The Swedish Film Institute’s Wild Card initiative, which backs fresh film school graduates with development grants for their first features, has selected this year’s three recipients. They include:
- Amanda Björk with Hysterika, about a 27-year-old woman who lives a destructive life and is committed to the psychiatric ward for the first time. She confronts herself, her prejudices against the ward and the other patients.
- Jonathan Nikolaj Heinius with Sophisticated Failing, about a slacker chick who makes a living stealing high-end meat. She is framed for a missing delivery and must clear her name.
- Nathalie Álvarez Mesén with The Wolf Will Tear Your Immaculate Hands, a magical realist drama set in the 17th century about a woman who returns to her hometown to find out why her sister was murdered during a witch hunt.
Wild Card is a development subsidy for new graduates to move forward with their first features. The directors must also have a producer attached who has made at least two films.
Each project receives a development award of $40,600 (SEK 400,000).
Last year’s Wild Card recipients - Fanny Ovesen, Jerry Carlsson and Ernst De Geer - are still at work on their debut features.