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Jens Jonsson

Sweden’s Jens Jonsson will direct The Doctrine, a political thriller series adapted from Magnus Montelius’ novel Eight Months

Jonsson has credits including series Young Wallander and Blinded, and films Easy Money III and Sundance award-winner The King Of Ping Pong.

The novel, published in 2019, presented a then-far-fetched idea that Sweden would join NATO; given world events, the premise is now eerily contemporary.

Erik Magnusson of Anagram Sweden produces.

Backers are TV4/Cmore, Anagram, Film i Väst, Aurora Studios and Beside Productions. With investment from Finnish Impact Film Fund and support from Nordic Film&TV Fund. Newen Connect handles international distribution.

The 6x45’ series will start shooting in late March for a 2024 launch.

Jonsson said the series was a spy thriller about “how Russia could infiltrate Swedish politics.” He added that he hopes it will feel “very contemporary, very tense and portraying things as realistically as possible. Not looking down at characters, but looking eye level perspective on cold war politics.”

The cast will feature Anna Sise, Josefine Neldén and August Wittgenstein.

The project was unveiled in Berlin at a Film i Väst presentation.

Other projects

Other new Film i Väst backings include family sequel Håkan Bråkan 2, directed by Ted Kjellsson and produced by Malin Söderlund of Unlimited Stories, with the sequel focused on a scouting adventure for the kids. It will shoot from April for a holiday season launch.

Greek director Alexandros Avranas, best known for festival hit Miss Violence, is plotting Apathy, to be produced by Olivier Guerpillon for Fox in the Snow and Alejandro Arenas of Les Films du Worso.

Cast confirmed so far include Grigoriy Dobrygin and Chulpan Khamatova; a high-profile Swedish cast will be unveiled later. The story follows a family of political asylum seekers who flee Russia for Sweden. When their application for asylum is denied, one of the girls falls into a state known as Resignation Syndrome. “It’s not a film about asylum, it’s about how love can save this family. There is real light in this movie and real hope,” Guerpillon said.

Elle Driver is handling sales and the film is also a co-production with Greece, Estonia and Germany; it has Eurimages support. 

Swedish regional funding powerhouse Film i Väst, was celebrating seven of its co-productions at Berlinale 2023: Opponent; And The King Said, What a Fantastic Machine; Family Time; Do You Love Me?; Heroico; Gösta Petter-land and Madden.