Five of Film i Väst’s co-productions are selected for Toronto International Film Festival, TIFF. The co-productions are all shot or post produced in west Sweden, in region Västra Götaland. The five co-productions are (links to www.tiff.net and section at the festival):
Swedish director Rojda Sekersöz’ My Life as a Comedian. Shot in Göteborg. Discovery. Novelist Jonas Gardell adapts his own bestseller about growing up in 1970s-era Sweden with its countless perils, heartbreaks, and shifting alliances, in this painfully savvy feature from director Rojda Sekersöz (Beyond Dreams).
Irish director Neasa Hardiman’s Sea Fever. Shot in Göteborg. Discovery. A bizarre creature hitches a ride on a departing trawler, in this masterful genre film from Irish filmmaker Neasa Hardiman that leverages the mysteries of the sea to amplify the potential horrors of the unknown.
Norwegian director Maria Sødahl’s Hope. Shot in Film i Väst’s Studio Fares in Trollhättan. Discovery. The relationship between artist-partners Tomas (Stellan Skarsgård) and Anja (Andrea Bræin Hovig) is put to the test after Anja gets a life-threatening diagnosis, in this probing and affecting film from Maria Sodahl (Limbo, The 7 Deadly Sins).
Romanian director Corneliu Porumboiu’s The Whistlers. Postproduced in Göteborg. Masters. In this neo-noir tale from Romanian auteur Corneliu Porumboiu (Police, Adjective, 12:08 East of Bucharest), a corrupt cop — under surveillance while participating in a mob plot in the Canary Islands — must communicate with his accomplices in an Indigenous language based on whistling.
Icelandic director Hlynur Pálmason’s A White, White Day. Postproduced in Göteborg. Contemporary World Cinema. The powerful new film by Hlynur Pálmason (Winter Brothers) centres on a grieving police officer in rural Iceland (Ingvar E. Sigurðsson) who turns his vengeful sights on a neighbour he suspects may have had an affair with his now-deceased wife.