Swedish newcomer Daniel Espinosa will make his feature debut under Nordisk Film's low-budget label, Director's Cut, with Babylonsjukan (literally The Babylon Disease), a look at the world as seen through the eyes of a thirteen year-old girl in Stockholm.
The film will be the first of its kind in Sweden, where Nordisk Film's recently revitalised production arm headed by HP Lundh will produce the film under the same guidelines as the label's previous films, Morten Arnfred's Move Me and Christoffer Boe's award-winning Reconstruction.
Espinosa earlier this year won acclaim for his graduation film The Fighter from the National Film School of Denmark. He will continue his collaboration with key people from Fighter on his feature debut including DoP Camilla Hjelm Knudsen, editor Morten Hoejbjerg and sound designer Rasmus Winther.
Espinosa wrote the script with Clara Froberg. The film promises to be both a love story, a political story and a story about a young girl trying to find herself in a chaotic world.
The film is produced by another feature debutant, Lars Lindstroem, who is known for his stage productions. Ake Sandgren (Reconstruction, Move Me) acts as Danish co-producer along with Swedish broadcaster SVT with backing from the Swedish and Danish Film Institutes. Babylonsjukan will be released by Nordisk Film / Columbia TriStar in the fall of 2004.