Clockwise, l-r: And Then We Danced (French Quarter Film), Transnistra (Momento Film), The Unpromised Land (Bautafilm), Ridge (Plattform Produktion)

Ten Swedish films and co-productions are featured at the BFI London Film Festival which starts on October 2, among them Levan Akin's festival hit And Then We Danced and Anna Eborn's acclaimed documentary Transnistra. Furthermore, Victor Lindgren's The Unpromised Land has been selected for the Tokyo International Film Festival.

"I'm grateful for the opportunity to showcase such a wide and diverse display of high quality Swedish film to an international audience, with the filmmakers present. And I'm delighted by the BFI London Film Festival's commitment and selection", says Steffen Andersen-Møller, Head of the International Department at the Swedish Film Institute. The BFI London Film Festival takes place October 2-13 and will feature five Swedish films and five co-productions.

Swedish films at the BFI Festival:

  • And Then We Danced
    Set in the homophobic, gender-conservative world of dance in the country of Georgia, the film tells the story of young dancer Merab who risks losing everything when he falls for his biggest rival in the dance company. And Then We Danced, filmed in Georgia under tremendous pressure and secrecy, had its world premiere in the Director's Fortnight section at Cannes earlier this year, and has picked up awards at the Sarajevo and Odessa film fests. It is also nominated for a European University Film Award (EUFA) and has been chosen as Sweden's submission for the Best International Feature Film Oscar. Writer-director Levan Akin and actor Levan Gelbakhiani will attend the festival.
  • Koko-Di Koko-Da
    As a couple goes on a trip to find their way back to each other, a sideshow artist and his shady entourage emerge from the woods, terrorizing them, luring them deeper into a maelstrom of psychological terror and humiliating slapstick. This nightmarish drama debuted at Sundance and writer-director Johannes Nyholm will soon embark on a trip across the Atlantic for the New York premiere, in a specially-designed boat featuring a 25-seat cinema that will screen the film. Nyholm will also be a guest at the BFI Festival.
  • Ridge
    Based on stories gathered and formed among the people who live in a small farming community in the south of Sweden, Ridge is a feature film/documentary hybrid composed of fragments of lives lived in the periphery. Director and artist John Skoog’s poetic film was awarded the Sven Nykvist Cinematography Award at the Gothenburg Film Festival, for director of photography Ita Zbroniec-Zajt’s work, and also picked up the main DOX:AWARD at Denmark's CPH:DOX. Ridge was produced by Plattform Produktion, the company behind Ruben Östlund’s films, most recently Palme d’Or winner The Square and upcoming Triangle of Sadness. John Skoog will attend the festival.
  • Transnistra
    Anna Eborn’s dreamy coming-of-age documentary details six teenagers over the course of one year whilst marooned in Transnistria, a Soviet-style breakaway republic sandwiched between Moldova and Ukraine. Transnistra world premiered at this year's Rotterdam Film Festival where it picked up the top award in the Big Screen Competition. The film was also the winner for Best Nordic Documentary at the Göteborg Film Festival. Anna Eborn will be attending the BFI Festival.
  • Interstice (short)
    When Anders makes an indecent proposal to his younger boyfriend Micke, things take a very sudden dark turn. Written, directed and produced by Oskar Willers, Interstice will have its world premiere in London, with Willers in attendance.
  • Gösta (tv series)
    Lukas Moodyson, the acclaimed writer-director behind films like Show Me Love (1998), Together (2000) and  Mammoth (2009) will attend the festival with his new comedy series Gösta. Centered around mild-mannered child psychologist Gösta (Midsommar'Vilhelm Blomgren), this is HBO’s first commissioned tv series out of Scandinavia. 

Swedish co-productions, in brief:

  • The Whistlers by Romanian director Corneliu Porumboiu
  • Fanny Lye Deliver'd by UK director Thomas Clay
  • A White, White Day directed by Iceland's Hlynur Pálmason
  • Cold Case Hammarskjöld by Danish director Mads Brugger
  • Monos by Brazilian director Alejandro Landes
  • The Miracle of the Sargasso Sea by Greek director Syllas Tzoumerkas
  • Divine Love by Brazilian director Gabriel Mascaro


The Unpromised Land in Tokyo

Furthermore, The Unpromised Land by Swedish writer-director Victor Lindgren has been selected for the Tokyo International Film Festival, one of Asia's biggest film events.

The film is a drama about the friendship between two teenage girls – Sabina who has traveled from Romania to the small Swedish town of Holmsund with her brothers, and Elin who was born and raised i the tight-knit community. Together they revolt against the old ways and find something new in each other, while the society around them collapses in fear and prejudice.

The Unpromised Land was awarded the Angelo Award at Göteborg Film Festival earlier this year. Lindgren will attend the Tokyo festival, which takes place between October 28-November 5. 


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