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The Swedish director Maria Blom has started principal photography on her fifth feature film, titled Monky.

The main character of the film is a half-metre tall CGI animated monkey, which will be added after the live cast have shot their scenes.

Monky follows the life of an ordinary family with a special member – Monky, who takes the family and the village on a mental journey. Written by Anders Weidemann, Monky also stars Johan Petersson, Frida Hallgren, Julius Jimenez Hugosen, Shebly Niavarani and Matilda Forss Lindström.

Blom’s feature debut, Dalecarlians (2004) – originally written for and staged by Sweden’s Dalateatern, which she adapted for the screen – sold more than 800,000 tickets in Sweden and received three Guldbaggers, the national film award, including for Best Film and Best Screenplay.

Monky is shooting in Gothenburg, Sweden, and will premiere over Christmas in 2017.