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Stockholm Fest Selects ‘Wild Again’ As Feature Film Award Winner

Feature Film Award is a program dedicated to support films by Swedish female directors

STOCKHOLMStockholm Film Festival has come on board to exec-produce and financially-back Fia-Stina Sandlund’s “She’s Wild Again Tonight,” as part of its Feature Film Award, a program dedicated to support movies by Swedish female directors.

“Wild” will collect a grant of $800K to finance the project and will be guaranteed local theatrical distribution by NonStop Ent., followed by a VOD rollout two weeks later on local platform Telia.

A post-modern bigscreen makeover of August Strindberg’s play “Miss Julie” (Froken Julie) set in contempo New York, the film will star Alexandra Dahlstrom and Swedish musician-turned-thesp Jens Lekman as two stage actors who meet and reenact the play. Lekman will handle the soundtrack.

Script was co-penned by Josefine Adolfsson and Sandlund. Tobias Janson is producing for Story AB.

The Feature Film Award was launched in May 2011 by the festival, in partnership with Telia, the Swedish Film Institute, Europa Sound & Vision and Dagsljus and distribution company NonStop Ent.. Swedish broadcaster SVT also joined the program in 2012.


I’ve always ben against the idea of imposing gender quotas and this program is first and foremost about finding gems. My idea is to give ambitious women filmmakers a headstart to get their films made in the best conditions and help them enter the festival circuit,” said Stockholm Film Festival director and co-founder Git Scheynius. Added Scheynius, “When I started the Stockholm Film Festival in 1990, there weren’t that many women directors presenting their films but I thought their presence would eventually build up, and as it never really took off I decided to create this initiative.”

The Feature Film Award goes to directorial debuts as well as second and third films which have a maximum budget of 1 million Euros ($1.3 million).

Past recipients are Sofia Norlin’s drama “Tenderness,” which world-preemed at this year’s Stockholm fest; and Amanda Adolfsson’s coming-of-age drama “Young Sophie Bell.”

“We’re interested in original projects that explore new grounds in every way — for instance, ‘Tenderness” took place in a mine in Kiruna, a remote region in Northern Sweden, while ‘Young Sophie Bell’ is set in Southern Sweden and Berlin; and ‘She’s Wild Again Tonight’ deals with gender identity and is set in a Brooklyn loft,” said fest programmer George Ivanov.

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