In the last two months, the Swedish Film Institute has announced funding for some major names.

First off, it’s Pernilla August. She won the critics prize in 2010 at the Venice Film Festival for Beyond. She has received funding for The Serious Game, which is based on the classic Swedish novel by Hjalmar Söderberg. The movie is about the bittersweet love between Lydia and Arvid at the patriarchal turn-of-the-century Sweden.

Next up is Pyromaniac by the Nord Erik Skjoldbjaerg. The film is about a young pyromaniac who lights a fire, causing an inferno. The local police attempt to find the culprit, but unearth a true no one is after.

Other films include:

  • Frida Kempff’s documentary Winter Buoy, which is set in Toronto and follows pregnant women who live on the street
  • Tora Mårten’s documentary about dancing Martha and Niki, which follows the first women who became the world champions of hip hop.
  • Short film Curiosity and Control by Albin Biblom, which looks at aspects of human behaviour amongst natural history museums.

Read a statement by the Swedish Film Institute here