New Nordic films receive funding from the Swedish Film Institute

The Swedish Film Institute has announced its next round of funding, with a mix of Nordic films receiving a boost.

Here are the feature films and documentaries that received funding:

  • And Breath Normally (Iceland): Directed by Isold Uggadottir, the film is set on the outskirts of Iceland’s main airport where the lives of two women cross – just briefly – confined in unforseen circumstances. An asylum seeker and a struggling Icelandic single mother form an unlikely bond. Both are fighting to get their lives back on track.
  • Aniara (Sweden): Directed by Pella Kågerman and Hugo Lilja, the film is based on Nobel Prize-winning author Harry Martinson’s space epic. Produced by Meta Film Stockholm AB.
  • Borg/McEnroe (Sweden): Directed by Janz Metz Pedersen, the film is about the world’s two best tennis players, who even in their early twenties felt like prisoners in their own careers.
  • The Charmer (Denmark): This film is directed by Milad Alami and follows Iranian Esmail, who is being deported from Denmark and is fighting desperately to stay. When he meets Danish-Persian Sara, Esmail falls in love with her, but time is running out. Produced by Good Company Films and Garagefilm International.
  • What a Circus! (Denmark) Directed by Lotte Svensen, this film is above all a declaration of love for the magic of circus and alternative family life. But also a serious film about the consequences of unresolved adult conflict. A film about lies and insights, but also the ability to forgive and work together – for the children! A universal story set in a different, entertaining environment. Produced by Asta Film and GötaFilm International AB.
  • Cold Case Hammarskjöld (Denmark, documentary): Directed by Mads Brügger, the film follows the circumstances surrounding the air crash in Ndola. The UN now wants to investigate whether it was an attack. Filmmaker Mats Brügger and amateur researcher Göran Björkdahl decide to find out the truth about Dag Hammarskjöld’s death. Produced by Wingman Media and Laika Film & Television.
  • En Svensk Tiger (Sweden, documentary): Directed by Carl Svensson. On a train, Swedish diplomat Göran von Otter receives one of the first witness testimonies about the Holocaust from SS officer Kurt Gerstein. Göran’s daughter Birgitta sets off to meet Gerstein’s daughter. The women are linked by a meeting between their fathers. An emotional story of shame, guilt and personal responsibility. Produced by Filmkreatörerna AB.
  • The House That Jack Built (Denmark): Directed by Lars von Trier. The US in the 1970s. We follow Jack over 12 years, and through the murders he commits we see the development of a serial killer. Produced by Zentropa
  • Notherland (Sweden, documentary): Directed by Alexander Rynéus, Malla Grapengiesser, Per Bifrost. Hope, dreams, fighting for a cause, menstrual rebellion, municipal commissioners, new Swedes, youths, factory owners, fairy-tales, magical nature, cows and much more are interwoven in a narrative about life in one of Sweden’s smallest municipalities, with Sweden’s smallest central town and the municipality with the most small farms and the second highest cow population. Produced by Fosfor Produktion AB.
  • Memory Games (Germany, documentary): Directed by Janet Tobias, Claus Wehlisch. Memory Games follows memory masters from Germany, Sweden and the US on their way to the World Memory Championships. With unique, animated visualisation techniques, we are given tips and strategies that the geniuses use to remember incredible amounts of data.
  • My Mother (Sweden, documentary): Directed by Maj Wechselmann. Regina was born in Ukraine in 1902 in a Jewish village, her family fled from early massacres of Jews. She was smuggled out of Ukraine, alone, in 1923, and worked her way up through Europe with no passport. She became a union organiser in Montreal in the 1920s, met my Danish father, and fled to Sweden in 1944, heavily pregnant. A courageous woman during hard times. Produced by Produktionsgruppen Wechselmann AB.
  • Morran och Tobias – Som en skänk från ovan (Sweden) – pictured – : Directed by Mats Lindberg. A tragi-comic documentary-like film about a family on the outside of society. They only have each other, cigarettes and online shopping. A fire gives them the chance for a fresh start – but the new is suspiciously like the old. Produced by Jarowskij Sverige AB.
  • Thelma (Norway): Directed by Joachim Trier. Thelma is a supernatural thriller about a young woman who, as she finds love, discovers she has frightening supernatural powers. Produced by Motlys and B-Reel Films.
  • The Wife (Denmark): Directed by Björn Runge. For 40 years, Joan has sacrificed her dreams and talents to pander to her charismatic husband Joe and his stratospheric career in the literary world. Their long marriage has been built on a very uneven foundation, and Joan has finally had enough. On the night Joe is to receive the Nobel Prize in Literature, the highlight of his success story, Joan finally decides to reveal the big secret. Produced by Meta Film and Black Sparks Productions.

For more information and the shorts that received funding, head to the Swedish Film Institute. 


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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.