Outstanding selection of films will whet appetites for more

Gugu Sibiya

After a number of successful political and cultural collaborations stretching back to the 1960s, South Africa and Sweden will once again strengthen their relationship.

They will jointly host a Swedish Film Week at Cinema Nouveau in Rosebank, Johannesburg from March 23 to 29.

Kickstarting the film week will be the international premiere of Ulf Hultberg's The Black Pimpernel.

The Oscar-nominated film Zozo (Josef Fares), the controversial documentary The Planet (Linus Torell, Michael Stenberg and Johan Soderberg) are some of the film treats to whet your appetite.

South Africa will host the delegation from Sweden, including directors, producers, cast and representatives from the Swedish film industry.

Directors and producers who present their films during the film week include Hultberg, Asa Faringer (producer: Black Pimpernel), Christer Nilsson (producer: Offside). Amanda Ooms, the lead actress in Harry's Daughters, will also be present during the opening weekend of the film festival.

Representatives from the Swedish Film Institute include board member Bertil Sandgren, Staffan Gronberg, director, international department, and Petter Mattsson in charge of short films and international screening projects.

Strengthening these ties were various collaborations with the National Film & Video Foundation (NFVF).

In 1999 a partnership agreement was drawn up between the Swedish Film Institute and the NFVF.

Hence the Goteborg International Film Festival's determination to regularly showcase South African films in Swedish theatres.

In turn, South Africa has regularly screened films from the Swedish Film Institute at the major South African film festivals.

It's a relationship made even more attractive by NFVF and the Swedish Film Institute's granting of funding for a three-year film initiative via the Swedish-South African Partnership Programme.