Twelve films have been selected for the works in progress presented at Stockholm’s Industry Days held parallel to the 28th Stockholm Film Festival (November 8-19).

On Wednesday delegates of Stockholm’s Industry Days (November 13-17) will be invited to preview a clip of Roy Andersson’s much anticipated About Endlessness, produced by Pernilla Sandström and Johan Carlsson for Studio 24. Half of the film has now been shot by the Swedish master who plans to deliver it in May 2019.

Philippe Bober of Coproduction Office said: “We now have 1-2 scenes from the film that we show world buyers. Roy’s A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence was a major world success and expectations are high on About Endlessness. Each one of Roy’s films has sold better than the previous one,” he noted.

About Endlessness is a juxtaposition of tableaux capturing moments in life. Among the characters featured are…Adolf Hitler (played by Magnus Wallgren), a marketing director (Kristina Ekmark), a woman who loves champagne (Lisa Blohm) and a priest (Martin Serner).  The other films introduced as works in progress are:

  • The Tempest by Dani Kouyaté (While We Live), produced by Maria Larsson Guerpillon 
  • The Forest by Andreas Öhman (Simple Simon), produced by Eliza Jones, Markus Waltå, Gila Bergqvis 
  • Shop by producer/director Jesper Klevenås (cinematographer on Roy Andersson’s Songs From the Second Floor
  • Shadowself by Rasmus Tirzitis, Produced by Simon Kölle 
  • Hotel Djenne Djenno by Elisabet Gustafsson, produced by Linda Mutawi, Patrick El-Cheikh 
  • They Cast No Shadows by genre filmmakers Sonny Laguna, Tommy Wiklund, produced by David Liljeblad 
  • Dear Lonesome George, coming of age film by Argentinian Guido Kalwill 
  • To the North by Jasmijn Kooijman 
  • The Border Guide by Niall Johnson, written by Eirik Knutsvik 
  • Dream Baby Dream by Alexandra Dahlström, produced by Amna Maksumic, Johan Lundström  
  • Johan Bauer & the Mountain King by Börje Peratt, produced by Ritva Peratt, Börje Peratt 

Highlights of the Industry days include a Masterclass on  November 17 with Thelma’s director Joachim Trier, co-writer Eskil Vogt and producer Thomas Robsham. The Norwegian Oscar entry will screen at the festival’s Open Zone section, ahead of its Swedish national release on November 19.

A total of 150 films from 60 countries are screening at the 28th Stockholm International Film Festival, dedicated to the late star actor Michael Nyqvist.

In the main competition section are 18 films vying for the Bronze Horse including Italy’s Oscar candidate A Ciambra by Jonas Carpignano, co-produced by Norway’s DHF. Another five international films are competing for the SEK 1 million Impact Award to be handed out on November 15.

This year’s Life Time Achievement Award recipient is the iconic British actress and activist Vanessa Redgrave who will present her documentary film about the refugee crisis in Europe Sea of Sorrow, while Chilean director Pablo Larraín (Neruda) will receive the Bronze Horse Visionary Award.

Upcoming Swedish actors selected for the Stockholm Rising Star Award include Beyond Dreams’ Evin Ahmad and Gizem Erdogan, Sami Blood’s Julius Fleischanderl and Lene Cecilia Sparrok, Vilken jävla circus’ Gustav Lindh, and A Hustle’s Diary’s Can Demirtas.

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