Swedish film The Yard, directed by Måns Månsson, has been selected for the Forum programme at the Berlin International Film Festival, which takes place between the 11th and 21st of February.
The Yard is based off Kristian Lundberg’s 2009 novel, which screenwriter Sara Nemeth has adapted for film. The film follows Anders, a poet and literary critic who loses his job as a journalist at a newspaper because he has written a book review for a book that doesn’t exist. With no formal education, he ends up in the mundane world of unskilled work, landing in a job as a day labourer at a transshipment hub for car imports in Malmo. He is seen as an outcast and a stranger who must learn to negotiate the suspicions of his immigrant co-workers. At home, the relationship with his teenage son begins to deteriorate and their middle-class lifestyle begins to erode.
The Yard is due for domestic release in Sweden on the 11th of March, but will open the Goteborg Film Festival on the 29th of January. The international premiere of the film is at Berlin.