Hannes Holm preparing biopic about 70s pop idol

Swedish director Hannes Holm, known for A Man Called Ove, is working on a new project about the iconic Swedish singer/songwriter Ted Gärdestad.

Known in the 1970s as a musical talent, Gärdestad had several of his albums produced by two members of ABBA, Benny Andersson and Bjorn Ulvaeus. At age seventeen he released his first album, Wonders, and in 1979 he represented Sweden at the Eurovision Song Contest with his song Satellite, as always written by his brother Kenneth Gärdestad. In the early 1980s he left music to join a religious group, but then returned to the music scene in the 1990s. Suffering from depression, he committed suicide aged 41.

Adam Pålsson will play Ted Gärdestad and the film will be written by Peter Birro and produced by Lena Rehnberg, who collaborated on the award-winning film Waltz for Monica. Kenneth Gärdestad is backing the project and has been involved since inception.

Scripter Peter Birro and producer Lena Rehnberg (Stella Nova) who collaborated on the award-winningWaltz for Monica are teaming up again on this yet untitled new biopic.

Stella Nova’s Rehnberg is producing with Cecilia Forsberg-Becker, in collaboration with Film Väst, Nordisk Film, TV4 and Universal. Delivery date is set for late 2017.

Meanwhile Stella Nova’s latest mainstream comedy I Love You (Jag älskar dig-en skilsmässokomedi)was launched on Swedish screens last Friday. Our review and interview of the film will be released in the November issue of Cinema Scandinavia, due for release on the 26th of October.

Photo: Adam Pålsson / Photo by Nicklas Thegerstrom


Emma Vestrheim

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.

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