Helsinki, 1945. The end of the war brings a new sense of artistic and social freedom for painter Tove Jansson. Modern art, dizzying parties and an open relationship with a married politician: Her unconventional life puts her at odds with her sculptor father’s strict ideals. Tove’s desire for liberty is put to the test when she meets theatre director Vivica Bandler. Her love for Vivica is electric and all-consuming but Tove begins to realise that the love she truly yearns has to be reciprocated.
As she struggles with her personal life, her creative endeavours take her in an unexpected direction. While focusing her artistic dreams on her painting, the work that started as a side project, the melancholic, haunting tales she told scared children in bomb shelters, rapidly takes on a life of its own. The exploits of the Moomins, infused with inspiration from her own life, bring Tove international fame and financial freedom. There’s a daily comic strip, a stage play and stories that continue to delight people around the world. But as she begins to find her artistic identity she has to learn to find herself. Her unrequited love for Vivica is preventing her true liberty and only by learning to break away from her can she truly be free. Tove is a captivating drama about the creative energy of an iconic talent and her turbulent search for identity, desire and freedom.
Tove is a co-production between Helsinki Filmi and Anagram.
International stars Marie Richardson (Daybreak, Evil, Eyes Wide Shut) and Peter Stormare (Fargo, Minority Report, Hamilton), two of Sweden’s most acclaimed actors, star together in the new feel-good feature film Tuesday Club, directed by Annika Appelin. The shoooting of this warm and entertaining drama comedy about love, friendship, food and passion, has started in the surroundings of Gothenburg. The stellar cast also includes Sussie Eriksson, Carina M Johansson, Björn Kjellman, Ida Engvoll, Klas Wiljergård och Maria Sid.
Tuesday Club is based on a script and novel by the author Anna Fredriksson. The film is produced by Jessica Ask and Åsa Karlsson for Anagram Sverige AB in co-production with SF Studios, Film i Väst, TV 4/C More with the support from the Swedish Film Institute. Tuesday Club will be distributed by SF Studios.
In a colorful fantastic world live the mischievous friends Snip, Snap and Snut. They live a wonderful life among trees full of cinema buns and balloons. But there is also the boring Squares who want to ban everything that’s fun.
World premiere at Gothenburg Film Festival Prisma October 26. In cinemas December 14.
My Life as a Comedian Selected for World Premiere at Toronto International Film Festival 2019
My Life as a Comedian will screen in the Discovery section at TIFF. The film is the second feature from Swedish director Rojda Sekersöz, following up her acclaimed 2017 debut Beyond Dreams.
Juha, 12, class clown in the suburb of Sävbyholm, Sweden. To be funny is the only thing he is good at and all he wants is to fit in the social peckingorder at school. When Juha as an adult performs the show – My Life As A Comedian- to sold out theatres and tells the horrid and funny stories from his childhood to the audience he gets an unexpected visit from an old friend from school which makes him return to Sävbyholm and deal with his past.
In Halvdan Viking we follow Halvdan, who lives in the East Village together with the smith Björn. Halvdan was left there when his father went looting without him. Since Halvdan isn’t a real viking, and therefore has no friends in the East Village, he often goes on his own adventures. These adventures bring him closer and closer forbidden territory, the West Village. The West Village has been in feud with Halvdan’s village as long as anyone can remember. Suddenly one day Halvdan is face to face in the woods with Meia, royal daughter of the enemy.
Halvdan Viking is produced by Jessica Ask (Anagram) in cooperation with Film i Väst, SF Studios, TV4 and cofounder by Svenska Filminstitutet, Nordisk Film and TV Fond
Based on true events an epic story of one man’s struggle for survival. Jussi Ketola, returns to Finland from the great depression struck America only to face growing political unrest. One summer night of 1930, nationalist thugs violently abduct Ketola from his home. Beaten and forced to walk the Eternal Road towards a foreign Soviet Russia, where cruelty seems to know no end, his only dream is to return to his family cost it what it may.
15 year-old Wojtek and his parents leave their home in Poland to head north and pick strawberries.They end up on a farm at Listerlandet in Blekinge. Wojtek comes into contact there with the farmer’s daughter Anneli and the two teenagers start meeting behind the backs of their parents. The relationship is complicated; there is great inequality between those in love. Anneli does not dare to show her feelings openly, she knows the relationship would not be accepted. Wojtek becomes offended, is Anneli just playing games with him? When the parents find out about them the reaction is furious.
Julia Kijowska was awarded Best Actress in a Supporting Role in Swedish Guldbagge Awards 2017.
Strawberry days is a co-production involving Anagram, Film i Skåne, SVT and Way Creative.
Becker is driven by the quest to make money and is top dog in the Småland municipality of Tingsryd, a place where everyone knows who he is. But lies, secrets and treachery are about to change the world as he knows it. To stop his empire going under he is forced to act. And in a way he never has before.
An unemployed writer accepts a job at the Yard, a transshipment hub for brand-new cars in the port of Malmö. He is an outsider, a five-digit number who is forced to manoeuvre between his suspicious colleagues and an office management, which continually watches over them.
Yarden is a co-production involving Anagram, Film i Skåne, SVT and Lucky Bird Pictures.
Touko Laaksonen served as an officer during the difficult years of the Second World War in Finland. When peace arrives, life does not get any easier. Touko is gay and there is very limited freedom for a young man like him in post-war Helsinki. Harassment and penalties await those who openly display their affection. But using the pseudonym “Tom of Finland”, his desires and longings find expression in homoerotic leather fantasies. Touko’s controversial art form becomes a way to liberation. Both for him personally, but also for the gay community in general.
Tom of Finland is a co-production involving Helsinki Filmi, Anagram, Fridthjof Film,
Foreign correspondent Morgan Pålsson has ended up in disfavour. After having put Sweden to shame in his latest report, he and the photographer Robert Flycht are sent to the fictitious African state Matóbo. He will monitor an election there that no one really cares about. But just as the duo arrive a coup d’état occurs in Matóbo – and the foreign correspondent and photographer end up in the middle of it. Suddenly, they find themselves right in the place where all of the global media outlets want to be. One of them who soon turns up is a female Norwegian journalist that Morgan immediately identifies as his arch-enemy.
Morgan Pålsson – World Reporter is a co-production involving Anagram, Film i Skåne and Metronome.
Teppo falls in love with the beautiful and blonde Sari. But no ordinary love story awaits. Teppo has a central role in a neo-Nazi group. When he meets Sari’s son he gets a shock. The son’s name is Rhamadhani and he is black. Teppo’s worlds collide, he is stuck in a dilemma. On the one hand he has a chance to realise his dream of a family and children, on the other hand he has his Nazi convictions. Racism and hatred.
When Sari becomes pregnant, Teppo decides to make peace with Rhamadhani. But his brother and Teppo’s old Nazi group clearly show their displeasure. He is forced to make up his mind and choose: love or hate?
Lejonhjärtat is a co-production involving Helsinki Film, Anagram and Film i Väst.
The camera follows former defence minister Anders Björck for one year in his work as country governor of Uppsala County. The director, Måns Månsson, assumes the role of a fly on the wall and lets Anders Björck have the main role by himself. There are no voice-overs or interviews. Mr Governor is a universal film, about loneliness, aging, democracy and national pride.
H:r Landshövding is a co-production involving Anagram, Yleisradio AB/Finlands Svenska Television, SVT, Helsinki-filmi Oy and Film i Skåne.
The cocky 20 year-old tomboy Raša has her roots in the Balkans and her heart in northwest Skåne. She lives with her father and works at the village’s local vegetable factory. But the factory downsizes and Raša loses her job – and ends up in the middle of the Swedish unemployment quagmire. She moves back and forth between meetings at the Swedish employment service and discussions with her job coach, between frustration and hell. To find a job, and provide for herself and her sick father is not easy. All she strives for is that life should offer something more. More than just to eat, sleep, die.
The Sarnos – a Life in Dirty Movies is a love story about the legendary sexploitation director Joe Sarno and Peggy, his loyal wife and partner. About their role in sex film history, about the constant commuting between New York and Sweden and, not least, their persistent struggle to succeed in producing one final erotic film.
The Sarnos is a co-production involving Anagram, Skofteland Film and Film i Skåne.
After a family tragedy, Malin decides to break up, leave her home town and start again in a new place. She gathers her things and heads off. But the journey takes a nightmarish turn. During a break on the roasdside she is kidnapped by an unknown man. She wakes up in a cellar – somewhere in the forest. Malin is forced to gather all of her strength. A long, desperate fight for survival begins.
Dino is 23 and dreams of a different life. She has left the mass unemployment of the Swedish provinces in search of happiness in nouveau-riche Oslo just like hundreds of thousands of other young Swedish people. But her new life has reached a deadlock. Dino finds herself stuck in a destructive sprial of temporary jobs, financial difficulties and wild partying. When she starts an extra job as as a housekeeper in a Norwegian middle-class home, she is thrown into a reality very far from her own.
“Underdog” is a raw and painful story of power and longing during a few sultry summer weeks. It also contains dark humour providing an unmerciful observation of the shifted power balance between Sweden and Norway ─ a reality where Swedes have become the Norwegians’ servants.
A co-production involving Anagram, Cinenic Film and Hummelfilm in collaboration with Fixafilm, Storyline, C more and Sandahlgruppen, with support from the Swedish Film Institute/Suzanne Glansborg and the Norwegian Film Institute/Anne Frilseth.
The Swedish Liberal party leader David Holst is in crisis. Just recently, he was Sweden’s hottest politician. Stylish, funny, popular and the obvious candidate as the country’s next Prime Minister. Now, two years and a disappointing election defeat later, he finds himself in free fall. The voters have deserted him, the party is in uproar and he can hardly manage to get out of bed. It gets no better when he falls head over heels in love with party general secretary Martin, the last person on earth he can fall in love with. A man. A Social Democrat.
Detective inspector Roland Hassel has retired. Nevertheless, he becomes increasingly absorbed in the unsolved murder of Swedish Prime Minister Olof Palme. He seeks answers in vain from Ring P1’s Täppas Fågelberg, Göran Lambertz’s legal clinic and the conspiracy theorist Sven Anér. The possible culpability of the Stockholm police in the Palme assassination prompts the old TV hero to turn into a private detective, who searches for answers in compulsively directed reconstructions of the shooting on Sveavägen. They search for the solution to the riddle in trivial details: in the perpetrator’s fluttering trousers, Lisbeth Palme’s body rotation and fall, in hidden lifts and prepared hiding places.
The personal story about the world’s largest file sharing site. Over a four-year period, filmmaker Simon Klose follows the founders of The Pirate Bay: Gottfrid Svartholm Warg, Peter Sunde and Fredrik Neij, in a film – beyond the copyright debate – which wants to understand where the Internet is going. TPB AFK is a human story about three young men who during the much discussed court case against the world’s largest file sharing site, find themselves at the centre of global media coverage.
The family trick the old grandmother to leave the house in order to clean it up. Worn out and broken stuff ends up at the dump. It is not until afterwards that they hear about the stashed away millions.
This is a comedy about the family’s search for a mattress, which is full of money that gets an entire country – in the middle of Ireland’s economic crisis – to head out to the dump in search of the millions.
The main roles are played by the multiple award-winning actors Fionnula Flanagan (Rich Man, Poor Man) and Pat Shortt (Father Ted).