Ten years ago, Swedish director Kay Pollak made As It Is in Heaven[+], the Swedish success of the decade: 1.5 million domestic admissions, sold to more than 40 countries, nominated for eight Guldbagge Awards, and an Oscar.
Heaven on Earth – his first film since then – is an independent sequel and a return to the small village of Ljusåker, in the northernmost part of Sweden. It recounts what happened when the world-famous conductor Daniel Daréus died, leaving the local choir behind him and the love of his life, the soprano Lena, pregnant with their child.
SF International Sales – the international distribution division of Swedish major Svensk Filmindustri – will start pre-sales for the Anders Birkeland–Göran Lindström production for GF Studios at the upcoming Cannes International Film Festival (14-25 May). The film is due for local release in autumn 2015.
The company’s CEO, Ann-Kristin Westerberg, has scheduled two premieres at theMarché du Film: Colin Nutley’s Medicine and Norwegian director Nils Gaup’s Glass Dolls[+]; she will also be touting Danish director Ole Bornedal’s 1864, and Norwegian directors Hallvard Braein’s Børning and Per-Olav Sørensen’s 6×45-minute TV series,The Heavy Water War.
Starring Helena Bergström, Nutley’s new comedy Medicine is the story of a middle-aged woman who becomes a guinea pig for a new medication in order to raise some extra cash for a holiday with her three children. It has some side effects, though: overnight all her worries disappear, and she feels beautiful, confident and sexually invigorated.
The first of three thrillers adapted from Norwegian author Jorun Thørring’s crime novels, Gaup’s Glass Dolls follows Tromsø police investigator Aslak Eira (played by Stig Henrik Hoff), of Sami heritage, in his efforts to solve the murder of a university student; when another female student disappears, it turns into a race against time.