Lone Scherfig’s new film supported by the Swedish Film Institute

Lone Scherfig, who has been seeing international success with her recent film Their Finest, is returning home (somewhat) for her latest film, Secrets from the Russian Tea Room.

The film, which is a Danish film and shot in English, will be set in New York and follow five people’s individual struggles and how they change each other’s lives through compassion, kindness and love.

The film channels similar themes to her Italian For Beginners, a Dogme95 film that has become one of the most successful Danish films in cinema history.

Secrets from the Russian Tea Room will be produced by Danish production company Creative Alliance. The film has received 1 million SEK from the Swedish Film Institue.

Other films that have received funding in the latest round from the SFI include the Utøya massacre documentary Reconstructing Utøya. You can view the full list of titles here. 

Read our interview with Lone Scherfig about Italian for Beginners and Their Finest here. 


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.