Bjorn Runge's Daybreak (Om Jag Vänder Mig Om) is to play in the main competition at this year's Berlin Film Festival (Feb 5-15), the first Swedish film selected since Bo Widerberg's swansong All Things Fair in 1996.

Daybreak was last week nominated in record eight categories for the Guldbagga Award's, Sweden's Oscar equivalent.

The film takes place over one night, which changes the lives of a family and their best friends. It stars Jakob Eklund, Pernilla August and Marie Richardson.

It is the first feature from Auto Images, the Malmo-based production outfit set up in 1998 by Magnus Gertten and Stefan Berg, which formed an alliance with leading art-house distributor Triangel Film in 2000.

The latter released Daybreak on Nov 14 last year. The film received highly favourable reviews, and so far it has attracted 60.000 admissions.

Writer-director Runge (b.1961) has worked in TV since 1991 and Daybreak is his second feature after 1996's Harry And Sonja, which starred Stellan Skarsgaard.

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