Swedish Shorts with Film Institute Funding in November 2014

The documentary In Dependence by Henriika Hemmi is a Swedish-Finnish co-production about Tuula and Esko, a couple who balance their lives in the shadow of alcoholism and co-dependency. When Esko dies, Tuula promises never to let an alcoholic into her life again. But she gets a new boyfriend, and he drinks too much as well.

Johan Löfstedt’s hybrid film Smalltown (Småstad), which combines documentary with fiction, looks at what happens to the survivors when a family member passes away. The director intertwines documentary pictures from his and his family’s past with newly shot material. The film is part of the Moving Sweden initiative.

Short films include Afternoon Tea by Maria Fredriksson, a continuation of Coffee Time (Elvakaffe), in which the same group of elderly ladies meet up for tea and pastries. First time round the subject was sex and cohabitation, this time they discuss death.

Ştefan Constantinescu continues his series of films on love with the Swedish-Romanian co-production The Prologue (Prologen), a story about the pain involved when a relationship comes to an end. How long does it take for two people to destroy everything that has passed between them?

One film has been awarded automatic funding: the comedy Happy Hour in Paradise (Prästen i paradiset) by Kjell Sundvall sees Kjell Bergqvist playing a drinking, gambling Church of Sweden priest in Thailand. The Prime Minister is due to visit, and new deacon Eva Röse has a tough time getting both the priest and the congregation ready.


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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.