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Stockholm-Based Production Company Reels in Swedish Cinema

10 February 2017 4:36 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

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

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Berlinale: B-Reel to Produce Renck’s Thriller ‘Nothing’ (Exclusive)

9 February 2017 11:45 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

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

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Eva Green, Gemma Arterton board lesbian romance 'Vita & Virginia'

8 February 2017 3:00 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Burn Burn Burn director Chanya Button is directing the project, which is being launched at the Efm.

Eva Green will star as Virginia Woolf and Gemma Arterton will play Vita Sackville-West in Vita & Virginia, director Chanya Button’s second feature after Burn Burn Burn.

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.

Chanya Button, who made her feature debut in 2015 with the well-received Burn Burn Burn, will direct the film from a screenplay she co-wrote with Eileen Atkins, on whose stage play the film is based.

Producers are Evangelo Kioussis of Mirror Productions and Katie Holly of Blinder Films (Love & Friendship). Eva Green, Gemma Arterton and Mirror’s Simon Baxter are executive producers »

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Our 100 Most-Anticipated Films of 2017

11 January 2017 9:34 AM, PST | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

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.

100. The Discovery (Charlie McDowell; Winter Tbd)

One of the primary pleasures of Charlie McDowell‘s directorial debut The One I Love was his ability »

- The Film Stage

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Top 100 Most Anticipated Foreign Films of 2017: #34. Lisa Langseth’s Euphoria

6 January 2017 12:00 PM, PST | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »


Director: Lisa Langseth

Writer: Lisa Langseth

Swedish director Lisa Langseth makes her English language debut with her third feature, Euphoria.

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