Susanne Bier and Benny Andersson from ABBA Receive SFI Funding

Susanne Bier (In a Better World) is back with the Danish-Swedish A Second Chance (En chance til). Benny Andersson (ABBA) produces the Swedish fantasy book The Circle (Cirkeln), about young witches in modern Sweden, and Academy Award-nominated Patrik Eklund examines craniums in Of Biblical Proportions. These and other films were awarded production funding by the Swedish Film Institute in June and August.

Foto: Niklas Alexandersson
Photo: Niklas Alexandersson

Six teenage girls discover they are witches and have to work together to save the world. The Circle (Cirkeln) is the first part in the popular Engelsfors trilogy of fantasy books. Levan Akin directs and Benny Andersson is one of the producers.

Susanne Bier is one of the leading Nordic directors of her generation, with films such as Brothers (Bröder) (2004) and Things We Lost in the Fire (2007). A Second Chance (En chance til), with Nicolaj Coster-Waldau in the lead role, is a film about right and wrong produced by Zentropa.

Bitte Andersson’s debut, the action comedy Dyke Hard follows a lesbian hard rock band’s fight against ninjas, cyborgs and roller-derby girls.

Axel Petersén received great acclaim for his feature debut Avalon (2012). His new Under the Pyramide (Under pyramiden) is an adventure thriller about art and smuggling set in Scandinavia, Tel Aviv and Egypt.

Other films include Ballon by Lisa Ohlin (Simon and the Oaks), about a battle-injured soldier given rehabilitation by a ballet dancer, The Giant (Jätten) byJohannes Nyholm (Cannes participant and YouTube success Las Palmas), about Rikard’s fight to be allowed to play boules and be reunited with his mother,Alexandra-Therese Keining’s Boys (Pojkarna), a supernatural teen movie about the importance of gender, and Of Biblical Proportions by the Cannes-awarded Patrik Eklund, a short film in which a scientist finds a cranium that may have belonged to Jesus.



See the list of films over at 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.