Scary gothic drama and Sweden’s producer on the move receive April's production funding

April's production funding finds the next feature from one of Sweden’s Producers on the Move Rebecka Lafrenz (Sebbe) and a new short featuring Ingmar Bergman-actress Julia Dufvenius.

Swedish author Birgitta Stenberg on tour in the 50’s in Free to Fall.
Swedish author Birgitta Stenberg on tour in the 50’s in Free to Fall.

In Cockpit a pilot gets the sack but gets back into the labour market dressed as a woman. Mårten Klingberg directs, and the film is produced by Rebecka Lafrenz, recently selected as this year's Producer on the Move along with and Mimmi Spång. Another film about the workplace comes from Gabriela Pichler, winner of a 2009 Guldbagge award for best short film with Scratches (Skrapsår). She makes her debut feature with Eat Sleep Die (Äta Sova Dö), the story of 20-year-old Rasa's fight to remain in her village after the local factory makes its workers redundant.

Short films granted funding include Lovisa Inserra's gothic horror drama The Conservatory (Orangeriet) where Liv (played by Ingmar Bergman-actress Julia Dufvenius) returns to her childhood home and begins to explore the mysterious events surrounding her father's death. The road movie Free to Fall (Fritt för fall) by Marianne Gustavsson and Lisa Belfrage, follows Swedish author Birgitta Stenberg who revisits friends around Europe from the 50s, when she lived an itinerant and bohemian lifestyle.

Feature films

Eat Sleep Die (Äta Sova Dö)
Director: Gabriela Pichler
Screenplay: Gabriela Pichler
Producer: China Åhlander
Funding recipient: Anagram Produktion AB
Funding granted: SEK 5 700 000
Target group: Adults
Genre: Drama
Film commissioner: Suzanne Glansborg
Production company's presentation:
Director Gabriela Pilcher's feature film debut centres on 20-year-old Rasa who lives with her father in a small village in the southernmost Swedish province of Skåne. Rasa works in a factory, but the factory makes redundancies and she loses her job. The film follows her struggle to stay in her village despite the lack of jobs and demands from the government that jobseekers should look for work throughout the whole country.

Cockpit
Director: Mårten Klingberg
Screenplay: Erik Ahrnbom
Producer: Rebecka Lafrenz
Funding recipient: Garagefilm International AB
Funding granted: SEK 8 000 000
Target group: Adults
Genre: Comedy
Film commissioner: Lars G. Lindström
Production company's presentation:
Valle is a pilot who loses his job, his wife and his house at the same time. His radical solution is to put on a wig and a dress and to apply for a job that requires a certain quota of women. As "Maria" he performs a heroic deed when a plane crashes and suddenly finds himself a media favourite. But what really happened in that crash?

Bastian
Director: Roozbeh Behtaji
Screenplay: Roozbeh Behtaji
Producers: Emil Larsson and Martin Jern
Funding recipient: Dansk Skalle AB
Funding granted: SEK 2 700 000
Target group: Young people
Genre: Drama
Film commissioner: Lars G. Lindström
Production company's presentation:
25-year-old Bastian doesn't know where he came from. As a newborn baby he was found outside a refugee camp and adopted by a Swedish couple. Bastian is a road-movie through Europe, a search for identity and cultural belonging, filmed at the crossroads between documentary and fiction.

Short films

Zorro*
Director: Linda-Maria Birbeck
Screenplay: Linda-Maria Birbeck
Producer: Leif Mohlin
Funding recipient: MINT AB
Funding granted: SEK 850 000
Target group: Adults
Genre: Drama
Film commissioner: Andra Lasmanis
Production company's presentation:
24 hours in the life of two boys, two friends from completely different families. Kevin, from a seemingly respectable background and Zorro, with his drug addict mother. But something's wrong: constantly angry, Kevin seems to have something to hide. Totally fed up, Zorro's sister leaves him alone with his mother. Unpleasant truths are revealed in 24 hours of play and adventure.
*Part of the Novella project

The Conservatory* (Orangeriet)
Director: Lovisa Inserra
Screenplay: Sara Bergmark Elfgren
Producer: Emma K Dixgård
Funding recipient: Red Sister AB
Funding granted: SEK 850 000
Target group: Adults
Genre: Thriller
Film commissioner: Andra Lasmanis
Production company's presentation:
Liv returns to her childhood home – a large, rundown country house – following the death of her father. She starts to suspect that there's something mysterious about his demise and that her family have something to hide. A gothic horror drama about one family's closed and twisted world.
*Part of the Novella project

Sex, Life & Longing* (Liv och längtan)
Director: Lisa James Larsson
Screenplay: Lisa James Larsson
Producer: Andreas Emanuelsson
Funding recipient: Bob Film Sweden AB
Funding granted: SEK 850 000
Target group: Adults
Genre: Drama
Film commissioner: Andra Lasmanis
Production company's presentation:
Kristin visits her gynaecologist for a check-up. With two failed IVF attempts behind her, she longs for a child more than ever. Liv och längtan tells Kristin's story through a series of flashbacks. Starting at the age of 4, we follow her life through various stages right up to the present day.
*Part of the Novella project

Free to Fall (Fritt för fall)
Director: Marianne Gustavsson and Lisa Belfrage
Screenplay: Marianne Gustavsson and Lisa Belfrage
Producer: Kristina Åberg
Funding recipient: Atmo Media Network AB
Funding granted: 650 000 kronor
Target group: Adults
Genre: Documentary
Film commissioner: Cecilia Lidin
Production company's presentation:
Fritt för fall is a road movie about freedom featuring the author Birgitta Stenberg. In the film we follow her on a journey through Europe and America, revisiting friends from her itinerant and bohemian life of the 1950s. Fritt för fall is also the study of an ageing woman's attraction to both sexes.

I Need You More Than I Love You and I Love You to Bits* (Jag behöver dig mer än jag älskar dig och jag älskar dig så himla mycket)
Director: Maria Eng
Screenplay: Arvid Unsgaard
Producer: Christina Olofson
Funding recipient: CO. Film
Funding granted: SEK 850 000
Target group: Adults
Genre: Drama
Film commissioner: Andra Lasmanis
Production company's presentation:
A simple, stark and raw love story between 17-year-old Morris and Betty. A film about a first love they think will last forever, from the first trembling moments to the point when it all breaks up. First love, first heartbreak, life will never be the same again.
*Part of the Novella project

Published 28/04/2011   Changed 28/04/2011