Strong Swedish Presence at IDFA in Amsterdam
Eight Swedish films are competing in the world’s number 1 documentary film festival IDFA in the Netherlands. Hogir Hirori’s The Deminer, Maryam Ebrahimi’s Stronger Than a Bullet as well as short film Vi bara lyder by Erik Holmström and Fredrik Wenzel, and One Day in Aleppo by Ali Alibrahim has the chance to win at the 13th of the festival in Amsterdam between 15-26 November.
The Deminer by Hogir Hirori has its world premiere at the festival, and competes in the main competition for feature-length films. It is written and directed by Hogir Hirori and produced by Lolay Media and Ginestra Film/Antonio Russo Merenda. The film has received support from Juan Pablo Libossart, who is the documentary film consultant at the Swedish Film Institute (SFI).
Stronger Than a Bullet by Maryam Ebrahimi competes in the section First Appearance. The film has its world premiere at the IDFA, and it is produced by Nimafilm/Nima Sarvestani. It has received support from Cecilia Lidin and Antonio Russo Merenda, documentary consultants at the SFI.
Vi bara lyder by Erik Holmström and Fredrik Wenzel is competing in the Short Doc Competition. It’s based on Roland Paulsen’s book “Vi bara lyder – en berättelse om Arbetsförmedlingen”. The fim has its world premiere at the IDFA, and is produced by Fasad/Hedvig Lundgren, SVT, Film i Väst with the support from Antonio Russo Merenda, the Film Insitute’s former documentary consultant.
One Day in Aleppo by Ali Alibrahim has its international premiere and is part of the Short Doc Competition. The film is produced by Verité Production/Feras Fayyad with support from Jönköping county.
Silvana – väck mig när ni vaknat by Olivia Kastebring, Christina Tsiobanelis, Mika Gustafson has its international premiere and is screened in the section Music Documentary. The film is produced by Mantaray Film/Stina Gardell abd Anna Weitz and has received support from former documentary consultant Antonio Russo Merenda and Juan Pablo Libossart, the current consultant at the SFI.
Rebellkirurgen by Erik Gandini is screened in the section Masters. It is produced by Fasad/Juan Pablo Libossart and Erik Gandini, and it has received support from the Film Institute’s documentary consultant Cecilia Lidin.
Dead Donkeys Fear No Hyenas by Joakim Demmer is screened in the section of Best of Fests. The documentary has been nominated till EFA, the European Film Awards and is produced by WG Film/Margarete Jangård and has received support from Cecilia Lidin, the former documentary film consultant at the SFI.
In the section Best of Fests it is shown Theresa Traore Dahlberg’s Ouaga Girls, which is produced by Momento Film/David Herdies with a support from Antonio Russo Merenda, former documentary consultant at the SFI.
The Danish-Swedish-Finnish co-producion The Distant Barking of Dogs by Simon Lereng Wilmont, with Swedish co-producer Story/Tobias Janson is in the section of First Appearance.
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