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  • NonStop takes on sales for Rancid, Monster Thursday


    Scandinavian-basedsales agent NonStop Sales has picked up international sales to Sonet Film'sEnglish- language thriller Rancid and Norwegian Sundance competitor MonsterThursday.
  • Sweden's Sonet readies international shoots


    Swedish distribution and productioncompany Sonet Film is readying a number of international film projects to addto its slate of local productions.
  • Dalecarlians named best film at Swedish Film Awards


    Despite an Academy Award nomination today, eight local award nominations and 1.2 million admissionsin Sweden, last year's local box office champion As It Is In Heaven didn't wina single Swedish Film Award (Guldbagge) at a ceremony held last night inStockholm.
  • 2004: Clouds on horizon for Swedish film


  • Sweden blocks Sandrew Metronome cinema sale


    The planned sale of SandrewMetronome's cinema chain to rival SF Bio has been stopped by the state-runSwedish Competition Authority which has ruled that the deal would give SF Bio amonopoly on the Swedish market."Our opinion is that thedeal conflicts with the Swedish laws of competition and therefore we suggestthat it be cancelled," said ...
  • Moodysson misses out on Swedish Oscar nod


    When Sweden's national film awards, the Guldbagges, arehanded out on Jan 24, three films will compete almost exclusively in everycategory.TomasAlfredson's black comedy drama Four Shades Of Brown and first-time filmmaker Maria Blom's comedy drama Dalecarlians will face off against lastyear's biggest local box office success, Kay Pollak's drama As It Is InHeaven.
  • NonStop deals for Sayles' Silver


    Two months after acquiring the international distribution rights for USindie director John Sayles' latest feature Silver City,Scandinavian-based sales agent NonStop Sales has landed multiple deals on thefilm worldwide.
  • Innocence takes top Stockholm prize


    Innocence by French director LucileHadzihalilovic won the award for best film at the 15th edition of the StockholmInternational Film Festival, which wrapped on Sunday night.Hadzihalilovic's firstfull-length feature tells the story of six-year-old Iris who arrives at theboarding school inside of a coffin. She has no idea of how or ...
  • Stockholm announces full festival line-up


    The Stockholm International Film Festival has unveiled itsfull line-up for this year's event (Nov 18-28).
  • Sonet recruits Wallhem as head of distribution


    Swedish distribution and production company Sonet Film hasrecruited Staffan Wallhem of Sandrew Metronome as vice president and head ofsales and distribution.
  • New bidder enters race for Swedish exhibitor


    A new bidder, independentexhibitor Triangelfilm, has said it would like to buy the Sandrew Metronome'scinema chain to stop it being sold to rival SF Bio.
  • Swedish journalists question state funding choices


    The Swedish Film Institute (SFI) has attracted localcriticism for its selection of seven new features to receive state funding.
  • 21 Grams producer strikes Swedish output deal


  • NonStop takes on Sayles' Silver City


    Scandinavian-based filmsales agent NonStop Sales has taken over international sales to John Sayles' SilverCity. "We are so pleased thatNonStop is handling Silver City," the film's producer Maggie Renzi ofAnarchists' Convention told "Somehow it makes sense tolet a European company handle the sales of ...
  • Moodysson's Heart beats up Swedish critics


    Swedishdirector Lukas Moodysson says that everyone should see his latest film AHole In The Heart - despite it containing explicit sex scenes, physical andpsychological violence.Moodysson was speaking after the first press screening ofthe film in Stockholm this week. The film world premieres in Toronto tomorrow(Sept 10).The ...
  • Moodysson's Hole In The Heart beats up Swedish critics


    Swedishdirector Lukas Moodysson says that everyone should see his latest film AHole In The Heart - despite it containing explicit sex scenes, physical andpsychological violence.Moodysson was speaking after the first press screening ofthe film in Stockholm this week. The film world premieres in Toronto tomorrow(Sept 10).The ...
  • Stone's Alexander to open Stockholm


    OliverStone will be this year's guest of honour at the Stockholm International FilmFestival (Nov 18-28). He will visit Stockholm to accept the Stockholm LifetimeAchievement Award in a prize ceremony on Nov 18, while his latest film, Alexander,will open the festival.The Stockholm festival said: "With a fearless explorationof individual lives affected by modern day America, maverick ...
  • Swedish cinema sale sees one exhibitor control 75% of the sector


    Sweden's second biggest exhibitor, Sandrew Metronome, has sold its cinema chain to rival SF Bio. The deal means that SF Bio, owned by Swedish media major Bonnier Group, will control 75% of the Swedish exhibition sector.
  • Six linked Swedish films to shoot simultaneously


    Six new Swedish features based on author Hakan Nesser'sbest-selling detective stories will all begin shooting on the same day - August14
  • Five new Swedish features get state funding


    Five newSwedish feature films have been greenlit after securing support from theSwedish Film Institute.HenryMeyer's drama Four Weeks In June (Fyra Veckor I Juni), about a girl whois fed up with men and love, will be produced by Peter Kropenin of OmegaFilm. The film received $653,000 (SEK5m) in state funding and is set to premiere ...
  • Fares turns to Beruit for inspiration


    Jalla! Jalla! and Kops director Josef Faresis set to make Zozo, a drama inspired by his own life.TheSwedish, Lebanese-born director will be working with a $5.2m (SEK 40m) budget -twice that of Kops - to tell the story of an 11-year-old boy who moves fromBeirut to Sweden.Fares said: "It won't be autobiographical, but I will usea lot of ...
  • Swedes agree to extend $30m government film deal


    Aftermonths of conflicts, the Swedish Film Agreement - which sees $30m of governmentsupport channelled into local film-making - has been extended for another year,until the end of 2005.Theagreement was due for renewal at the end of this year - but looked as though itwould be blocked following complaints from American distributors that Swedishexhibitors ...
  • Swedes back English language features


    The Swedish Film Institute (SFI) has greenlit six new Swedish feature films and given financial support to Lars von Trier's Manderlay.
  • NonStop takes Buena Vista sequel for Scandinavia, Baltics


    Stockholm based distributor NonStop Entertainment has acquired Scandinavian and Baltic rights to Musica Cubana - The Sons Of Havana, the follow up to Buena Vista Social Club.
  • Swedish films face funding crisis


    A funding crisis is threatening the Swedish film industry as a conflict between US distributors and local exhibitors threatens to delay the new Swedish Film Agreement.
  • Rings prove precious to Svensk Filmindustri


    Strong earnings from its film division helped Swedish media major Bonnier AB - owner of Scandinavia's largest film company Svensk Filmindustri (SF) - post a net profit of $140m (SEK 1,011m) in 2003.
  • Third Swedish film icon dies this year


    The legendary Swedish actor/director Hasse Ekman has died at the age of 88. As the director of 41 feature films - from comedies and thrillers to love stories and melodramas - Ekman was one of Sweden's most prolific film makers.
  • NonStop Entertainment acquires Berlin five


    Stockholm-based distributor NonStop Entertainment acquired five new titles at this month's Berlin Film Festival.
  • Sweden's NonStop takes five Berlin titles


    Stockholm-based distributor NonStop Entertainment acquired five new titles at last week's Berlin Film Festival. The films include animated hits, a Sundance surfing doc and a spin-off to the Oscar-nominated City Of God.
  • Andersson embarks on Second Floor follow-up


    Following the success of his last film, Songs from the Second Floor -winner of the Cannes' Jury Prize three years ago - Swedish writer-director Roy Andersson has started shooting his latest feature after receiving $673,000 (SEK5m) from the Swedish Film Institute this week.
  • AMC quits Swedish exhibition sector


    Less than four years after its arrival in Sweden, American exhibitor AMC is quitting the territory. Scandinavian major SF Bio will now be taking over its multiplex in Heron City in the southern region of Stockholm. The name of the multiplex, which has 18 screens and a total of 4,166 seats, will change to Filmstaden Heron City.
  • Sweden set to roll out Ingmar Bergman database


    The Swedish Film Institute has received Euros 438,000 from the Bank of Sweden to establish an "Ingmar Bergman Interface" - an international, English-language data base and website for research into the life and art of Ingmar Bergman.
  • NonStop takes on sales for Sonet pair


    Film sales agent NonStop Sales has taken on worldwide sales for two Swedish films from Sonet Film - romantic comedy Miffo and children's/family drama Emma And Daniel - The Meeting.
  • Stockholm unveils festival line-up


    With three weeks to go until the 14th edition of the Stockholm International Film Festival, festival director Git Scheynius and her team have unveiled the full line-up for this year's event (Nov 13-23).
  • Baltic Storm stirs up Swedish press


    Reuben Leder's controversial film Baltic Storm had its world premiere in Berlin last week - and, according to Swedish reports, Swedish journalists were banned from the screening.
  • Swedish Film Institute re-awards funding to troubled production


    Exactly one year after the Swedish Film Institute's (SFI) unprecedented decision to withdraw its financial support of $619,000 (SEK5m) for the screen adaptation of 2001 local best seller Popular Music From Vittula (Popularmusik fran Vittula), the production has received a new grant of $866,000 (SEK7m) from the SFI.
  • Moodysson returns to Sweden with Terrorists


    Less than ten months after the Swedish premiere of Lilya 4-ever, Lukas Moodysson returns to local cinemas with another controversial film.
  • Swedish film institute greenlights two new comedies


    Two new comedies have been greenlighted by the Swedish Film Institute, one by newcomer Ragnar Di Marzo (pictured) and one by established comedian/director Peter Dalle.
  • Top directors benefit from Swedish funding


    The Swedish Film Institute (SFI) has greenlit four new feature films, most of them from established, successful directors.
  • Children's films honoured at Swedish and German festivals


    At the fourth edition of the Swedish children's film festival Stockholm Film Festival Junior, Finnish production Hayflower And Quiltshoe (Heinahattu Ja Filttitossu) by Kaisa Rastimo won the award for best film.
  • Swedish Film Institute director general awarded Legion d'Honneur


    Ase Kleveland, Director General of the Swedish Film Institute, has been awarded France's Legion d'Honneur in acknowledgement of her efforts to promote cooperation in cinema related issues throughout Europe. The award was presented by the Grand Chancellor of the Legion d'Honneur, Jean-Philippe Douin.
  • Sweden's NonStop Entertainment takes on Comandante


    Swedish distribution company NonStop Entertainment has acquired all rights for Scandinavia and the Baltic countries to Oliver Stone's Comandante.
  • Sweden's Sundvall begins The Threat


    One of Sweden's most successful directors, Kjell Sundvall, starts shooting his new film The Threat (Hotet) on March 19. Principal photography is to take place in and around Alvsbyn in the north of Sweden until April 15, when filming will continue in Stockholm.
  • Sweden's Nonstop takes Infernal Affairs


    Sweden's Nonstop Entertainment has acquired Hong Kong hit Infernal Affairs by young director Alan Mak. The rights cover Scandinavia, Iceland and the Baltic countries, and the release date is set for late 2003.
  • Swedish talent to shine in Three Suns


    Richard Hobert, director of last year's Everyone Loves Alice, has assembled some of Sweden's top actors to star in his new film, Three Suns (Tre Solar).
  • The Third Wave heralds Sonet's international ambitions


    Swedish production and distribution company Sonet Film has started shooting its first English-language feature film, The Third Wave, directed by Anders Nilsson, who made local box-office hit Executive Protection in 2001.
  • Sweden's NonStop acquires host of titles for Scandinavian release


    Swedish acquisitions and distribution company NonStop Entertainment has acquired Scandinavian rights to Berlin Golden Bear winner In This World by Michael Winterbottom. Other new acquisitions include audience favourite Whale Rider by acclaimed director Niki Caro, the new Spanish thriller Killing Words, Australian box office hit Crackerjack and Edward Furlong's in Three Blind Mice.
  • Sweden's BUFF festival celebrates 20th anniversary


    Sweden's BUFF, one of Europe's major children's film festivals, is to celebrate its 20th anniversary on March 11-16.
  • Swedish Oscars acclaim Lilja 4-Ever


    Lukas Moodysson's Lilja 4-Ever was the clear winner at Sweden's 38th Guldbagge awards ceremony held last night in Stockholm - winning in five of its six nominated categories.
  • NonStop takes international sales on The Slaughter Rule


    Film sales agent NonStop Sales has acquired the rights to handle international sales for highly acclaimed The Slaughter Rule, which also marks the first non-Nordic film NonStop Sales will distribute.
  • Swedish Film Institute greenlights new projects


    The Swedish Film Institute has awarded funding to three new feature films and a number of documentaries.
  • Goteborg international film festival unveils full line-up


    The 26th edition of the Goteborg International Film Festival, to be held January 14-24, has unveiled its full line-up.
  • Lilja 4-Ever leads Swedish Oscar race


    Academy Award-hopeful Lukas Moodysson dominated the nominations for Sweden's equivalent of the Oscars, the Guldbaggen.
  • Three Swedish features get state funding greenlight


    Three feature films have been greenlighted after receiving funding from the Swedish Film Institute (SFI).
  • Goteborg film festival unveils first glimpse of 2003 event


    With less than two months to go to the 26th edition of the Goteborg Film Festival (Jan 24-Feb 3), new festival director Jannike Ahlund has revealed parts of the program at a press conference in Stockholm.
  • Sweden seeks to develop links with German market


    On Friday Nov 22 the Swedish minister of culture will open a Swedish Film Week in Berlin. According to Ase Kleveland, managing director of the Swedish Film Institute, the event marks the start of a three-year campaign in the German market by the Swedish Film Institute.
  • Lilja 4-Ever accepted as Sweden's foreign-language Oscar submission


    Lukas Moodysson's Lilja 4-Ever has been selected as Sweden's entry for the best foreign-language Oscar, despite the film being almost entirely in Russian.
  • 13th Stockholm International film festival unveils line-up


    The Stockholm International Film Festival has unveiled the full line-up of its 13th edition, to be held November 14-24.
  • Sweden's Bonnier sees record earnings from entertainment arm


    Swedish media giant Bonnier has reported record earnings from film, video and DVD distribution in Scandinavia over the last eight months.
  • Stockholm Int'l film festival to launch sales office


    For the first time the Stockholm International Film Festival (November 14-24) will include a sales office for buyers and sellers. The aim of the Stockholm Sales Office is to provide a network to broaden Nordic cinema distribution of films screening at the Stockholm International Film Festival.
  • NonStop extends deal with Sandrew Metronome


    Swedish distribution company NonStop Entertainment has extended its long-term distribution agreement for theatrical releases and video in Sweden, Denmark, Norway and Finland with leading pan-Scandinavian distributor Sandrew Metronome International. The agreement is set for another three years from January 1st 2003.
  • New faces of Swedish cinema head for New York


    A week-long programme of Swedish films has been organised by the Film Society of Lincoln Center in New York to run between November 1 - 7.
  • Swedish Film Institute greenlights three new features


    Three Swedish feature films have been greenlighted after receiving funding from the Swedish Film Institute (SFI).
  • Sweden's fantastic film festival reveals competition line up


    Nick Willing's Doctor Sleep, Robert Schwentke's Tattoo and Paul Harather's The Praying Mantis are among the films lined up to compete for the Silver Méliès at Sweden's Fantastic Film Festival (FFF) on September 21-29.
  • Government offers Swedish industry surprise lifeline


    With only two weeks to go beforeparliamentary elections, Sweden's minister of culture Marita Ulvskog unveiled asurprise $8.7m (SEK80m) financial support package for the Swedish filmindustry.
  • Denmark's SF Film in Good Company


    As reported by in May, Denmark's leading theatrical distributor, SF Film has launched a new local distribution arm - The Good Company, in order to strengthen its ties with Danish film producers.
  • Denmark's Nimbus picks up rights to classic French novel


    Danish production group Nimbus has bought the film rights to French classic novel Maldonne.
  • Sweden's box-office revenue growth outstrips admissions by 7 to 1


    Reflecting a global pattern of box-office growth outstripping that of an increase in cinema admissions, Sweden has seen 2002's first quarter revenues outperform admissions by a factor of 7 to 1.
  • Swedish Film Institute withdraws funding from major local production


    The Swedish Film Institute (SFI) has taken the unprecedented step of withdrawing its financial support of $540 000 (SEK 5m) for the screen adaptation of 2001 local bestseller, Popular Music From Vittula (Popularmusik Fran Vittula). The funding would have made up a quarter of the film's budget.
  • Swedish TV comedy outfit plans first feature film


    Sweden's most popular TV comedy production outfit, Killingganget, will celebrate its ten-year anniversary by making its first feature film.
  • Sweden appoints Dane as film commissioner


    After years of casting a covetous eye in the direction of booming Denmark, the Swedish Film Institute has appointed Per Nielsen, a Danish national, as its new Commissioner for feature film.