Magazine article Screen International

Swedish Film Institute Backs Bergstrom's Miss Julie, Langseth's Hotel

Magazine article Screen International

Swedish Film Institute Backs Bergstrom's Miss Julie, Langseth's Hotel

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Other projects backed include Kicki Kjellin's feature debut and co-productions with Spain and the Netherlands.

Swedish actress-turned-director Helena Bergström is ready with Miss Julie (Fröken Julie), and Lisa Langseth is back with Hotel (Hotell) - her follow-up on the international festival winner Pure - on a slate of seven new features, which will be receive $4.3 million (SEK 28.5 million) production funding from the Swedish Film Institute.

Bergström has used August Strindberg's 1888 play for her story of Eve and Julie, who on Midsummer Eve set their sights on Jean, Kristin's betrothed - but both Kristin and Jean are employed by Julie's father. Nadia Mirmiran, Björn Bengtsson and Sofi Helleday play the leads in the new version which will be produced by Petra Jönsson for Sweetwater Production. The institute chips in $0.6 million (SEK 4 million) for the project.

Langseth [pictured] has herself scripted Hotel about Erika, who has everything - a good job, no money worries, solid relationship, lots of friends, until the day it falls down, and she starts group therapy to find new ways of feeling good. …

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