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Crystal Bears for two Swedish films in Berlin

SFI Press Release

Two Swedish films won two of the finest film awards that a children  and youth film can get. Beata Gårdeler’s Flocking was awarded with the Crystal Bear for best film in Generation 14plus and Sanna Lenken received the Crystal Bear for best film for her My Skinny Sister in Generation Kplus.

My Skinny Sister is about 12-year-old Stella entering her teens. She compares herself with her perfect older sister Katya, a skating figure talent. When Stella discovers that Katja has a severe eating disorder her family life begins to crumble and Stella is faced with difficult choices. The film features debutantRebekah Josephson and Amy Deasismont, better known as pop star Amy Diamond. My Skinny Sister is the first feature film by director and screenwriterSanna Lenken. Produced by Annika Rogell, Story Film. Sanna Lenken was also given a special mention by the International jury. International sales: Wide (www.widemanagement.com).

Flocking is a story about the adult world’s deceit centered around a teenage girl and her family. The film gives a complex picture of the situation that occurs when a teenage girl accuses a classmate of rape. In the cast of this dark youth drama we see among others Malin Levanon, Ville Virtanen, Henrik Dorsin andEva Melander. The screenplay is written by Emma Broström. Director Beata Gårdeler has previously been nominated for the Guldbagge for the film In Your Veins with Malin Crepin and Joel Kinnaman in the leading roles. The film is produced by Annika Hellström and Agneta Fagerström-Olsson. International sales: Media Luna (www.medialuna.biz).

Both films have been supported by the Swedish Film Institute, film commissionerMagdalena Jangard.

Anja Lind was also given an special mention tonight for her feature Agnes, who competed in Generation Kplus.

These two Crystal Bears and special mentions strengthens the proud Swedish tradition of high-quality children and youth which includes directors such as Lisa Aschan and Ella Lemhagen both of whom have won prizes in the Generation 14plus section.

Emma Vestrheim is the editor-in-chief of Cinema Scandinavia. Originally from Australia, she is now based in Bergen, Norway, and attends major Nordic film festivals to conduct interviews and review new films.