The Swedish Film Institute funds new feature films and documentaries

The Swedish Film Institute has announced its new round of funding, with new films and documentaries being produced.

First off is Goran Kapetanovic’s War, which tells the story of 11-year-old Malte, who moves to a new region with his mother and lands in the middle of a conflict between two gangs of children. With A good mind for strategy, he uses the opportunity to gain leadership, but it all escalates dramatically.

Second is Swedish director Nikeisha Andersson’s Para Knas, which follows Sara and Amida, two friends from the Stockholm suburbs who are wishing to live the wealthy live, so they come up with an idea for an adventure. They spend a night downtown with stolen clothes, wine and the company of a smooth Swede. This changes everything that used to be boring. Para Knas will be produced for Filmlance International.

New documentaries have also been funded by the SFI.  Peå Holmquist and Suzanne Khardalian’s documentary The Second Jerusalem describes a turbulent Jerusalem fifty years after Israel took control. The documentary follows Khaled and other Palestinians who are gradually losing their homes to archeological parks and tunnels; lawyer Ziad gets angry new clients every day while Arieh and other Israeli settlers move in.

Next is Jonny von Wallstrom’s documentary The Pearl of Africa. This documentary follows activist Cleo and her fight for the right to love openly as a transgender person in Uganda. Cleo and her boyfriend are forced to flee the country after being exposed in one of the largest media outlets.


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.