Swedish filmmakers return to Cannes
Three Swedish films have made the cut to compete at what is arguably the world's most prestigious film festival, just getting underway today at Cannes on the French Riviera.
The Swedish favorite seems to be "Play", Ruben Östlund's feature-length film, based on a true story about racial prejudice in Gothenburg.
"I know that already French media are very interested in this film, because I think they can relate to the problematics in it," says Swedish Radio Culture news reporter, Lisa Bergström, grabbing a moment to talk to Radio Sweden as she heads from a Woody Allen screening to lunch.
"Ruben Östlund – this is his second time in Cannes, so probably he will have good chances (of winning a prize). He has a good reputation here, and I think the film has some interesting things, so we'll see," she says.
Another of the Swedish entries is "Las Palmas," a short film by Johannes Nyholm, who has been to Cannes twice before. The trailer, which features a baby getting drunk amongst puppets, has already been a big hit on YouTube, according to Bergström.
The short film "Killing the Chickens to Scare the Monkeys" by Jens Assur, is the third Swedish entry, and tells the story of a group execution in China.