Fest Traveler: Stockholm Film Festival 2012
One of contemporary Sweden’s most acclaimed writers returns to cinema after co-writing Mikael Hafstrom’s “Evil,” which nominated for a foreign-language Oscar in 2003. Ostergren is turning his own novels, “Gentlemen” and “Gangster,” into a TV miniseries as well as a feature film. Mikael Marcimain is helming the $14.2 million co-production between B-reel and Swedish Television. Ostergren’s previous credits include Lisa Ohlin’s “Waiting for the Tenor” in 1998 as well as Tomas Alfredson’s mini “Offer och garningsman” (1999) and “Soldater i mansken” (2000).
Following a successful career in international commercials, Edfeldt’s debut “The Girl,” also the first feature of Acne Film, the production division of fashion empire Acne, was a fest success in 2009, picking up a special mention for first feature at Berlin. Set for release in 2013, Edfeldt’s second feature, “Faro,” is produced by Anna Croneman and Fatima Varhos at Bob Film. Karin Arrhenius (“The Girl”) is penning the script.
Opening Critics’ Week in Venice in 2008, Sorhaug’s feature debut “Cold Lunch” was later competed at Stockholm. Her second feature, “90 Minutes,” preemed at Toronto and is now competing for the Bronze Horse at Stockholm. Known for her narrative, plot-driven scripts, Sorhaug tells a hideous story from a male perspective. As in her debut, Norwegian thesp Aksel Hennie is starring.
Last year Norlin became the first recipient of Stockholm Film Fest’s Production Fund for female directors. Her feature debut “Tenderness,” shot in the north of Sweden, will premiere at Stockholm 2013. Norlin is a Swedish director living in Paris, where she has been working with film and theater. Her previous work includes “The Currents,” starring Sara Forestier, which has picked up several fest awards.
RUTH VEGA FERNANDEZ
Born to Spanish parents in the Canary Islands, Vega Fernandez grew up in Sweden but has been living in France for 20 years. Educated at the Royal Ballet Academy in Goteborg and the French National School of Drama in Lyon, her breakthrough role came in Mikael Marcimain’s acclaimed miniseries “How Soon Is Now.” Last year she starred in Alexandra-Therese Keining’s “Kiss Me” and is making waves in Marcimain’s “Call Girl.” She is in a French stage production of Ingmar Bergman’s “Scenes From a Marriage.”
SIMON J. BERGER
One of four young actors to have a breakthrough in Mikael Marcimain’s “How Soon Is Now” in 2007, Berger graduated from Malmo Theater Academy the same year. As one of the few policemen with remaining ideals, Berger also plays a main part in Marcimain’s “Call Girl.” He is seen in SVT’s renowned miniseries “Never Wipe Tears Without Gloves.” Next year Berger stars in “Hotell,” helmed by Lisa Langseth after her critically praised debut “Pure” in 2009.
After graduating from the Swedish Film School, Harms produced Teresa Fabik’s “Starring Maja,” which was nominated for a Guldbagge, Sweden’s top film honor, for best film in 2008. In 2010, Sonet Film tapped her to produce Karzan Kader’s “Bekas,” which started as a short but is now making its world preem as a feature at Stockholm. She was also Sweden’s Producer on the Move at Cannes.
Set for release in spring 2013, creative artist Morgenthaler is under way with his fourth feature. “Petit” is an international live action co-production starring Kim Basinger in the role of a middle-age woman who has everything in life but a child. Morgenthaler’s debut “Princess” opened Directors’ Fortnight at Cannes in 2006.
MARIETTA VON HAUSSWOLFF VON BAUMGARTEN
Writer and script consultant working as a supervisor at Script and Pitch/Torino Film Lab and Binger Film Lab. Following a long career in in public and commercial TV, social thriller “Call Girl” by Mikael Marcimain became her first feature script, inspired of classified documents involving Swedish top politicians of the 1970s. Pic offers a different view of the assumed welfare Utopia that both overwhelmed and surprised the Toronto preem audience in September.
Since the mid-1980s multi-talented Petri has written novels, and worked in journalism and filmmaking. After many notable docs, shot in a highly personal style, he adapted Lars Norens “Details” for the screen in 2003, followed by psychological thriller “Bad Faith” in 2010, based on a script by Magnus Dahlstrom. Petri’s miniseries “Death of a Pilgrim” is being screened at Stockholm as a work in progress. His next feature film is “Handling the Undead,” based on a zombie novel by John Ajvide Lindqvist (“Let the Right One In”).
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