Swedish Film Institute backs ‘Bluebird’

Lance Edmands makes feature helming debut

MOSCOW — U.S.-Swedish co-production “Bluebird,” the feature directing debut of New York-based helmer-editor Lance Edmands, is among the films backed in the latest round of funding from the Swedish Film Institute.

The project, which receives just under $100,000, is produced by Sweden’s Erika Wasserman. It stars Adam Driver and John Slattery in a film about a logging town in Maine where one woman’s tragic mistake has profound, unexpected consequences. Pic, which was penned by Edmands, was developed with the help of the Sundance Institute’s Directors Lab.

Kids’ animated feature “Bamse and the City of Thieves,” produced by Stockholm’s Tre Vanner (“Easy Money”), gets $1.1 million from the Swedish Film Institute for the adaptation of a story about a comic bear who fights evil with friendship and dollops of honey.

There is also $1.3 million for Hannes Holm’s follow up to drama “Behind Blue Skies,” the family comedy “Tosh in Greece,” about a boy who has the power to charm girls.

Also given coin is “The Day My Dad Was Shot,” a docu about the impact on the life of a boy, now 19, whose father was murdered 14 years ago by Sweden’s notorious “Laser Man Killer.” Pic is helmed by Babak Najafi, who won best first film at Berlin in 2010 with “Sebbe” and recently directed thriller “Easy Money 2.”

Other docus to receive funds are “The Sarnos,” which follows porn film director Joe Sarno and his wife Peggy as they make one last erotic movie, and child-murder story “Verdict DB 237 District Court of Pitea — the Murder of a Child.”