5 items from 2017
B-Reel Films, the hip Stockholm-based banner behind some of Scandinavia’s most ambitious films and TV shows, from Mikael Marcimain’s “Gentlemen” to Pernilla August’s “A Serious Game,” recently ventured into the ultra-competitive English-language movie landscape with Lisa Langseth’s “Euphoria,” starring Alicia Vikander, Eva Green and Charlotte Rampling, and is developing a flurry of more upscale projects.
B-Reel Films is coming off a busy start of the year, having just won two Swedish Guldbagge Awards (Sweden’s equivalent of the Oscars) for “A Serious Game” including supporting actor for Michael Nyqvist. And on the TV side, the shingle’s first Nordic noir series “Before We Die” launched to hit ratings on Sweden’s public broadcaster Svt.
The company has two movies in post: “Euphoria,” which reteams Langseth and Vikander after the critically acclaimed “Hotel,” as well “Bergman,” a feature-length doc about Ingmar Bergman directed by Jane Magnuson. The »
- Elsa Keslassy
On track to ramp up its international profile with ambitious features, Stockholm-based outfit B-Reel Films is set to produce “There’s Nothing to be Afraid of,” a coming-of-age romance set amid the Swedish Christian fundamentalist cult Livets Ord, which will mark the feature film debut of Swedish filmmaker Johan Renck.
Renck has directed a raft of high-profile drama series, from Netflix’s “Bloodline,” to Sky’s “The Last Panthers” to episodes of “Breaking Bad” and “The Walking Dead,” among other shows. Renck has also helmed music videos of David Bowie’s “Lazarus” and “Blackstar.”
“Nothing,” based on based on Johan Heltne’s controversial book which is set in the early 1990s, centers on Jonathan, a 16-year-old belonging to the cult Livets Ord who is about to become an adult and falls in love with Nina while on a trip. Suffering from epileptic seizures, the young man starts seeing a psychologist, »
- Elsa Keslassy
Protagonist Pictures has boarded sales on the project and will launch to buyers at this week’s European Film Market in Berlin.
Set in the 1920s, the film will depict the passionate love affair between English novelist Woolf (Green) and socialite Sackville-West (Arterton), which inspired the former to write her novel Orlando.
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After highlighting 50 films that we can guarantee are worth seeing this year, it’s time we venture into the unknown. Rather than regurgitating a list of dated-years-in-advance studio releases, we’ve set out to focus on 100 films we’re genuinely looking forward to, regardless of their marketing budgets. While some might not have a set release — let alone any confirmed festival premiere — most have wrapped production and will likely debut at some point in 2017, so make sure to check back for updates over the next twelve months and beyond. Be sure to keep the following one-hundred films on your radar (with release dates, where applicable). If you want to see how we did with our picks last year (potentially to shame us), head on over here.
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5 items from 2017
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