Magazine article Screen International

Agnieszka Holland, Tom of Finland Films Get Swedish Film Institute Backing

Magazine article Screen International

Agnieszka Holland, Tom of Finland Films Get Swedish Film Institute Backing

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Swedish director Sanna Lenken, who won Berlin's Crystal Bear in 2015 with My Skinny Sister, is now making a 30-minute short Night Child (Nattbarn), based on a graphic novel by Hanna Gustafsson.

The story is about 14-year-old girl Iggy "who lives a parallel online life to avoid the everyday tedium. A story about identity, sexuality, borderlands and friendship."

The film is one of several new productions getting backing from the Swedish Film Institute. Others include Dome Karukoski's anticipated new Tom Of Finland biopic [pictured] and Agnieszka Holland's Polish drama Game Count.

Other projects backed, listed from highest investments, are:

Becoming Zlatan, wr/dirs Fredrik Gertten, Magnus Gertten; prods Margarete Jangård, Lennart Ström. Documentary about charismatic footballer Zlatan Ibrahimovic. $246,000 (2m SEK)

Tom Of Finland, dir Dome Karukoski, wr Aleksi Bardy, prods Gunnar Carlsson, Emma Åkesdotter Ronge. Drama about the homosexual icon and acclaimed artist. $246,000 (2m SEK)

Top 3 (Topp 3), dir Sofie Edvardsson, wr/prod Simon Österhof. Adult animation about love and dreams of the future in the hinterlands of northern Sweden. $189,200 (1.5m SEK)

Darling, dir Birgitte Stæ rmose, wr Kim Fupz Aakeson, prods Lizette Jonjic, Madeleine Ekman. This Zentropa Sweden drama is about a ballerina and her choreographer, played by Danica Curcic and Gustav Skarsgård. $123,000 (1m SEK)

The Nile Hilton Incident, wr/dir Tarik Saleh, prod Kristina Aberg. The thriller was previously backed by SFI with funding now expanded to $123,000 (SEK 1m).

Night Child (Nattbarn), wr/dir Sanna Lenken, prod Annika Rogell. Based on a graphic novel by Hanna Gustafsson, this is a film about 14-year-old Iggy, a girl who lives a parallel online life. $126,000 (1m SEK)

Game Count, dir Agnieszka Holland, wr Olga Tokarczuk, prod Fredrik Zander. Drama set in the remote Polish countryside about a dog-obsessed woman who becomes a murder suspect. $98,300 (800,000 SEK)

The Tower, wr/dir Mats Grorud, prod Annika Hellström. Family puppet and 2D animation about an 11-year-old girl living in a Palestinian refugee camp. $98,300 (800,000 SEK)

From Next Door Spy, wr/dir Karla von Bengtson, prods Lina Jonsson, Rodrigo Villalobos. …

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