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17 new films for 2005

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Established directors Kjell-Åke Andersson (The Christmas Oratorio), Kjell Sundvall (In Bed With Santa), Kristian Petri (Details) or Lisa Ohlin (Waiting For the Tenor) and up-and-coming Kristina Humle are among the 17 filmmakers whose new feature films are part of the Spring-Summer collection of new Swedish films unveiled yesterday during a press conference orchestrated by the Swedish Film Institute and the Swedish Film Producers Association.

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The 17 new films presented to a platform of Swedish industry professionals, will be released between January 14 and August 8 2005 by six local distributors. Sonet Film, the biggest producer/distributor of Swedish films presented four new titles starting with Kristina Humle’s debut feature Krama Mig (Minna Was Here) produced by Memfis Film’s Lars Jönsson. Also on Sonet’s listing are Kjell-Sundvall’s new film Vinnare och Förlorare (Winner and Loser) produced by the usual partner Filmlance Production, Kocken (The Cook), a film by Mats Arehn starring Kjell Bergqvist, and the comedy Sex, Hopp och Kärlek (Sex, Hope and Love) reuniting popular director Lisa Ohlin and production company Illusion Film. Other titles to watch are Triangle Film’s Brunnen (The Bridge) by talented director Kristian Petri, a bio-film about Orson Welles’ career in film and theatre.

Swedish traditional family fares will include the Finnish co-production Pelikanmannen by Liisa Helminen produced by Migma Film and distributed next February by Buena Vista, as well as Som Man Bäddar, a comedy by Maria Essén produced by Omega Film to be released next March by Columbia tri Star.
Swedish actress Frida Hallgren who is racing for a Swedish Oscar (Guldbagge Award) in the Best actress category for her role in the critical and box office success As It Is In Heaven (over 1.2m admissions in Sweden), was also present at the press conference to support Kjell Sundvall’s new film.

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