The spotlight shines on Sweden at 2013 Edinburgh International Film Festival


The spotlight shines on Sweden at 2013 Edinburgh International Film Festival

This year’s edition of the Edinburgh International Film Festival will pay tribute to Swedish film by showcasing a selection of films by some of the country’s most exciting and innovative filmmakers, many of whom will be in attendance at the Festival on and around 25th June.

Some of the features included in the dedicated strand ‘Focus on Sweden’, include Måns Månsson’s debut feature ROLAND HASSEL which breathes new life into 1980s cult television character Roland Hassel, played by the show’s original star Lars-Erik Berenett. Now a retired police detective, Hassel cannot let go of the unsolved 1986 murder of Sweden’s Prime Minister Olof Palme. Both director Måns Månsson and editor George Cragg will be in Edinburgh for the screening.

SANCTUARY is director Fredrik Edfeldt and writer Karin Arrhenius’ second film together after critically acclaimed “The Girl”. The film tells the story of a father who has killed a man and will shortly be arrested and sent to prison. His young daughter will be taken into care. They are inseparable and have nothing but each other. Unwilling to give up their freedom they escape into the woods. Both Edfeldt and Arrhenius will be in attendance at the EIFF.

UP & AWAY is set in the early 1990s when Saddam Hussein’s regime is putting enormous pressure on the Kurdish region of Iraq. Two homeless Kurdish boys see Superman at their local cinema and decide to run away to America. But to get there they need some things they clearly don’t have: passports, money and a high degree of luck. Undeterred they set off on their journey to pursue their own American dream. Director Karzan Kader will be in Edinburgh for the screening.

Focus on Sweden’ also includes the experimental documentary BELLEVILLE BABY, from Mia Engberg, a true story of love that raises questions about identity, class and fate; CALL GIRL by Mikael Marcimain which tells the explosive story of underage prostitution among the Swedish elite in the 1970s and an enchanting rediscovery from the first golden age of Swedish cinema, Mauritz Stiller’s 1919 film SIR ARNE’S TREASURE is an exquisite masterpiece, which will be shown with live musical accompaniment.

Finally, a seven-strong selection of some of the finest short-form cinema emerging from contemporary Sweden, presents the undercurrents bubbling fervently just beneath the surface of society. A number of the filmmakers attached to ‘Shorts from Sweden: The Hidden Reverse’ will also be in town for the Festival, including Gunhild Enger (A SIMPLER LIFE) Jonathan Lewald (BLUSHING) and Åsa Blanck & Johan Palmgren (GRANDPA AND ME AND A HELICOPTER TO HEAVEN).

The Focus on Sweden is supported by the Swedish Film Institute.

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