Swedish Film Institute supports six international co-productions

The Swedish Film Institute has announced it will be supporting six new international co-productions. Here are the fix films:

Tom of Finland, the first English-language feature from Dome Karukoski, follows the story of homosexual Finnish artist Touko Laaksonen, named the most influential creator of gay pornographic images. This film will be co-produced by Sweden’s Anagram Vast, and is produced by Finland’s Helsinki Filmi.

The Danish ballet film, directed by Birgitte Staermose, stars Danica Curcic as a ballerina and Sweden’s Gustaf Skarsgård as her choreographer husband. The Danish Zentropa production now includes Sweden’s Zentropa, and the institute will back the project with €108,000.

The animated children’s thriller Next Door Spy, directed by Karla von Bengtson, tells the story of a lone wolf who dreams of being a master detective. When she moves to a new neighbourhood she takes on a theft case, which seems simple at first glance but in fact turns out to be far more complicated. The Copenhagen Bombay Rights produced film will join with CB Sverige and receive €65,000.

The Danish documentary Bobbi Jene, directed by Elvira Lind, follows an American dancer who, after ten years as a star with Tel Aviv’s Batsheva Dance Company, decides to leave both the company and the love of her life, and returns to the US to create her own material. Denmark’s Sonntag Pictures are partnering with Sweden’s French Quarter Film and will receive €40,000.

Norwegian director Mats Grorud will use pupped and 2D animation in The Tower, which follows 11 year old Warda, a fourth generation refugee during surrealistic everyday life in a Palestinian camp. Produced by Norway’s Tenk TV, Sweden’s Cinenic Film is the Swedish co-producer and will receive €86,000 from the institute.

Finally is the Polish film Game Count, directed by Agnieszka Holland and telling the story of a dog lover in a remote corner of the Polish countryside. When Duszejko’s own dog disappears, she defends other animals from local hunts and ends up the main suspect of a murder case. This film will be produced with Poland’s TOR Film with co-production from Sweden’s The Chimney Pot Sverige, and has been granted €86,000 by the 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.