carlsten and Tomas Michaelsson, for Filmlance International AB, receiving SEK 4 million (€379,000) from the SFI.
As for Swedish minority co-productions, the SFI has supported five more features. Thomas Vinterberg is making Mads Mikkelsen experiment with alcohol in his upcoming Druk (see the news), produced on the Swedish side by Lizette Jonjic, for Zentropa Sweden AB, the company in receipt of the SEK 1.2 million (€114,000) grant. Lamb by first-time Icelandic composer, musician, sound engineer, dancer, director and writer Valdimar Jóhannsson follows a childless couple of sheep farmers. On Christmas Eve, one of their sheep gives birth to a creature that is half human, half lamb, and they decide to take care of it in spite of the consequences. Starring Noomi Rapace, the movie’s script was written by Sjón and Valdimar Jóhannsson, and Piodor Gustafsson, of Sweden’s Black Spark Productions AB, received SEK 1 million (€95,000) in support.
Acclaimed Norwegian scriptwriter-director Eskil Vogt is directing The Innocents, a thriller in which four children’s innocent play suddenly takes a frightening turn when unexpected things begin to happen. On the Swedish side, producer Lizette Jonjic, for Zentropa Sweden AB, received SEK 1 million (€95,000) in support. The Man Who Sold His Skin by Tunisian director Kaouther Ben Hania (Beauty and the Dogs [+see also:
interview: Kaouther Ben Hania
film profile]) follows a Syrian refugee who agrees to get his back fully tattooed by an artist in order to flee the country and meet his fiancée in Europe. Monica Bellucci is playing one of the roles, and the beneficiary of the amount of SEK 700,000 (€66,500) is producer Andreas Rocksén, of Laika Film & Television AB.
Following the success of his short B movie King Fury, David Sandberg is starring in and directing the feature-length sequel, King Fury 2, which will be a cult action-comedy set in Miami in 1985. The city is being protected by the titular cop, but a mysterious villain emerges from the shadows. Starring Michael Fassbender, Arnold Schwarzenegger and David Hasselhoff, the film received SEK 1 million (€95,000) for its producers Fredrik Heinig and Pelle Nilsson, of B-Reel Films AB.
Finally, six documentaries received backing from the Swedish Film Institute: Always Amber by Hannah Reinikainen and Lia Hietala, produced by Story AB, with SEK 1.5 million (€142,000); Genesis by David Herdies and Michael Krotkiewski, produced by Momento Film AB, with SEK 1.85 million (€175,000); Push [+see also:
film profile] by Fredrik Gertten, produced by WG Film AB, with SEK 1.85 million (€175,000); Samtidigt på Jorden by Carl Olsson, produced by De Andra Film AB, with SEK 1.57 million (€148,800); Scheme Birds by Ellen Fiske and Ellinor Hallin, produced by Sisyfos Film Production, with SEK 2 million (€189,500); and Stop at Idomeni by David Aronowitsch, produced by Story AB, with SEK 1.9 million (€180,000).
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