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Record Year for Swedish Film in 2017

The film year 2017 was a great year for Swedish Film based on the statistics the Swedish Film Institute (SFI) has published. Swedish films had a great year both in Sweden and abroad, and Swedish critics also gave higher scores to national productions than in previous years.

Swedish films were often in the spotlight in both Sweden and foreign countries. Ruben Östlund’s The Square won the Palme d’Or in Cannes. Borg vs. McEnroe, Ravens and many short films have opened film festivals all around the world and took home prizes. Many films enjoyed a huge public success, and Alexander Skarsgård has become the first actor to win a Golden Globe.

Film-makers have so many stories that deserve to receive great conditions to become great films. It is gratifying to see that the general quality is increasing through clearer requirements and goal management. Now, I hope that the Swedish public will understand that how much it is worth paying for and seeing Swedish films.

—Anna Serner, CEO at SFI

Films premiered in Sweden ended up on a list created by the Swedish Film Institute. The list was created by using scores given by reviewers in Swedish media. They included 15 sources such as Swedish daily press, TV, radio, online cultural sites with different approaches and target groups. When the numbers were summarised, it became visible that 2017 was a record year for Swedish film.

Based on film reviews, Sámi Blood is 2017’s third best film compared to international titles. Only the films Moonlight and Call Me by Your Name rank higher. When it comes to domestic titles, it takes the first place. The Square comes second, The Nile Hilton Incident third and the documentary Citizen Schein fourth.

Photo: Oskar Östergren

Source: Swedish Film Institute

Barbara Majsa

Barbara is a journalist, editor and film critic. She usually does interviews with film-makers, artists, designers, and writes about cinema, design and books.

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