Garage Films, the Swedish shingle behind arthouse hit “Something Must Break,” is set to produce “The Boyfriend,” the directorial debut of Fanni Metelius, the star of Ruben Östlund’s “Force Majeure.”
Metelius will play the lead. Her latest role in “Force Majeure” has garnered critical acclaim after the film premiered at Cannes’ Directors’ Fortnight. It’s repping Sweden in the Oscar’s foreign-language race.
Anna-Maria Kantarius, producer at Garage Films, said “The Boyfriend” was about “a breakup, a sexless relationship and a revolution.” Casting is under way, and shooting is planned for 2015.
Garage Films’ slate also include Lisa Aschan’s “White People,” which stars Pernilla August, Vera Vitali and Isaka Sawadogo as a group of people who fight for survival after being locked away. NonStop Entertainment will handle Nordic distribution.
Kantarius said Garage Films was looking for a sales agent. Pic is now in post.
Garage Films is at the forefront of Sweden’s new wave of filmmaking, backing up-and-comers and emerging talent, such as Ester Martin Bergsmark, whose pic “Something Must Break” played well on the international festival circuit. It screened at Tribeca, snatched up the Tiger Award at Rotterdam as well as an award at Goteborg.