Swedish director Josef Fares releases new video game

The Swedish director Josef Fares has moved away from making movies and has instead turned his attention on video games.

His latest game, A Way Out, is a story-driven game where two players work together as a pair of convicts to escape from prison and hide from the police.

The game has sold more copies in its first two weeks than distributor EA predicted it would sell in its lifetime. It was predicted to sell 894,000 across its lifetime, yet 1 million copies has been sold in the first two weeks.

One of the lead characters may look familiar to you; Josef Fares used his brother Fares Fares for one of the characters! We of course recognise Fares Fares from the Department Q films, where he plays the lead character Assad.

Josef Fares was part of a new wave of second generation immigrant directors that emerged in Sweden at the start of the millennium. He directed the hit comedy Jalla! Jalla! and went on to direct Zozo and Kopps. He was expected to be one of the biggest directors in Sweden, but moved across to making video games, where he has found great success and praised the medium over film (here’s an interview where he critiques Roger Ebert for saying film can never be art).

You can watch the trailer for A Way Out below.


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.