Three Swedish Films to Be Screened in Berlinale’s Children and Youth Section

Three additional Swedish films are set to compete at this year’s Berlin International Film Festival. Julia Thelin’s Tweener, Uzi Geffenblad’s Out Fishing and Olivia Kastebring’s Thrust have been selected for Generation, the festival’s children and youth section.

Tweener by Julia Thelin has been selected for Generation Kplus at Berlinale. The film has its world premiere at the Göteborg Film Festival later this month, where it will compete for the Startsladden Award.

The film is about the 13-year-old Jaana and her best friend Bettan, who both practise wrestling. Jaana’s goal is to advance to the more experienced group. They are well on their way, however, their friendship suddenly changes, as Bettan begins focusing on life beyond the wrestling mat. Jaana is faced with the difficult decision whether to follow her best friend or follow her dream. Tweener is a film for anyone who has ever been overwhelmed by personal feelings. On the wrestling mat, emotions are granted a physical release.

Tweener is produced by Eliza Jones and Markus Waltå for Grand Slam Film. The film received funding from the Swedish Film Institute’s Moving Sweden commissioner Helen Ahlsson. Julia Thelin, born in 1991, is a scriptwriter and director. She has directed dance films, music videos and short film Push It, which competed at the 2017 Cannes Festival.

Out Fishing by Uzi Geffenblad will also compete in the Generation Kplus section at Berlinale. The film has its world premiere at Lilla Filmfestivalen (Children’s Film Festival) in Gothenburg. This animated short tells the tale of Betty, a hungry, lonely girl whose time fishing in the river returns nothing but scraps. In a sudden moment of inspiration, Betty dreams up a creative solution. However, the road to success is lined with traps. 

Out Fishing is produced by Uzi Geffenblad for Zigzag Animation, and received funding from the Swedish Film Institute’s previous short film commissioner Andreas Fock. Uzi Geffenblad is a director, scriptwriter and composer, and has directed award-winning animated shorts, including the Spot and Splodge series and Aston’s Presents.

The short documentary Thrust will screen in the Generation 14plus section at Berlinale. Prior to this, the film has its world premiere at the Göteborg Film Festival, where it will compete for the Startsladden Award. Thrust is directed by Olivia Kastebring, who co-wrote the film’s script with co-directors Julia Gumpert and Ulrika Bandeira. The film follows women in the JUCK dance group, who pose the question: What is femininity? Performing in public places, they challenge and push at the boundaries of how women’s bodies are expected to move. Panting, thrusting and incessant, they occupy the public space with an intense, intent gaze.

Thrust is produced by Dea Saracevic for Bad Land, and received funding from the Swedish Film Institute’s documentary film commissioner Klara Grunning. Olivia Kastebring is also one of the co-directors currently up for a Guldbagge Award for the documentary entitled Silvana.

Feaured photo: Julia Mård
Source: SFI

Barbara Majsa

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