Debutante Amanda Pesikan’s The Choir was awarded €146.2 (SEK 1.6m) in the latest round of production funding from the Swedish Film Institute.
Produced by Mantaray Film AB’s Anna Weitz and Stina Gardell, the film
follows the Tensta Gospel Choir on a life-changing trip to Chicago, the heart of gospel, where they face the question of whether it’s okay to sing gospel without believing in God or Jesus.
Minority co-production 16, written and directed by Kenneth Elvebakk, which received €29.3k (SEK 320k) in production support, follows the lives of four teenagers, the first to be open about being gay at their schools, over a period of three years. They are 12 years old when the story starts. Maybe things get better when they turn 16? The Swedish co-producer is Bautafilm AB. Manon producer is Fuglene A/S (Norway).
Meanwhile, nine short docs were granted funding. Eight of these films are part of the Glow* programme focussing on films made in minority languages, and each received €11.9k (SEK 130,000). The short doc Park received €32k (SEK 350,000).
Badjelannda* is written and directed by Jonah Senften and Jimmy Sundin and is described as a poetic tribute to the ‘High Country’ of the Samis.
In Candescent* by Alecio Araci, the characters of Alecio, Timimie and Anna paint an ancient Swedish forest red, blue, green and yellow, talking about how different identities coexist in the same body.
Gräset är alltid grönare* (Eng title tba), by Sanna Kalla, is a farce about the absence of the Finnic Meänkieli language in film and TV.
Klassens Z* (Eng title tba), by Alma Dzafic and Julián Quevedo, looks at the subject of antiziganism in Swedish schools
In Between Heaven and Hell*, directed by Dan Görgü, Sara thought that her sadness was only a depression, but the diagnosis of inherited from the Finnish side of the family changed their life.
Vanja Sandell Billström and Lucia Pagano’s Park presents scenes of people in motion, some working, others spending leisure time, always in parks and filmed over a year in Stockholm.
In Sarri ja Sanna* director Julia Qvarnström (daughter of Sarri) seeks to depict her ties to her Finnish roots, as inspired by Sarri and Sanna.
Directed by Maria Fredriksson, in Svonni vs Skattewerket* (Eng title tba) will the Swedish tax authorities realise that Ida-Maria’s working dog is a tool, like a snowmobile? Or will yet another Sami lose out against the Swedish powers that be?
Thagang*, directed by Lina Puranen, is a film about being 16, about friendship in the digital age, and puts the spotlight on how new forms of Sweden-Finnish identity express themselves in young people today.