Strindberg, crime and feel-good get November's production funding

Teresa Fabik brings us feel-good romance, Fia-Stina Sandlund re-works Strindberg and Thomas Vinterberg teams up with med Mads Mikkelsen in The Hunt (Jakten).

She's Staging It. Photo: Marius Dybwad Brandrud
Alexandra Dahlström in Fia-Stina Sandlund's She's Staging It. Photo: Marius Dybwad Brandrud

In Fia-Stina Sandlund's She's Staging It three actresses meet up in New York for a long workshop on Strindberg's Miss Julie in which they attempt to save the heroine from her tragic suicide. Following on from Starring Maja (Prinsessa), Teresa Fabik is back with the romantic Love and Lemons (Små citroner gula), based on the novel by Kajsa Ingemarsson. And in the Danish-Swedish The Hunt (Jakten) by Thomas Vinterberg a small community falls apart when nursery school teacher Lucas is accused of assault.

Ryszard Solarz's documentary Du gamla du fria looks at a school in the Stockholm suburb of Husby in which most of the pupils were born in Sweden yet don't feel Swedish. Recently selected for Sundance, Fredrik Gertten's Big Boys Gone BANANAS!* shows what happened behind the scenes when Gertten's earlier film Bananas!* sparked off a major law suit.

Among the short films are In the Still of the Night (Flicka försvinner) by Alexander Rönnberg Chinsky, a kidnapping thriller with bloodshed, and Damaged Ones (Århundradets brott) by Johanna Paulsdotter Löfstedt, in which a teenage love affair has fatal consequences.

Feature films (more than 72 minutes)

Lifes A Breeze Foto: Fastnet Films
Behind the scenes of Life´s a Breeze. Photo: Fastnet Films

Life's a Breeze
Director Lance Daly
Screenplay Lance Daly
Producer Martin Persson
Funding recipient Anagram Produktion AB*
Genre Comedy
Target group Family
Film type Live action
Film commisioner Suzanne Glansborg
Funding granted SEK 1 360 000
*Principal producer Fastnet Films, Ireland
Production company's presentation: Life's a Breeze is the fifth feature from the celebrated Irish director Lance Daly. Set in Dublin, the film focuses on the relationship between a woman and her grandchildren in search of a lost fortune. Starring Fionnula Flanagan, Pat Shortt and newcomer Kelly Thorton, shooting will move to Sweden early in 2012.

Små citroner gula. Foto: Sergej Israel
Behind the scenes of Love and Lemons. Photo: Sergej Israel

Love and Lemons (Små citroner gula)
Director Teresa Fabik
Screenplay Leif V Johansson, Johan Kindblom, Teresa Fabik
Producer Pontus Sjöman
Funding recipient Tre Vänner Produktion AB
Genre Comedy
Target group Adults
Technique Live action
Film commissioner Suzanne Glansborg
Funding granted SEK 7 000 000
Production company's presentation: A romantic, feel good story about love, passion, dreams and betrayal based on the best-selling novel of the same name by Kajsa Ingermasson. 

The Hunt. Photo: Per Arnesen
Mads Mikkelsen in The Hunt. Photo: Per Arnesen

The Hunt (Jagten)
Regi Thomas Vinterberg
Manus Thomas Vinterberg, Tobias Lindholm
Producent Madeleine Ekman
Stödmottagare Zentropa International Sweden AB**
Film type Fiction
Genre Drama
Målgrupp Vuxen
Teknik Live action
Konsulent Lars G. Lindström
Stödbelopp 1 000 000 kronor
**Huvudproducent Zentropa Entertainment 19 ApS, Danmark
Production company's presentation: Lucas is just getting over his divorce. He has a new job at the local nursery school, a new girlfriend and is looking forward to a Christmas visit from his son, Marcus. But the Christmas spirit is markedly absent. Klara, a 5-year-old pupil, makes up a charge of assault against Lucas. The nursery is in shock, suspicions are aroused and as hatred of Lucas spreads through the village, the small community rapidly begins to fall apart.

Världen väntar. Foto: Clara Bodén
The world is waiting. Photo: Clara Bodén

The World is Waiting (Världen väntar)
Director Mariken Halle
Screenplay Mariken Halle
Producers Kalle Boman, Anna Sohlman
Funding recipient Hinden/Länna-Ateljéerna AB
Film type Fiction
Target group Adults
Genre Drama
Technique Live action
Film commissioner Lars G. Lindström
Funding granted SEK 2 688 000
Production company's presentation: Three newly trained actresses are working one summer as waitresses in Oslo. They use all their wits to get the best possible tips. Planning to set up a company and buy a house, they are our guides into this film, which opens up a world full of people doing things they don't want to do and playing roles they don't want to play.

Big Boys Gone Bananas!*. Foto: Anna Sivertsson
Fredrik Gertten in his own Big Boys Gone Bananas!*. Photo: Anna Sivertsson

Big Boys Gone BANANAS!*
Director Fredrik Gertten
Screenplay Fredrik Gertten
Producer Margarete Jangård
Funding recipient WG Film, Westman och Gertten AB
Film type Documentary
Target group Adults
Technique Live action
Film commissioner Cecilia Lidin
Funding granted SEK 1 200 000
Production company's presentation: A major corporation sees its brand defiled and reacts with full force. DOLE sued Fredrik Gertten for his film BANANAS!*, unleashing an arsenal of strong-arm tactics, media control and PR spin. In Big Boys Gone Bananas!* we follow the events, and a clear picture emerges of just what freedom of speech is up against.

Du gamla du fria
Director Ryszard Solarz
Screenplay Ryszard Solarz
Producer Ryszard Solarz
Funding recipient Direkt Film och Media Produktion AB
Film type Documentary
Target group Family
Technique Live action
Film commissioner Cecilia Lidin
Funding granted SEK 375 000
Production company's presentation: There are only three pupils with Swedish roots in Kvarnbacka School in Husby. Although they were born in Sweden, most of the children don't feel like Swedes. In class 2A the form teacher Maja is the only "real Swede", as her pupils put it. It's Maja's job to teach the children the values that Swedish society stands for.

She’s Staging It
Director Fia-Stina Sandlund
Screenplay Fia-Stina Sandlund
Producer Marius Dybwad Brandrud
Funding recipient Negoks Produktion HB
Film type Documentary
Target group Adults
Technique Live action
Film commissioner Cecilia Lidin
Funding granted SEK 450 000
Production company's presentation: Three actresses: Alexandra Dahlström, Lea Robinson and Elisabeth Whitney meet in a theatre in upstate New York. During the course of an eleven day workshop they will be working on August Strindberg's play Miss Julie with the aim of saving her from the prescribed suicide ending.

Vi som älskade. Foto: Håkan Pieniowski
Once There Was Love. Photo: Håkan Pieniowski

Once There Was Love (Vi som älskade)
Directors Kåge Jonsson, Håkan Pieniowski
Screenplay Kåge Jonsson, Håkan Pieniowski
Producer Dylan Williams
Funding recipient AMP Film HB
Film type Documentary
Target group Adults
Technique Live action
Film commissioner Cecilia Lidin
Funding granted SEK 400 000
Production company's presentation: Once There was Love is the dark, atmospheric and personal story of a middle class Russian family whose lives are threatening to fall apart. The filmmakers have followed the family since Nadja was a baby twelve years previously. Russia, a country undergoing radical change, provides the backdrop to this gripping film which follows on from the 1999 Prix D'Italia winner, I Love you Natasja

Short films (less than 72 minutes)

Den blå mannen. Foto:Crazy Pictures
The Blue Man. Photo: Crazy Pictures

The Blue Man (Den blå mannen)
Director Crazy Pictures
Screenplay Crazy Pictures
Producer Albin Pettersson
Funding recipient Crazy Pictures AB
Film type Fiction
Genre Comedy
Target group Youth
Technique Live action
Film commissioner Linus Torell
Funding granted SEK 600 000
Production company's presentation: A man wakes up in the depths of a Swedish forest. He doesn't remember who he is, how he got there or what he's doing wearing a large blue foam rubber suit. In a crazy and colourful "Retro- Sweden" we follow the blue man in his search for the real person inside the suit. Just because you're soft and blue on the outside, does that mean you're good on the inside, or could there be something in your past that you'd rather not remember?

Århundradets brott. Foto: Alexander Westergårdh
Damaged Ones. Photo: Alexander Westergårdh

Damaged Ones (Århundradets brott)
Director Johanna Paulsdotter Löfstedt
Screenplay Johanna Paulsdotter Löfstedt
Producer Johanna Paulsdotter
Funding recipient Tjockishjärta Film AB
Filme type Fiction
Genre Drama
Target group Youth
Technique Live action
Film commissioner Andra Lasmanis
Funding granted SEK 375 000
Production company's presentation: Late summer, evenings hanging round the schoolyard and boys riding mopeds. Bella is going out with Lucas, her first love. Her friend Cissi is lagging behind. One night when Bella and Lukas have sex he crosses a boundary which results in greater consequences than anything that's happened before.

In the Still of the Night (Flicka försvinner)
Director Alexander Rönnberg Chinsky
Screenplay Sara Bergmark Elfgren
Producer Patrick Sobieski
Funding recipient Impasse Films AB
Filme type Fiction
Genre Thriller
Target group Youth
Technique Live action
Film commisioner Andra Lasmanis
Funding granted SEK 400 000
Production company's presentation: Boy meets girl. Boy kidnaps girl. Girl suddenly makes her own demands. For a few hours, they play out a game of high stakes. The one who's most desperate will win. And before the night is out, blood will flow.

The Big Leap
Director Kristoffer Rus
Screenplay Kristoffer Rus
Producer Kaska Krosny
Funding recipient East of West Cinema AB
Film type Fiction
Genre Drama
Target group Adults
Technique Live action
Film commissioner Andra Lasmanis
Funding granted SEK 400 000
Production company's presentation: In the aftermath of the world financial crisis three potential suicides meet on the roof of a skyscraper. They represent three totally different worldviews. The initial financial crisis quickly turns into a spiritual dilemma as the increasingly desperate trio begin to argue about what awaits them on the other side. And to answer life's ultimate question, only the one big step remains.

Published 13/12/2011   Changed 15/12/2011