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Swedish Film Institute Backs ‘Flocking,’ ‘False Witness’

Swedish Film Institute Backs ‘Flocking,’ ‘False Witness’
Swedish helmer Beata Gardeler, who earned a Guldbagge award nomination and the Novella Film nod at Goteborg Intl. film festival for her debut “In Your Veins,” is on board to direct her sophomore feature, “Flocking.”

The drama, which is one of the projects selected by the Swedish Film Institute to receive funding, tells the tale of a 15-year-old Jennifer who accuses a boy in her class of raping her. As the girl and her parents face the judgment of her community, they become entangled in a dark downward spiral.

The film explores the mechanisms of mob mentality, according to the Swedish Film Institute (Sfi). It’s penned by Emma Brostrom and produced by Annika Hellstrom and Agneta Fagerstrom Olsson at 2afilm Ab.

Other recipients of the Sfi production funding include “False Witness,” Iglika Triffonova’s drama shedding light on the Balkans conflict and the subsequent Hague tribunal. The movie centers
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Blind Dates takes top Sofia prize

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Blind Dates takes top Sofia prize
Georgia was the big winner at the 18th edition of the Sofia International Film Festival (Siff) which closed at the weekend with the Grand Prix for Best Film and Best Director award going to Levan Koguashvili’s second feature Blind Dates.

The melancholic comedy, which premiered at the Berlinale’s Forum last month, also received the Fipresci International Film Critics’ Prize. Handled internationally by Films Boutique, it is already booked to screen at the April festivals in Wiesbaden (goEast) and Lecce and in Odessa in July.

Presenting the Grand Prix to Koguashvili, the International Jury’s president producer Alexander Rodnyansky said that the jury’s discussion on the top prize had ¨lasted only about 10 minutes and was unanimous. This film has become the absolute winner of this festival!¨

In addition, Vladimer Katcharava of Tbilisi-based 20 Steps Production received the Sofia Meetings’ €10,000 Digimage - Lvt Postproduction Award for Miriam Khachvani’s Dede which he pitched in the Plus Minus
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DVD Review - Exit (2006)

Exit, 2006.

Directed by Peter Lindmark.

Starring Mads Mikkelsen, Samuel Fröler, Alexander Skarsgård, Kirsti Torhaug, Börje Ahlstedt, Kristina Törnqvist.

Synopsis:

A successful businessman is accused of murdering his mentor and partner for reasons of financial gain. He must attempt to clear his name, while also protecting his young family.

This taut Swedish action thriller arrives on UK shores via the so-called (and on occasion mistakenly so) Nordic Noir imprint of Arrow Films, a distribution decision based on the intention to reach the dedicated fans of Scandinavian film and TV. It appears to be a sensible one, as Exit contains many of the elements that have made the recent wave of largely Danish and Swedish film offerings to be so successful.

Firstly, it stars Mads Mikkelsen (The Hunt, Valhalla Rising, Hannibal), an actor capable of expressing intangible depths of internal despair and stress through his unusual and constantly changeable features. His turn
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[Viff Review] Pure

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What’s worse than giving sex to a married man for money? Giving it for love. It’s a tough distinction to delineate for a reformed twenty-year old prostitute whose only role model growing up was a drug-addled, suicidal mother that more or less taught her the business. Hoping for redemption and a ‘cleaner’ life, Katarina (Alicia Vikander) has vowed to never go back and instead cherish her boyfriend Mattias (Martin Wallström)—the one decent male in Sweden who doesn’t yell whore at her on the streets. Unfortunately, while the purity of one’s soul and a genuine hope for love is nice on paper, finding it quickly after the hardships endured from her past is unrealistic. She is too susceptible to kindness; too willing to believe anyone outside of her suburban slum is good. While the title may be Till det som är vackert [Pure], the lead character is anything but.
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