Munich Film Fest Displays Stockholm Syndrome

Swedish films to be the focus of 29th Munich Film Festival.


BERLIN -- Swedish cinema will be in focus at this year's Munich Film Festival, with 20 films from Sweden screening.

Among the Scandi selection are Daniel Espinosa's yuppie crime thriller Easy Money -- which has already been picked up for a U.S. remake featuring Highschool Musicalstar Zac Efron -- and Andreas Ohman's critically-acclaimed romantic comedy Simple Simon.

Other young Swedes making the trip to Munich include Martin Jern and Emil Larsson with their disturbing thriller Savage and Axel Danielson, who will screen his documentary Twin Brothers - 53 Scenes In Chronological Order about two very different twin siblings.

"There's a new generation of very creative young filmmakers coming out of Sweden,” said Munich Film Festival director Andreas Strohl, explaining the Scandi focus this year. Swedish cinema has become a hot commodity world-wide following the break-out success of The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo and Let The Right One In.

In addition to showcasing Sweden's next generation, Munich will also honor veteran Swedish director Roy Andersson (Songs From The Second Floor, A Swedish Love Story) with a retrospective of his life's work.

The 29th Munich Film Festival runs June 24-July 2.