The Swedish Film Institute held its presentation of autumn releases on the 21st of August. The selection of films introduced is without doubt of great variety in terms of style, genre and topic. Additionally, the event was also a quick reminder of the recent success achieved by Swedish films in the festival circuit.
Film Autumn (Filmhöst in Swedish) was kicked off by Anna Serner, the head of the Swedish Film Institute, who started with the brief summary of the recent international recognition of Swedish films. The Nile Hotel Incident directed by Tarik Saleh won the prize of the World Cinema Grand Jury Prize: Dramatic at the Sundance Film Festival in January, Ruben Östlund’s latest The Square won the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival in May, and the film Borg/McEnroe written by acclaimed author Ronnie Sandahl known for Underdog opens the Toronto International Film Festival in September.
Eva Hamilton, the new head of the Swedish Film & TV Producers Association (Film & TV producenterna), was mainly talking about the current state of Swedish cinema, and the film agreement, which was renewed a few years ago and it came into effect this year. However, the stakeholders in the industry weren’t impressed by it and attacked it on many levels. Now the industry takes action and aims at renewing the current film politics. Hamilton promises it is going to be transparent, sustainable and modern. She mentioned the Finnish and Norwegian film politics as examples, and she also questioned the current practice, namely that Swedish films are filmed abroad. Felix Herngren’s The Hundred Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared (Hundraåringen som klev ut genom fönstret och försvann) was filmed in Hungary, for example. “Why should we film in Budapest if we have a Stockholm here?”, she asked.
After the short speeches delivered by Serner and Hamilton, the film-makers including actors, directors, producers, screenwriters, musicians entered the stage and answered a few questions concerning their films. This autumn Swedish cinemas are definitely welcoming a wide range of fiction films, documentaries and animations. Both the large number of female film-makers, female stories and the increased number of documentaries are quite noticeable. This also shows the effort the Swedish Film Institute puts into gender quality. When it comes documentaries, it is interesting to see that personal stories such as a Finnish graffiti artist Jussi’s, a Swedish female rapper Silvana’s, Formula 1 pilot Ronnie Peterson’s, composer Johnny Bode’s, tennis player Björn Borg’s or musician Lars Winnerbäck’s, are more dominant this autumn.
The most awaited pieces are probably Ruben Östlund’s film The Square, Tarik Saleh’s The Nile Hotel Incident and Janus Metz’s Borg/McEnroe, but for taking a glimpse into what Swedish film-makers up to nowadays, it’s worth exploring other titles, too.
Here is the list of films (in their original title) to be released this autumn:
- Superswede directed by Henrik Jansson-Schweizer (premiering on the 16th of August, distributed by NonStop Entertainment)
- Ouaga Girls directed by Theresa Traore Dahlberg (premiering on the 25th of August, distributed by Folkets Bio)
- The Square directed by Ruben Östlund (premiering on the 25th of August, distributed by TriArt Film)
- Becker – Kungen av Tingsryd directed by Martin Larsson (premiering on the 1st of September, distributed by Scanbox Entertainment)
- Borg directed by Janus Metz (premiering on the 8th of September, distributed by Nordisk Film)
- Trafikljusen blir blå imorgon directed by Ragnhild Ekner (premiering on the 8th of September, distributed by Folkets Bio)
- Silvana – Väck mig när ni vaknat directed by Mika Gustafson, Olivia Kastebring, Christina Tsiobanelis (premiering on the 15th of September, distributed by TriArt Film)
- Märta Proppmätt directed by Petra Revenue, Samir Arabzadeh (premiering on the 23rd of September, distributed by Folkets Bio)
- Efter Inez directed by Karin Ekberg (released on the 29th of September, distributed by Karin Ekberg)
- The Nile Hilton Incident directed by Tarik Saleh (released on the 29th of September, distributed by Scanbox Entertainment)
- Winnerbäck – ett slags liv directed by Øystein Karlsen (premiering on the 6th of October, distributed by SF Studios)
- Korparna directed by Jens Assur (premiering on the 13th October TriArt Film)
- Shapeshifters directed by Sophie Vuković (premiering on the 20th of October, distributed by Folkets Bio)
- Vilken jävla cirkus directed by Helena Bergström (premiering on the 20th of October, distributed by SF Studios)
- Krig directed by Goran Kapetanović (premiering on the 27th of October, distributed by Folkets Bio)
- 7333 sekunder Johanna directed by Anette Skåhlberg (premiering in October, distributed by S.T.O.P.Film)
- Ingen tid för kärlek – en film om Johnny Bode directed by Bo Sjökvist (premiering on the 3rd of November, distributed by TriArt Film)
- All Inclusive directed by Karin Fahlén (premiering on the 10th of November, distributed by Nordisk Film)
- Lyubov – kärlek på ryska directed by Staffan Julén & Svetlana (premiering on the 11th of November, distributed by TriArt Film)
- Solsidan directed by Felix Herngren, Måns Herngren (premiering on the 1st of December, distributed by SF Studios)
- Gordon & Paddy directed by Linda Hambäck (premiering on the 22nd of December, distributed by TriArt Film)
- Monky directed by Maria Blom (premiering on the 22nd of December, distributed by Nordisk Film)
- Ted – För kärlekens skull directed by Hannes Holm – premiär December, distributed by Nordisk Film)