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Five Anagram films to be launched in Göteborg

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- The Swedish production company, which has just signed a new head of film and drama, will unspool a new feature by William Olsson and a feature-length documentary about sexploitation by Wictor Ericsson

Five Anagram films to be launched in Göteborg

Swedish production shingle Anagram Produktion, which earlier this week (January 21) scooped five Guldbaggar – Sweden’s national film prizes – for Swedish director Gabriela Pichler’s Eat Sleep Die [+see also:
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, will premiere five new films, including two full-length productions, at the upcoming Göteborg International Film Festival(between January 25-Febuary 4).

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The Lund-based company, which was founded in 2003 by Swedish actor-comedians, writers, directors and producers Anders Jansson and Johan Wester, is producing both for the screen and for the stage; it has recently signed former head of drama at Swedish pubcaster SVT, Gunnar Carlsson, as film and drama chief.

Swedish director William Olsson, who has relocated to his native Göteborg after living in the US, where he completed his education at the USC School of Cinematic Arts in Los Angeles and made his feature debut, An American Affair (2009), will present his first Swedish film, Reliance [+see also:
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, a portrait of a society “where security is threatened from within – provided there was security in the first place”.

Starring newcomer Alba August and Johan Gry, the story is inspired by a real–life event in Göteborg, where a scholgirl was abducted. In Olsson’s story a girl runs into her parents’ bedroom in the middle of the night, claiming that a strange man climbed through her window. True or not? Amidst the commotion in the residential area, the middle-aged father tries to find his way back to his daughter, who is growing up and away from him.

Swedish director Wictor Ericsson’s full-length documentary, The Sarnos – A Life in Dirty Movies portrays US sexploitation director Joe Sarno, a frequent holiday guest in Sweden, and his wife and business partner Peggy. Produced by Erik Magnusson and Martin Persson, it describestheir life in the history of sex films, between the US and Sweden, and their struggle to produce one last erotic movie.

Anagram will also unspool three shorts at the festival, including KK, about young love and a 14-year-old girl’s search for sexual identity, by The Sarnos’ director Ericsson; Sergey Vasiliev’s Accordion Dreams, where a boy discovers his sexuality in a curious way; and Jennifer Malmqvist On Suffocation, without a dialogue, which has just screened in the Sundance Film Festival.

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