The Stockholm Film Festival’s parallel Industry Days unspooling 17-19 November has a full programme of Works in Progress by upcoming Scandinavian directors, Seminars and a Special Focus on Finland.

The talent development programme STHLM Debut that supported in the past the critically acclaimed Guerilla and Drifters, has five projects in the Works in Progress such as the genre film Aniara co-directed by Pella Kågerman and Hugo Lilja based on a sci-fi poem written in 1956 by Swedish Nobel Prize winner Harry Martinson. Annika Rogell is producing for Meta Film Sweden.

Swedish/Kurdish director Zanyar Adami (The Guerilla Son) brings two projects. Questan (STHLM Debut) is the third film in his trilogy about the effects of war on families. French Quarter Films is producing. Senses (a Moving Sweden project) stars Lena Endre as a conductor who has a stroke and gradually loses her senses. Adami is producing.

Surprise is a new feature by Kristina Humle (Real Humans) produced by Cilla Holma and executive produced by Anna Croneman. A family organises a surprise party for a man who is not alone when he finally shows up.

Another experienced producer Erik Hemmendorff (Plattform Produktion) is introducing The Greatest (working title) inspired by the play Den första av dom största written by and starring Eva Johansson and Lousie Löwenberg. Both Johansson and Löwenberg have contributed to the film adaptation with director Fijona Jonuzi.

As part of the Focus on Finland, two Finnish projects will be shown as Works in Progress: the documentary Once I was a Dragonfly by Elli Toivoniemi and the film Love Records by Aleksi Mäkelä.

TV dramas that will premiere at Stockholm’s Fest include Norway’s Occupied and the Scandinavian version of the Finnish revenge drama Black Widows.

Among the Seminars is an industry round table about the Future Funding of Swedish Film and a Masterclass with Joachim Trier. The Norwegian director’s latest film Louder than Bombs will screen at the 26th Stockholm Film Festival main competition section.

This year two new programmes will make their debut at the festival: the Stockholm Documentary competition with 20 titles lined up and the Stockholm Impact competition with 7 titles including Lisa Aschan’s White People. China’s world famous artist and dissident Ai WeiWei is coming to Sweden for the first time to sit on the jury of the Impact competition and its SEK 1 million grant sponsored by the City of Stockholm.

Stockholm’s premium film platform will close on November 22 with the screening of Todd Haynes’ Carol

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