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The latest in a string of stylish crime thrillers to emerge from Scandinavia, Tommy is the new film from Swedish director Tarik Saleh, and offers a blistering change of pace to 2009's animated sci-fi odyssey Metropia.A daring airport robbery and 4 million Euros in swag proves the catalyst for an intricately played tale of deception and betrayal in the wintry climes of Swedish capital Stockholm over the Christmas holidays. Mob wife Estelle (Moa Gammel) returns to Sweden from Sri Lanka, determined to collect her husband Tommy's share of the loot. Feared throughout the city, Tommy is rumoured to be dead, and suspicions grow when Estelle is stopped bringing what appears to be an urn of ashes into the country. With another of the gang already murdered...
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As Efm nears the end, Swedish sales powerhouse Svensk Filmindustri has closed a flurry of deals across its slate.
The outfit sold Tarik Saleh’s “Tommy,” a stylized Swedish crime thriller starring Lykke Li, to the U.K. (Arrow) and Iran (Century 21). Svensk is in advanced negotiations with German, Spanish and Latin American buyers.
“We’ve been getting some upbeat feedback on the film since it premiered at Goteborg Intl. Film Festival,” said Svensk’s head of sales Ann-Kristin Westerberg.
Saleh unveiled footage of “Tommy” at the Stockholm fest. Pic, produced by his shingle Atmo, marks the helmer’s follow-up to the animated feature “Metropia” starring Juliette Lewis, Alexander Skarsgard and Stellan Skarsgard.
Svensk has also closed further deals on Sweden’s top-grossing local film of 2013, “Monica Z,” to the U.K. (Arrow), Colombia, Pan-American TV rights and Central America (Cineplex) and Cis (Russian Reports).
“Monica Z,” which is a »
- Elsa Keslassy
Swedish director, producer and journalist Tarik Saleh got his start in the early 1990s as one of his country’s most prominent graffiti artists. Since then, Saleh has gone on to co-direct documentaries including 2001’s “Sacrificio – Who Betrayed Che Guevara” and “Gitmo – The New Rules of War” in 2005. “Metropia,” the animated feature Saleh directed in 2009, premiered as the opening film at the critic week in Venice. Saleh is also a co-founder of the Swedish production company Atmo. His current thriller, “Tommy,” starring Ola Rapace and Lykke Li, switches gears as Saleh transitions from the docu format to fiction. Based on actual events, “Tommy” tells the story of a robbery at an airport and offers a more in-depth portrayal of the women in Sweden’s crime world. The flick will close the Goteborg Int’l film festival and bows in Swedish theaters in March. Variety talked to Saleh during the festival. »
- Andrea Seikaly
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