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Swedes shoot for int’l appeal with ‘Rancid’

Helmer follows Danish industry's lead

STOCKHOLM — Top Swedish producer Sonet Film moves into English-lingo production with the New York-set thriller “Rancid,” described as the most expensive “totally Swedish” movie ever made, at $6 million.

“We feel sure that a well-made Swedish thriller, shot in English and with an international cast, will have international appeal,” said Sonet Film managing director Peter Possne, who is also producing the pic.

“Rancid” is written and directed by Swedish helmer Jack Ersgard, who now lives in L.A. Pic stars Matthew Settle (“Band of Brothers”) and Fay Masterson (“Drive, She Said”) with Swedish actors including Pernilla August in supporting parts.

Shooting in Stockholm

“The budget is the highest ever for a totally Swedish film,” said Possne. “Apart from some days of exterior shooting in New York and Los Angeles, everything else is shot in a studio in Stockholm.”

Possne estimates the film will be ready for a first look at the Cannes Film Festival in May.

The move means the Swedish film industry is starting to compete with the Danes in an area where the latter have been successful in the past couple of years: shooting domestic films in English.

Danish filmmakers have produced “Dogville,” “Dancer in the Dark,” “Fear X” and “It’s All About Love.” The films were shot mainly in Scandinavia, but the action took place in the U.S.

Later on this year, Tomas Vinterberg will shoot the U.S.-set “Dear Wendy” in Denmark, and Lars von Trier will shoot “Dogville” sequel “Manderley” in Sweden.

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