Stockholm film festival’s Industry Days is kicks off Nov. 17 with the unveiling of 19 works-in-progress coming from all part of Scandinavia.
The pics, for the most part contemporary films with social and political themes, include Goran Kapetanovic’s feature debut “My Aunt in Sarajevo,” Zanyar Adami’s debut “Questan,” Hanna Hogstedt’s “My French Revolution” and Nathalie Alvarez Mesen’s “Clara Sola.”
“My Aunt in Sarajevo” turns on a refugee from Bosnia who is forced by his daughter, eager to discover her roots, to embark on a trip back to Sarajevo. “Questan” is set in 1988 in Kurdistan, amid the war between Iran and Iraq.
Reflecting on the impact of war on family life, “Questan” will center around a female soldier struggling between her role as a mother and as a warrior.
“My French Revolution,” Hogstedt’s follow-up to “Burka Songs,” follows the journey of a Swede with a broken heart who travels alone on a ferry from Marseille to Algiers after his French-Algerian girlfriend leaves him.
“Clara Sola” is a story of an autistic 32-year-old woman from a small mountain village in Colombia. The projects deals with social and religious oppression.
Running Nov. 17-19, the Industry Days confab will also host a seminar on diversity in Swedish film. The country, which is particularly progressive when it comes to gender equality, is currently investigating diversity in the movie landscape through discussions with researchers and filmmakers. Another seminar will delve into the work of storyboard artists and how their work can help directors save time and money.