SFI support to 15 new films (2)
by Annika Pham
13/07/2006 - The new local productions supported by the SFI include star actress Helena Bergström’s directorial debut Se upp för dårarna (lit. "Watch the Fools"), the story of two girls (one of which is of Turkish origin) who take chances in life and fight for their rights, based on a script by Denize Karabuda. The film, produced by Sweetwater Film, was awarded SEK 4m.
The Swedish writer/director Åke Sandgren behind Dogma film Truly Human was awarded SEK 5.4m for his new drama, Den man älskar (lit. “The One You Love”), which started shooting at the end of May and is based on a script by Kim Fupz Aakeson. The film, starring Jonas Karlsson, Rolf Lassgård and Sofia Ledarp, is being produced by Nordisk Film in Sweden.
Maria Blom, the acclaimed director of Dalecarlians [trailer, film focus], started shooting her second feature film in June for Memfis Film: Nina Frisk, once again starring Sofia Helin. The romantic comedy was awarded SEK 6.5m, the second biggest SFI grant after the SEK 7m support awarded to Ett öga rött (lit. “A Red Eye”), produced by Fredrik Wilkström for Tre Vänner Production. The film (still without a director) will be based on Jonas Hassen Khemiri’s best-selling novel adapted for the screen by scriptwriter Karin Arrhenius.
Johan Brisinger, praised for his short film En del av mitt hjärta (Passing Hearts), is going to writer and direct Underbara älskade (lit. “Wonderful Beloved”), a father and son drama produced by Mikael Flodell (Drama Svecia), which received a SEK 1m grant.
Two other Swedish productions will be filmed during the summer: Manne Lindwall is going to direct children’s film Rosa på Världsturné (lit. “Rosa on a World Tour”), based on an animated TV series. The project, awarded SEK 3.5m, is being produced by Svensk Filmindustri; and Allt om min buske (lit. “All About My Bush”) is a sex comedy by first time director Martina Bigert.
Shooting until early August, the latter film, starring Ola Rapace (Together), Maria Kulle (Four Shades of Brown) and David Dencik (A Soap [trailer, film focus]) is being produced by Lena Rehnberg for Sandrew Metronome. It was awarded SEK 4m. Lastly, documentary film Nunnan by Maud Nycander, produced by Mantaray Film & TV, was awarded SEK 300,000.