"The Circle" is ready for the big screen
The Film Institute has presented the line-up of Swedish films that will be premiering in the cinemas this spring. The institute is particularly pleased that half of the films are made by debutants, but also that almost half of the directors are women.
The biggest film, in terms of budget, is the first one based on the Engelsfors trilogy, "The Circle", "Fire" and "The Key". The books have been translated into 28 langugages, and their fans have been counting the months, weeks and days until the get to see the first film.
The making of the film, which will be released in theaters next month, got off to a rocky start, with the book's authors Sara Bergmark Elfgren and Mats Strandberg, pulling out of the original production, citing their responsibility towards the original story and its fans. Then, Ludvig Andersson, and his father, the famous Benny Andersson of ABBA, entered the scene, eager to do their bit to make it see the light of day.
The six young actresses at the centre of the film, are in their early twenties, with varying degree of experience from film. Radio Sweden spoke to Miranda Frydman and Josefin Asplund who play Vanessa and Rebecka, about how scary it feels to play in a film based on books with a huge fan base.
Another film with fresh faces is "Svenskjävel", or "Underdog", as it is called in English. It has already been reaping awards at film festivals around the world and was named the Best Debut Feature Film at the Zurich festival last autumn.
It sets out to portray the fate of a generation of young Swedes who leave the unemployment of their native Sweden, to go work in the oil-rich neighbour Norway. Bianca Kronlöf plays the lead role of Dino in the film. Radio Sweden spoke to her about the film, and the challenge of being stereotypically typecasted.