Burrowing (Man tänker sitt), directors: Henrik Hellström, Fredrik Wenzel, Sweden, 2009, 77 mins

Grand Prix Award Nomination – 2009 Era New Horizons Festival

Residential estate in Sweden. The houses there are large and spacious, surrounded by neat hedges but the relations between people are alarmingly cold with nighbours keeping each other at a distance. We see the portrait of a perfect world with the eyes of an eleven-year-old boy. The people here are sad and deep in a melancholic state, though they are surrounded with comfort others can only dream of.

 

Play, director: Ruben Östlund, Sweden, 2011, 118 mins

2012 Swedish Film Institute Award – Best Director, Best Cinematography

A film based on real cases of bullying that took place in Sweden. A group of teenagers stops few younger boys and accuses them of stealing their phone. That’s how the cruel and treacherous game begins with the older boys playing the persecutors and the younger ones their victims.

 

Happy End, director: Björn Runge, Sweden, Denmark, 2011, 97 mins

2012 Swedish Film Institute Award – Best Leading Actress

Happy End is a fairytale for adults. It’s about five people with an important liaison to one another, who are all avoiding to be truthful. They are living in a world of shadows, lined by lies and falsities and are only waiting for the truth to appear so that they may be able to continue their lives in another direction.

 

Kiss me (Kyss myg), director: Alexandra-Therese Keining, Sweden, 2011, 105 mins

Lasse and Elisabeth are going to get married. Lasse’s daughter, Mia, comes to his engagement party together with her fiancé, Tim. It’s where she meets Elisabeth’s lesbian daughter, Frida. Frida quickly shows her interest in Mia. As Mia and Frida get to know one another, strong emotions begin to stir between them. Their relationship will turn everything upside down for everyone close to them with dramatic consequences.

 

Pure (Till det som är vackert), director: Lisa Langseth, Sweden, 2010, 101 mins

2011 Swedish Film Institute Award – Best Leading Actress, Best Screenplay

Katarina is 20 years old. With a troubled past in a dreary suburb, her life seems to be already set in stone – until she discovers music. Everything changes when she hears a performance of Mozart’s Requiem that sends her reeling and opens up a beautiful new world. She feels that she has to change her life and get as far away from her ugly reality as possible.

 

Simple Simon (I rymden finns inga känslor), director: Andreas Öhman, Sweden, 2010, 86 mins

2011 Swedish Film Institute Award – Nomination for the Best Screenplay and for the Best Leading Actor

Swedish candidate for the Academy Awards in 2011

Simon, 18, suffers from Asperger’s syndrome. He likes space, science and circles but can’t understand feelings. Simon’s life turns into chaos when his brother Sam gets dumped by his girlfriend. Simon realizes it is up to him and his scientifically perfect plan to find a new girlfriend for Sam and to restore the order.

 

She Monkeys (Apflickorna), director: Lisa Aschan, Sweden, 2011, 84 mins

2011 Göteborg IFF – Best Scandinavian Film

2012 FIPRESCI Award – Best Director

2011 Berlin IFF – Special Mention

Emma likes having everything under control. When she starts training horse voulting she meets Cassandra – strong, attractive and lively girl. It quickly turns out that they share the need for specific, unfair game…and they become best friends. Soon there appears chaos.

 

Stockholm East (Stockholm Östra), director: Simon Kaijser da   Silva, Sweden, 2011, 95 mins

2012 Swedish Film Institute Awards – Best Leading Actor, Best Screenplay

Two strangers are bound together by a tragedy that has taken its toll on both their lives and relationships. When Johan and Anna meet at the railway station connecting Stockholm with the idyllic suburbs where they both live, they embark on a dangerous journey of passion and lies.

New Swedish Cinema Panorama was prepared in the cooperation with the Swedish Film Institute.