Karin Franz Körlof (The Wife) in War in Academia. Fotograf/Källa: Dana O’Keefe

The latest recipients of Swedish Film Institute production funding include the feature sequel to Kung Fury, a new project by Thomas Vinterberg, art drama with Monica Bellucci, and horror in a haunted semi-detached house.

David Sandberg’s Eighties-feel action short Kung Fury has more than 50 million clicks on YouTube. The sequel, Kung Fury 2, is a big-budget project involving companies in China and the US. Michael Fassbender and Arnold Schwarzenegger are among the cast.

The Other Side (Andra sidan) is a horror film by Oskar Mellander and Tord Danielsson, in which journalist Shirin moves into a semi-detached house with boyfriend Fredrik and his five-year-old son. It soon turns out that the other half of the house is haunted. Elements of horror are also evident in Norwegian-Swedish co-production The Innocents by Eskil Vogt, about what happens to children’s perceptions and imaginations when there are no adults present.

Tunisian-Swedish co-production The Man Who Sold His Skin is directed by Kaouther Ben Hania (Beauty and the Dogs, featured in Un Certain Regard Award 2017). Monica Bellucci is among the cast of a film about a Syrian man fleeing to Lebanon. He wants to get to Paris to be reunited with his lover, but gets in with some artists and has his whole back tattooed and becomes a human work of art.

In Danish-Swedish co-production Druk by Thomas Vinterberg (The Hunt), four teachers experiment with what happens in their everyday lives if they’re constantly somewhat under the influence.

In the short film War in Academia (Ett akademiskt krig), Lisa Östberg reconstructs real events she has experienced herself, where art students instigate a classroom rebellion. Karin Franz Körlof (The Wife) is in the lead role.

Several projects are on a gay and/or LGBTQ theme. Documentary Always Amber by Hannah Reinikainen and Lia Hietala follows the problems of a gender investigation, while the short film The Night Train (Nattåget) by Jerry Carlsson looks at the erotically charged meeting between Ossian and Ahmad on a train between Stockholm and Älvsbyn.

In addition, market funding has been awarded to Bert’s Diary (Berts dagbok) directed by Michael Lindgren, based on a series of many books about Bert published since the late 1980s.

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