The Swedish Film Institute (SFI) has attracted localcriticism for its selection of seven new features to receive state funding.
Among the seven films that received $3.1M (SEK 23M) in totalfrom the SFI, not one will be directed by a woman. Furthermore, five of thefilms are adaptations of books written by internationally best-selling Swedishcrime writers Henning Mankell and Hakan Nesser.
The sixth film to received backing from the SFI is anothercrime story, while the last one is a screen adaptation of popular local TVseries Pistvakt.
Local journalists are now asking what happened to the"multiplicity of choice" that the film commissioners are meant to guarantee'.
Bearing in mind that the task of the SFI's two feature filmcommissioners is to "develop Swedish film of value" and that there has beenincreasing concern in the past few years about the lack of women in the Swedishfilm industry, the recent greenlights are set to renew a heated debate in the Swedish media.