Press release, July 25th 2011, Filmbyen
Swedish drama STOCKHOLM EAST will open the 26th Venice International Film Critics´ Week, which will be held during the 68th Venice International Film Festival.
Starring the renowned Swedish actor Mikael Persbrandt, who we saw latest in Susanne Bier´s Academy Award-winner IN A BETTER WORLD (2010) and Danish actress Iben Hjejle, who received her break-through in the dogma-film MIFUNE´S LAST SONG (1999) later to star in international productions such as HIGH FIDELTY (2000) and CHERÃŒ (2009), STOCKHOLM EAST tells the story about true love - surrounded by lies. A moving and compelling love story between two strangers, Johan (Persbrandt) and Anna (Hjejle), bound together by a tragedy that has taken its toll on both their lives and their relationships.
STOCKHOLM EAST is director Simon Kaijser da Silva´s feature film debut. It´s produced by Maria Nordenberg for production company Filmlance. Executive producers are Lars Blomgren and Erika Stark, co-producers are Lone Korslund for Nordisk Film Distribution AB, Gunnar Carlsson for Swedish Television AB, Mikael Frisell for Nordisk Film Post Production AB, Jessica Ask for Film i VÃ¤st, Bo Persson for Europa Sound Production AB and Helena Sandermark for Dagsljus AB. The film has received production support from Swedish Film Institute (Peter ”Piodor” Gustafsson) and domestic release is October 21st 2011.
The 26th Venice International Film Critics´ Week, which will be held in Venice from August 31st to September 10th 2011, presents a selection of seven first time director´s full-length films from all over the world plus two special events. The films are eligible for the Lion of the Future - “Luigi De Laurentiis” Award for a Debut Film and they will take part in the competition for the “KINO Audience Award - International Film Critics´ Week”. Sales Manager Nicolai Korsgaard will be present at this year´s Venice International Film Critics´ Week.