New Swedish ‘Nordic Noir’ in the works

Swedish director Drazen Kuljanin is currently working on his next film, Filter, which has been described as Swedish Nordic Noir.

Set to star in the film are Johannes Bah Kuhnke (Force Majeure) and Disa Östrand (Arne Dahl).

Filter takes place in the Balkans and has a poetic smoke-filled story about revenge, told in twenty scenes. The film follows a woman’s desperate search for her daughter who disappeared without a trace in the Balkans. Seven months after the disappearance, the woman (played by Östrand) returns to Montenegro for revenge. Only when she smokes do we follow her quest for the truth.

“Each scene starts with someone lights a cigarette and ends when the person puts it out” says Drazen Kuljanin.

Kuljanin’s first film was How to Stop a Wedding (pictured), which was shot over a five hour train journey between Malmo and Stockholm. The film won the award for best debut film at the A Film Festival in Warsaw in 2014, and a Turkish remake is in production.

Filter is shot on location in Montenegro in co-production with Way Creative Films, Film i Skåne and Galileo production from Montenegro.

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.