The Swedish Film Institute announces the recipients of its latest support grants
- The upcoming projects by Anders Thomas Jensen, Kadri Kõusaar and Eirik Svensson will receive funding from the institute
The Swedish Film Institute (SFI) has made its latest announcement concerning production funding. The SFI has confirmed the approval of over SEK4.25 million (€405,00) for the support of a total of six projects – three feature-length fiction films (all international co-productions with a Swedish minority co-producer on board) and three short-film projects.
In detail, the first of the three feature-length projects that have received SFI support is Betrayed, the first Norwegian feature to deal with the persecution of Jews during World War II, directed by Eirik Svensson (Harajuku [+see also:
film profile]). It follows the 773 Norwegian Jews that were deported from their homes to the Auschwitz concentration camp, with only 38 of them eventually returning to Norway. This will be portrayed through the true story of Charles Braude and his family from Oslo. Scripted by Harald Rosenløw Eeg and Lars Gudmestad, the screenplay is an adaptation of Marte Michelet’s novel The Ultimate Crime. The film has received SEK1.5 million (€143,500) from the SFI, and it is a Norwegian-Swedish co-production between Martin Sundland, Catrin Gundersen and Therese Bøhn (Fantefilm Fiksjon AS), with Fredrik Wikström Nicastro and Brita Lundqvist (SF Studios Production AB).
Dead Woman is the upcoming project written and directed by Estonian filmmaker Kadri Kõusaar (Mother [+see also:
film profile]). On the abandoned, lawless and apocalyptic Sinai coast, Western female journalist Ingrid is kidnapped by Palestinian terrorists and hidden in the desert. In a Stockholm syndrome-like drama, Ingrid will soon fall in love with the most sympathetic of her abductors, Ali. Supported with SEK1 million (€95,500), the film is an Estonian-Swedish-Finnish co-production with Aet Laigu for Estonia’s Meteoriit OÜ, and Charlotte Most and Maria Larsson Guerpillon from Sweden’s Most Film AB.
Riders of Justice was written and is being directed by well-known Danish helmer Anders Thomas Jensen, and the shoot started at the beginning of the year on the island of Fyn and in Sweden (see the news). The story follows Markus (played by Mads Mikkelsen), a military man on active duty who lost his wife to a tragic train accident which, after further research, he concludes could probably have been a carefully planned attack. The Danish-Swedish co-production has received SEK900,000 (€86,000), and it is being produced by Sisse Graum Jørgensen and Sidsel Hybschmann for Denmark’s Zentropa Entertainments3 aps, with Lizette Jonjic of Zentropa Sweden AB.
Finally, the short documentary This Is the Night by Gunnar Bergdahl, which is being shot in Yiddish at the Jewish cemetery in Warsaw, and the animated shorts Duty by Daniel Permbo and Spyflugan Astrid by Charlotte Rodenstedt, which is based on the well-known books by Maria Jönsson, round off the selection of supported projects.
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