New Swedish films in production

The Swedish Film Institute has announced a lineup of new films that we can be looking forward to. They include:

  • The Boyfriend (Jag Vill Inte Bli Gammal Nu) – directed by Fanni Metelius. “Like her shorts it shows the relationships between guys and girls and sexuality from a female perspective,” said Andrea Reuter of the SFI, speaking to ScreenDaily at last week’s Way Out West festival in Goteborg. The film is now shooting in Stockholm with Garage Film producing and Film Vast also investing.
  • The Square dir. Ruben Ostlund. SFI executive Theo Tsappos described the film: “It’s in development. I’m not sure which way it will turn. It’s about an inner city square. Inside the square there is 10-square metres where you can do anything. There are no rules, only morals…people want to use the square for good, people can ask for help. Homeless people start to come there.” Ostlund’s own company Platform will produce and the film is aiming to premiere at Cannes, 2017. In April, Ostlund made an art installation square in the southern Swedish town of Varnamo and explored the film’s concepts in an art gallery.
  • Platform is also producing the debut feature of Ninja Thyberg, who has made a number of award-winning shorts including Girls and Boys, Pleasure, Catwalk and Hot Chicks. Thyberg’s feature will follow a Swedish girl in Los Angeles who wants to make it in the porn industry. The as-yet-untitled film will shoot in 2016.

Notable documentaries in-the-works for SFI include Erik Gandini’s A Swedish Theory Of Love, about how ideas from the 1970s have shaped Swedish society today; and Lawen Mohtadi and Gellert Tamas’ Taikon, about a Romany-rights campaigner and author (the latter had its world premiere at Way Out West).

There are also new films coming from Lisa Langseth (now in development); Lisa Aschan (now finishing White People) and Daniel Espinosa (about to start shooting The Emigrants).

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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.