×
You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Garagefilm Reteams with Lisa Aschan for ‘Call Mum!’ (EXCLUSIVE)

Garagefilm International, the leading Swedish company behind Goteborg Film Festival’s opening movie “Amateurs” by Gabriela Pichler, is reteaming with Lisa Aschan for her next feature, “Call Mum!”

“Call Mum!,” now in development, will be an emotional drama exploring mother-daughter relations.

“Parents wait all their lives for their children to say thank you and children wait all their lives for their parents to say I’m sorry. Neither will happen (in this film),” said Anna-Maria Kantarius, producer at Garagefilm International.

Shooting is planned for this autumn. The project is backed by the Swedish Film Institute, SVT, Film I Väst and Nordic Film and TV Fund. SF Studios has taken Swedish distribution and international sales rights.

Aschan made her feature debut with “She Monkeys,” which won prizes at Berlin, Tribeca, Goteborg, as well as three Guldbagge Awards (Sweden’s top film awards). She then directed “White People,” a science fiction prison thriller which earned five Guldbagge Awards nominations.

Aschan most recently directed the short film “God is Silent” which pays homage to Ingmar Bergman, and is playing as part of “Bergman Revisited” at Goteborg, along with shorts by Tomas Alfredson, Liv Strömqvist and Pernilla August.

Garagefilm International produced “God is Silent,” on top of two other shorts playing at Goteborg: Ester Martin Bergsmark’s “Swedish Candy, Some violence and a Bit of Cat,” and Jennifer Rainsford and Lena Bergendahl’s “Birds in Space.”

Speaking to Variety, Kantarius said Garagefilm International was working with some of the most interesting feature film directors in Scandinavia today- Gabriela Pichler, Ester Martin Bergsmark, Lisa Aschan and Maria Bäck — whose vast majority are women.

“I did not choose them because of gender, but because each of them possesses a unique tone that comes across whatever genre or theme the take on. This is the most important criteria for me,” explained Kantarius.

Kantarius said Pichler, for instance, was a unique director who has “socially-minded heart and a raised fist.”

“There are many Swedish directors that have a political and social take on drama but I have not encountered anyone with the mix that Gabriela possesses, which I believe is so important if you want your films to reach out to an audience beyond the one passionate about arthouse films,” added Kantarius.

“Amateurs” is set in the small municipality of Lafors, which hopes to solve its economic drought by attracting a German discount supermarket. Local teenagers are asked to produce films about their hometown to promote its appeal, but the films don’t turn out as expected. The project gets called off, but two young girls decide to continue working on their documentary anyway.

Kantarius praised the actors in “Amateurs,” 95% of which had never starred in a movie. “It’s one of the rare films that actually reflects the Sweden and the world I live in and know. It’ s complex, it’s absurd and seldom portrayed,” said the producer.

More Film

  • BRAZILIAN FLAGFRENCH OPEN TENNIS, PARIS, FRANCE

    Brazil’s Ancine Freezes Incentives, Threatening Film-TV Industry Paralysis

    Brazil’s Ancine agency, its foremost public-sector source of film funding, has frozen all of its incentive programs, potentially near paralyzing new production in Latin America’s biggest film-TV industry. The dramatic decision, which has left Brazil’s industry is a state of shock and intense fear for its future, comes as it has taken further hits. In [...]

  • Jennifer Lopez

    Jennifer Lopez Reteams With STXfilms on Romantic-Comedy Co-Starring Owen Wilson

    Jennifer Lopez is reteaming with STXfilms on the upcoming romantic-comedy “Marry Me.” Kat Coiro is directing the film and Owen Wilson is in final negotiations to join the pic, which will likely shoot this fall. The script was written by John Rogers and Tami Sagher, with a rewrite by Harper Dill. Lopez and Wilson both [...]

  • Steve Golin The Revenant Spotlight Producer

    Steve Golin, Prolific Producer and Founder of Anonymous Content, Dies at 64

    Steve Golin, an Oscar-winning producer who was founder and CEO of Anonymous Content, has died of cancer. He was 64. Golin was a pioneer in blending the business of talent management with production. Anonymous Content, which Golin founded in 1999, worked with a stable of big name artists such as Steven Soderbergh, Emma Stone, Edgar [...]

  • Kelly McCormick David Leitch

    'Hobbs and Shaw' Director David Leitch Signs First-Look Deal With Universal Pictures (EXCLUSIVE)

    Universal Pictures is signing David Leitch, his longtime producing partner, Kelly McCormick and their recently founded 87North Production banner to a first-look production deal. “David and Kelly have established themselves as a distinctive, stylish filmmaking team who can do it all, from contained thrillers to franchise tentpoles,” said Universal’s president Peter Cramer. “We are confident [...]

  • Still from cannes competition film "Parasite"

    Cannes: Bong Joon-ho Says ‘Parasite’ Is too Local to Win Competition

    Having been partially responsible for the Netflix fall out with the Cannes Film Festival, “Okja” and “Snowpiercer” director Bong Joon-ho returns to Cannes competition this year with conventionally- financed “Parasite.” But the Korean-language film is a tragicomedy that Bong says may be too nuanced for the festival. “Cannes always makes me feel excited, fresh, and [...]

  • Summer Box Office: 'Avengers: Endgame,' 'Lion

    Summer Box Office: Five Weekends to Watch

    Popcorn season is upon us, and it’ll be up to comic-book heroes, a wise-cracking genie, and a lion who would be king to ensure movie theaters are still the hottest place to spend the summer. Last summer, blockbusters like “Avengers: Infinity War,” “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom,” Ocean’s 8,” and “The Meg” drove moviegoers to their [...]

  • Critics Week

    Cannes Critics’ Week Unveils Its Lineup

    Lorcan Finnegan’s science-fiction thriller “Vivarium” with Jesse Eisenberg and Imogen Poots, Jérémy Clapin’s fantasy-filled animated feature “I Lost My Body,” and Hlynur Pálmason’s Icelandic drama “A White, White Day” are among the 11 films set to compete at Critics’ Week, the section dedicated to first and second films that runs parallel with the Cannes Film [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content