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Jesper Ganslandt

Director and writer Jesper Ganslandt (b. 1978) has since his dynamic debut work, the much acclaimed Falkenberg Farewell (2006), established himself as one of the most fearless voices in Scandinavian filmmaking.

Falkenberg Farewell was nominated for the prestigious Nordic Council’s Film Prize, chosen as Sweden’s submission for the Academy Awards, and nominated in several categories at the 2007 Guldbagge Awards, including ‘Best Film’, ‘Best Direction’ and ‘Best Screenplay’.

2009 saw the premiere of his second feature, The Ape, which received great reviews, among else in The Guardian where he was declared “a new star director.” In 2018, Ganslandt opened the International Film Festival Rotterdam with Jimmie, a cutting-edge film that shows his unique, psychologically intense and experimental style. Jimmie, which tells the tale of a young refugee boy on the run with his father, was lauded by the press and nominated for ‘Best Nordic Film’ at the Gothenburg Film Festival. 2018 also marked the release of Ganslandt’s first English-language feature film Beast of Burden starring Daniel Radcliffe.

Ganslandt recently finished shooting the drama 438 Days, an extraordinary true story about two Swedish journalists who illegally crossed the border between Somalia and Ethiopia. 438 Days is based on the award-winning novel of the same name by Johan Persson and Martin Schibbye, and will premiere in 2019.

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Director and writer Jesper Ganslandt has since his dynamic debut work, the much acclaimed Falkenberg Farewell (2006), established himself as one of the most fearless voices in Scandinavian filmmaking.

Falkenberg Farewell was nominated for the prestigious Nordic Council’s Film Prize and chosen as Sweden’s submission for the Academy Awards. Ganslandt’s second feature, The Ape (2009), received great reviews, among else in The Guardian where he was declared “a new star director.” In 2018, Ganslandt opened the International Film Festival Rotterdam with Jimmie, which was lauded by the press and nominated for ‘Best Nordic Film’ at the Gothenburg Film Festival.

Ganslandt recently finished shooting the drama 438 Days, which is based on the award-winning novel of the same name by Johan Persson and Martin Schibbye. 438 Days will premiere in 2019.