Swedish Film Continues Its International Success
Swedish film has a strong position in the world today and documentaries are an important genre for Swedish film and Swedish filmmakers with proven skills at touching both everyday and controversial topics.
Examples are ”Searching for Sugarman” by Malik Bendjelloul who won an Oscar in 2014 and ”Bananas” by Fredrik Gertten which deals with the conflict between Dole and banana plantation workers in Nicaragua.
Bikes vs Cars – World premiere!
The feature doc film Bikes vs Cars by Fredrik Gertten will have its world premiere at SXSW as Documentary Spotlight at SXSW.
The bike is a great tool for change, but the powerful interests who gain from the private car invest billions each year on lobbying and advertising to protect their business. Bikes vs Cars depicts a global crisis that we all deep down know we need to talk about: Climate, earth’s resources, cities where the entire surface is consumed by the car. An ever-growing, dirty, noisy traffic chaos. In the film we meet activists and thinkers who are fighting for better cities, who refuse to stop riding despite the increasing number killed in traffic. The film is shot in Los Angeles, Toronto, Sao Paulo, Bogota, Berlin and Copenhagen.
Swedish Fredrik Gertten is an award-winning documentary film-maker with a long list of films on his résumé. His previous films Bananas!* and Big Boys Gone Bananas!* have now been screened in over 100 countries. When Bikes vs Cars reached out for contributions via Kickstarter, a crowdfunding page, the support came from over 2000 people in 50 countries.
Section: Documentary Feature
Premiere Status: World Premiere
Director: Fredrik Gertten
Language: English with Subtitles
The Ceremony – North American Premiere!
The documentary feature The Ceremony by Lina Mannheimer will have its North American Premiere at SXSW!
France’s most famous dominatrix, two close friends and two lovers share their innermost thoughts about love, friendship, dominance and submission – as we meet the unusual and fascinating author Catherine Robbe-Grillet and her inner circle.
Lina Mannheimer has worked with director Gilles Bourdos and at the New York-based company Salty Features. In 2010 she directed a short film, The Contract, presenting a glimpse of the universe of Catherine Robbe-Grillet. The film premiered at IDFA in 2010 and has traveled the world since then. The Ceremony is Mannheimer’s debut documentary feature.
Section: Documentary Feature
Premiere Status: North American Premiere
Director: Lina Mannheimer
Kung Fury – short film sucess crowdfunded via Kickstarter
Kung Fury is a visually spectacular action comedy that has its foundation in 80s cop movies.
The project was started by David Sandberg from Umeå in Sweden, who is also the producer and director of the short film. The film has today received about 600 000 dollars through Kickstarter and have gotten incredible attention.
King Fury is a success story that began in the best DIY – spirit. It gives a new image of Sweden as an exciting film country where everything from Swedish internationally bestselling crime series is made, feature films and pioneering project that King Fury.
The film will be showcased in the Swedish Booth at Trade Show.
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