Always Amber av Lia Hietala och Hannah Reinikainen får världspremiär i Berlin. Fotograf/Källa: Story AB

Always Amber, Sune – Best Man, en jubileumsvisning av Roy Anderssons En kärlekshistoria och ett retrospektiv över Niki Lindroth von Bahrs kortfilmer är några av de svenska höjdpunkterna under filmfestivalen i Berlin, som startar 20 februari. Svenska Filminstitutet är också medarrangörer till seminariet 50/50 – A Roadmap for the Future, som diskuterar framtiden för 50/50 by 2020-arbetet, med Filminstitutets vd Anna Serner som huvudtalare. Här presenterar vi allt svenskt på festivalen, och bjuder in till den svenska pressträffen som äger rum söndag 23 februari.

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Här är alla svenska filmer och evenemang under Berlinalen. Text på engelska.

 

Always Amber (Panorama)

 

At the age of 17, Amber Mastracci opted for the gender-neutral Swedish pronoun “hen” and began consulting a therapist specialising in gender identities. Lia Hietala and Hannah Reinikainen’s long-term observational documentary Always Amber spans three years and portrays not only Amber’s transition, but also the friendship with Sebastian. Supporting each other during their transitions, the two are for a long time inseparable. Their friendship breaks apart when they first experience romantic love, yet each remains a presence for the other. Possessed of a pop icon-like sense of style, Amber’s social-media-savvy circle of friends celebrates a spectrum of fluid identities and the value of the close ties that can only emerge from this freedom.

Always Amber which will have its world premiere in the Panorama section is the documentary feature debut for both directors. Hietala's previous short film My Gay Sister won the Teddy Award at the 2017 Berlinale. Always Amber was produced by Göran Hugo Olsson and Melissa Lindgren for Story AB, with support from the Swedish Film Institute. International sales are handled by Wide House.
 

Sune – Best man (Generation Kplus)

A new instalment in the massively popular film franchise, this is the second Sune film in a row that is competing in Berlin (last year saw Sune vs Sune in Generation Kplus). The film, written and directed by Jon Holmberg, was recently nominated for four Swedish Guldbagge Awards, including Best film and Best director. Sune – Best Man was produced by Malin Söderlund and Linus Stöhr Torell for Unlimited Stories, with support from the Swedish Film Institute. International sales are handled by Global Screen.
 

Something to Remember (Generation 14plus)
Roy Andersson in conversation with Niki Lindroth von Bahr (On Transmission)

The Berlinale turns 70 and celebrates with the special section On Transmission. Seven notable directors are invited and will in turn each bring a guest to share stories, experiences and knowledge. Swedish director Roy Andersson, winner of the 2019 Silver Lion in Venice for his latest film About Endlessness, will be in conversation with acclaimed director and animator Niki Lindroth von Bahr whose new short film Something to Remember will compete in Generation 14plus.

The Berlinale will also feature a special screening of Roy Andersson’s masterpiece A Swedish Love Story (which world premiered at the 1970 Berlinale) as well as a retrospective of Niki Lindroth von Bahrs short films: Tord and Tord (2010), Bath House (2014), and The Burden (2017) which has screened at over 70 film festivals to date and has won numerous prizes including in Toronto and Clermont-Ferrand. International sales for Something to Remember are handled by New Europe Film Sales.
 

Shooting Star: Levan Gelbakhiani

Dancer and actor Levan Gelbakhiani (b 1997) is chosen as Georgia’s Shooting Star. Gelbakhiani rose to fame after starring as the lead in director Levan Akin’s celebrated Swedish film And Then We Danced (2019). The controversial drama, about forbidden love between two male dancers at a Georgian dance company, had its world premiere at Cannes 2019 and has since then scooped up awards at several festivals, including Best actor for Gelbakhiani at Odessa, Minsk, Sarayevo and Valladolid, as well as an EFA nomination. And Then We Danced recently screened in Sundance and won four Swedish Guldbagge Awards, with Gelbakhiani picking up Best actor.
 

Panel: 50/50 A Roadmap for the Future (EFM Horizon)

Co-hosted by the Swedish Film Institute, the panel will explore the road ahead for the 50/50 by 2020-movement. From its beginnings as a call to action for gender parity in the funding schemes of films in Sweden, it has grown to become a global movement which embraces the entire filmic eco-system, working towards the increased representation and structural inclusion of other equity-seeking groups.

Participants: Anna Serner, CEO, The Swedish Film Institute (keynote speaker); Dame Heather Rabbatts, DBE, Chair of Time’s Up UK; Delphyne Besse, Co-Founder and Co-President, Collectif 50/50. Moderator: Wendy Mitchell, Contributing Editor, Screen International and Screen Daily

Time and place: Sunday, February 23, 2:15 – 3:30pm at Berliner Freiheit, Potsdamer Platz, 10785 Berlin.

För pressplatser till detta event, kontakta petra.kauraisa@filminstitutet.se snarast.


Swedish co-productions

Malmkrog (RO/RS/CH/SE/BA/MK)
Directed by Cristi Puiu, screening in Encounters

The Works and Days (of Tayoko Shiojiri in the Shiotani Basin) (US/SE/JP/HK/UK)
Directed by C. W. Winter and Anders Edström, screening in Encounters

Hope / Håb (NO/SE)
Directed by Maria Sødahl and starring Stellan Skarsgård, screening in Panorama
 


Svensk pressträff söndag 23 februari

Varmt välkomna till en pressträff där vi presenterar alla svenska inslag under Berlinalen, i närvaro av regissörer, producenter och skådespelare. Medverkar gör också Film i Väst, som berättar om sina festivalaktuella samproduktioner.

Tid: Söndag 23 februari klockan 19.00-19.45
Plats: Café Einstein Stammhaus, Kurfürstenstraße 58
OSA: till osa@filminstitutet.se


Svenska Filminstitutet på plats i Berlin:

Jan Göransson
, presschef: jan.goransson@filminstitutet.se, tel 070-6030362
Per Perstrand, presskoordinator: per.perstrand@filminstitutet.se, 070-4916113

 

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