New round of Swedish Film Institute funding awarded

via Swedish Film Institute press release

Stockholm My Love is an alternative journey through Sweden’s capital, seen through the eyes of Northern Irish director Mark Cousins and legendary cameraman Christopher Doyle, featuring Neneh Cherry. Among the latest 30 projects receiving funding from the Swedish Film Institute are films by Suzanne Osten, Stefan Jarl, Fanni Metelius and Ella Lemhagen.

Ella Lemhagen makes her first American film, All Roads Lead to Rome, a romcom featuring Sarah Jessica Parker and Claudia Cardinale. Stefan Jarls End of the Day (Aftonland) is a poetic war film in a world reminiscent of Sweden with Mikael Persbrandt (In a Better World, Hobbit) in the lead.

Fanni Metelius (recently in Force Majeure) directs her first feature  The Boyfriend (Jag vill inte bli gammal nu), a study in how the balance of power in a relationship can change. A tale of liberation, sexuality and love. Metelius directs, produces, writes, edits and plays the lead.

Producer Fredrik Wikström Nicastro (Easy Money 1-3) has two projects – geological dramathriller The Wave (Bölgen) by Norwegian director Roar Uthaugand Fang Rung by Danish director Max Kestner, about time travels in 2095.

Veteran director/screenwriter/professor for film and theatre Suzanne Osten görThe Girl the Mother and the Demons (Flickan, mamman och demonerna) written with Erik Uddenberg, based on their play. It’s a thriller for children about a girl whose mother has a mental illness.

There are also gruesome films for children in short form, in the shape of Boy-Razor by Peter Pontikis, in which a boy takes revenge on his bullies by sticking a razor blade into a water slide. The short documentary Ruth by Hanna Heilborn is also for children. It follows a young Ruth, who defies prejudice and stands up for herself and her cheerleading team.

Also, automatic funding has been granted Ulf Malmros upcoming project Flykten till framtiden (English title tba)

For more information, head to the Swedish Film Institute

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.