The Swedish Film Institute backs new projects by Ruben Östlund and Lisa Langseth

The Swedish Film Institute has granted funding to new Swedish films.

The first is The Square by Ruben Östlund, whose latest film, Force Majeure, won a total of 31 international awards, including the Un Certain Regard at Cannes.

“A stylish, pertinent, satirical drama that revolves around some of our most important contemporary issues,” is how Stockholm’s Plattform Produktion describes Östlund’s script, which takes place in a free zone where all people have the same rights and obligations.

The film has started principal photography and is due for release in 2017.

Next is a new film from Lisa Langseth, who will be directing Euphoria. Alicia Vikander will star in the film and has a long history with Langseth – they previously worked together on Pure (2009) and Hotell (2013).

With Ingmar Bergman’s 100th birthday to be celebrated in 2018 will have a huge lineup of celebration films, including Jan Magnusson who will be making her contribution through a documentary and three-part television series, titled Bergman.

Rojda Emanuelsson’s first feature, Dream On, will be produced by 2afilm and follows Mirja and her friends in the suburbs after she is released from a stretch in prison.


Lastly, the SFI also chipped in for two Nordic co-productions: Finnish director Selma Vilhunen’s Hobbyhorse Sisters and Danish directorJanus Metz’s Between Two Worlds.

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.