Next film from the director of Easy Money 2 and good news for the kids

Children’s and family films, and new projects from Babak Najafi and Hannes Holm get production funding in May.

Photo: Jody Lee Lipes
Bluebird. Photo: Jody Lee Lipes

Babak NajafiSebbe and the coming Easy Money 2 (Snabba Cash 2) – makes the short documentary The Day My Dad Was Shot (Gabriel och Lasermannen), in which he meets 19-year-old Gabriel. Gabriel’s father was shot by the Stockholm-based ‘Laser Man’ killer 14 years ago.

Hannes Holm follows up the archipelago drama Behind Blue Skies (Himlen är oskyldigt blå) with family comedy Tosh in Greece (Sune i Grekland – All inclusive), about a young boy called Tosh and his powers of charm over girls. Popular children’s comic character Bamse the Bear hits the big screen in his first feature length film. In Bamse and the City of Thieves (Bamse och Tjuvstaden), the kind bear and his friends show that the best weapon against evil is friendship.

Swedish-American co-production Bluebird, by feature debutant Lance Edmands, is produced by Erika Wasserman (Avalon and Burrowing). Stars include Adam Driver from TV show Girls and John Slattery, and the film follows a poor modern American community through a logging town in Maine, where one woman’s tragic mistake has profound, unexpected consequences.

Feature films (more than 72 minutes)

Photo: Tre vänner
Bamse and the City of Thieves. Photo: Tre vänner

Bamse and the City of Thieves (Bamse och Tjuvstaden)
Director Christian Ryltenius
Screenplay Johan Kindblom, Tomas Tivemark
Producer Jon Nohrstedt
Funding recipient Tre Vänner Produktion AB
Genre Drama
Target group Children
Film type Fiction
Technique Animation
Film commissioner Linus Torell
Funding granted 8 000 000 SEK
Production company´s presentation: Sweden’s most popular comic character Bamse the Bear – in his first ever feature length film. In Bamse and the City of Thieves, the world’s strongest bear and his two friends Little Skip and Shellman show that the best weapon against evil is friendship (and of course a few drops of Superhoney).

Bluebird
Director Lance Edmands
Screenplay Lance Edmands
Producer Erika Wasserman
Funding recipient Idyll AB*
Genre Drama
Target group Adults
Film type Fiction
Technique Live action
Film commissioner Suzanne Glansborg
Funding granted 700 000 SEK
*svensk samproducent. Huvudproducent Vacationland Films LLC
Production company´s presentation: In the frozen forests of an isolated logging town in Maine, a woman’s tragic mistake has profound, unexpected consequences. The film focuses on the disintegration of a poor modern American community, seen through the prism of a family and their teenage daughter.

VERDICT DB 237 District Court of Piteå - the Murder of a Child (Dom DB 237 Piteå tingsrätt)
Director Marianne Lindberg De Geer
Screenplay Marianne Lindberg De Geer
Producer Marianne Lindberg De Geer
Funding recipient Firma MLDG Stockholm
Target group Adults
Film type Documentary
Technique Live action
Film commissioner Cecilia Lidin
Funding granted 165 000 SEK
Production company´s presentation: Four-year-old Michael was murdered on the shore of lake Tjeggelva on 28 June 1990. It is a thriller-like experience to hear the story behind one of the most closely followed cases of modern times, and to watch it is to be torn between despair, hate and powerlessness.

Photo: Malin Holm
Tosh in Greece. Photo: Malin Holm

Tosh in Greece (Sune i Grekland - All inclusive)
Director Hannes Holm
Screenplay Anders Jacobsson, Sören Olsson, Hannes Holm
Producer Patrick Ryborn
Funding recipient Eyeworks Film & TV Drama AB
Genre Comedy
Target group Family
Film type Fiction
Technique Live action
Film commissioner Linus Torell
Funding granted 9 000 000 SEK
Production company´s presentation: Tosh and his family set off to Greece, where the disasters begin. Tosh loses his charm over girls, Håkan Bråkan doesn’t like Julle the troll, and mum Karin gets more and more annoyed with dad Rudolf. At the same time Rudolf discovers it’s all inclusive – which presents unimagined possibilities.

Photo: Dino Harambasic
The Sarnos. Photo: Dino Harambasic

The Sarnos - a life in dirty movies (The Sarnos)
Director Wictor Ericsson
Screenplay Wictor Ericsson
Producers Erik Magnusson, Martin Persson
Funding recipient Anagram Produktion AB
Target group Adults
Film type Documentary
Technique Live action
Film commissioner Cecilia Lidin
Funding granted 850 000 SEK
Production company´s presentation: The Sarnos is a love story about the legendary sexploitation director Joe Sarno and his loyal wife and business partner Peggy. The film relates their part in the history of sex film, their lives between New York and Sweden, and their struggle to produce one last erotic film.

Short films (less than 72 minutes)

Foto: Maja Kekonius
Burka Songs. Photo: Maja Kekonius

Burka Songs
Director Hanna Högstedt
Screenplay Hanna Högstedt
Producer Hanna Högstedt
Funding recipient Hanna Högstedt
Genre Other
Target group Adults
Film type Fiction
Technique Live action
Film commissioner Andra Lasmanis
Funding granted 160 000 SEK
Production company´s presentation: A woman in a burka walks down the Champs-Élysées singing the French national anthem. “Let’s march, let an impure blood water our furrows.” She sings until the police arrive. Who does the street space belong to? Who does the violence belong to? Who does history belong to?

Animals I Killed Last Summer (Djur jag dödade förra sommaren)
Director Gustav Danielsson
Screenplay Gustav Danielsson
Producer Gustav Danielsson
Funding recipient Gustav Danielsson Bildproduktion
Genre Drama
Target group Adults
Film type Fiction
Technique Live action
Film commissioner Andra Lasmanis
Funding granted 400 000 SEK
Production company´s presentation: A young boy kills small animals and his father can’t deal with it. This is a macabre, comical story of a moral dilemma with no easy answers.

En av grabbarna.
One of the Boys. Photo: Unknown

One of the Boys (En av grabbarna)
Director Erik Bäfving
Screenplay Erik Bäfving
Producer Erik Bäfving
Funding recipient eb-film
Target group Adults
Film type Documentary
Technique Liv action
Film commissioner Andra Lasmanis
Funding granted 200 000 SEK
Production company´s presentation: The third and final part of an award-winning series of short films. By looking into his grandfather’s life using pictures and stories from another time, the filmmaker tries to find an explanation for his father’s suicide. The film is a painful yet beautiful montage spanning three generations.

Freja och Wannabeindianderna. Foto: Carl Javér
Me and the Wannabe Indians. Photo: Carl Javér

Me and the Wannabe Indians (Freja och Wannabeindianerna)Director Carl Javér
Screenplay Carl Javér
Producer Fredrik Lange
Funding recipient Vilda Bomben Film AB
Target group Youth
Film type Documentary
Technique Live action
Film commissioner Cecilia Lidin
Funding granted 175 000 SEK
Production company´s presentation: Freja is 14 and lives in an alternative village on the west coast. At home, meditation and raw food are the order of the day. But at the town school it’s Facebook, friends and mopeds. Freja is starting to get her own idea about how she wants to live her life.

The Day My Dad Was Shot (Gabriel och Lasermannen)
Director Babak Najafi
Screenplay Babak Najafi
Producer Ulrika Bergqvist
Funding recipient Ulrika Bergqvist
Target group Adults
Film type Documentary
Technique Live action
Film commissioner Cecilia Lidin
Funding granted 175 000 SEK
Production company´s presentation: Director Babak Najafi makes another documentary. In the short-film project Nittiotalisterna he meets 19-year-old Gabriel Aybar. Gabriel’s father Isa was shot by the ‘Laser Man’ killer, and Babak met the family for the first time in 1998. Fourteen years have passed. What has happened to the scared five-year-old who once talked about revenge?

German Shepherd
Director Nils Bergendal
Screenplay Nils Bergendal
Producer Nils Bergendal
Funding recipient Periscope Production
Target group Adults
Film type Documentary
Technique Animation
Film commissioner Andra Lasmanis
Funding granted 220 000 SEK
Production company´s presentation: A Jewish man who has learned to hate Germany travels to Berlin where he finds friendship and new perspectives.

Godheten
Director Stefan Jarl
Screenplay Stefan Jarl, Thommy Berggren
Producer Stefan Jarl
Funding recipient Stefan Jarl AB
Target group Adults
Film type Documentary
Technique Live action
Film commissioner Cecilia Lidin
Funding granted 200 000 SEK
Production company´s presentation: A documentary that attempts to gauge the spirit of the times.

Ice Ice Baby**
Director Charlotta Miller
Screenplay Charlotta Miller
Producers Juan Pablo Libossart, Kristina Åberg
Funding recipient Atmo Produktion AB
Genre Drama
Target group Adults
Film type Fiction
Technique Live action
Film commissioner Andra Lasmanis
Funding granted 850 000 SEK
**Novellfilmssatsningen 2012
Production company´s presentation: Ice Ice Baby is the story of Gillis, a 14-year-old approaching adulthood through puberty, and about his family’s breakdown after his mother runs away, leaving him and his father to their destinies. The film’s main theme is the love between father and son, and it takes place in a modern Sweden against a background of figure skating.

The Girl with the Dog (kk)**
Director Wictor Ericsson
Screenplay Wictor Ericsson
Producer Erik Magnusson
Funding recipient Anagram Produktion AB
Genre Drama
Target group Adults
Film type Fiction
Technique Live action
Film commissioner Andra Lasmanis
Funding granted 850 000 SEK
** Novellfilmssatsningen 2012
Production company´s presentation: KK follows 14-year-old Lillan. It is a story of young love and the first confused steps towards a sexual identity.

Rise Above
Director Anders Berggren
Screenplay Anders Bengtsson
Producer Anders Berggren
Funding recipient Dokumentärfilm Göteborg AB
Target group Adults
Film type Documentary
Technique Live action
Film commissioner Cecilia Lidin
Funding granted 175 000 SEK
Production company´s presentation: When Anton Hysén came out as a gay elite football player, his life was transformed. From being the son of Glenn, with a dream of one day becoming a full-time pro, he is now a ubiquitous world-famous personality – and becoming a pro isn’t necessarily at the top of the agenda any more.

Vid skogens rand
Borderland. Photo: Mattias Johansson

Borderland (Vid skogens rand)**
Director Mikael Hellström
Screenplay Magnus Nordin, Mikael Hellström
Producer Renée Axö
Funding recipient Pampas Produktion AB
Genre Drama
Target group Youth
Film type Fiction
Technique Live action
Film commissioner Andra Lasmanis
Funding granted 850 00o SEK
**Novellfilmssatsningen 2012
Production company´s presentation: Two brothers in their twenties are on the run following a dramatic robbery. On the snowy forest track, they run over an animal that comes out of nowhere in the dark. The elder brother is seriously injured. When the younger brother, Andreas, discovers the injured cat-like animal, he is forced to decide whether to kill it or save its life. His choice will be crucial as Andreas realises he’s walked into a trap.

Foto: Johanna Granström-Sundgren
Status quo. Foto: Johanna Granström-Sundgren

Status quo (Vindstilla)
Director Mattias Ek
Screenplay Mattias Ek
Producers Mattias Ek, Adam Hilario
Funding recipient Miafilm
Genre Drama
Target group Adults
Film type Fiction
Technique Live action
Film commissioner Andra Lasmanis
Funding granted 300 000 SEK
Production company´s presentation:At the Arctic Circle, time stands still. The summer’s midnight sun erases the boundaries between day and night, while antiquated ideals live on. The long days, combined with the village’s lack of things to do, have bred great creativity and allowed the residents a lot of time to socialise with each other – perhaps too much. The idea of status quo has never been more telling.

Published 08/06/2012   Changed 15/06/2012