Mikael Marcimain’s follow-up to award-winning Call Girl to open Swedish festival.

The Stockholm International Film Festival has revealed that Mikael Marcimain’s Gentlemen will open its 25th edition (Nov 5-16).

The adaptation of Klas Östergren’s eponymous novel will also compete in the Stockholm XXV Competition section, and is nominated for the best film Bronze Horse Award. 

The film centres on a young novelist who discovers the story of a lifetime when his host - a bon vivant and possible spy with friends in high places - reveals the existence of a conspiracy by Europe’s ultra-wealthy elite, who are secretly remodelling the continent to serve their own sinister needs.

The cast features David Dencik, David Fukamachi Regnfors, Ruth Vega Fernandez and Sverrir Gudnason.

Marcimain’s previous feature, Call Girl, opened Stockholm in 2012 where it won the audience award and went on to win the FIPRESCI prize at Toronto, where Gentlemen debuted last week.

“It is a great honor to once again open the Stockholm Film Festival,” said Marcimain. “Gentlemen evokes a city and a time that starkly contrasts today’s society. It’s an unpolished epic, an adventure in a no longer existing era.”

Gentlemen is produced by B-Reel, Fredrik Heinig, Johannes Åhlund and Mattias Norhborg, with aid from Svenska Filminstitutet, film consultant Lars G Lindström, Norsk Filminstitutt, Nordisk Film & TV Fond, with Sveriges Television, AB Svensk Filmindustri, Film i Skåne, Film i Väst, 4 ½ Film, Reel Ventures, in cooperation with Chimney and Wild Bunch.

The film is set to premiere in Sweden on Dec 5, distributed by AB Svensk Filmindustri.