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Caroline Cowan

Caroline Cowan (b. 1968) holds a Bachelor of Honor in Film from the prestigious Central Saint Martins College in London and is the director of numerous acclaimed short films and TV-series.

The premiere of Cowan’s short Departure took place in 2007. Departure is a heart-gripping drama revolving around ten-year-old Vocho, who begs for money on the streets of Stockholm. One day he meets Agneta, a woman on disability pension who is about to jump off of a bridge. The film was very well-received and was nominated for ‘Best Short Film’ at the Venice Film Festival.

The year 2014 marked the release of Joy, a children’s drama series both written and directed by Cowan. Joy offers a humorous and insightful look at contemporary life in Sweden told from the perspective of a bi-racial Swedish family. The series was nominated at the Prix Jeunesse, the world’s oldest and most esteemed children’s TV festival.

Cowan has also directed several episodes for the crime series Arne Dahl which has garnered great success both in its native Sweden and abroad.

Her latest project, the feature film Eva & Adam, premiered in August 2021 to great reviews.

Awards

Nordic Film Days in Lübeck (Radisson Blu Senator Hotel Children's Jury Award) Germany – Eva och Adam 2021
Prix Jeunesse Nominee Germany – Joy 2014
Venice Film Festival Nominee (Best Short Film) Italy – Fritt Fall Departure 2007
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Filmography

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‘Eva & Adam’ awarded at the Nordic Film Days in Lübeck

The Nordic Film Days have a long and storied tradition in Lübeck, and from 3-7 November, over 130 films from Scandinavia and the Baltic region were presented. Caroline Cowan’s praised feature film Eva & Adam received the Children’s Jury Award, with the following motivation: “One film really won us over. We thought it was very appropriate for our age group and the young actors were totally believable. It was a tender and funny film that also spoke to the subject of animal welfare.”

Outstanding reviews for ‘Eva och Adam’

Eva och Adam, Caroline Cowan’s directorial debut in feature film, premiered this weekend to rave reviews from Sweden’s critics. The film is written by Johan Unenge and Måns Gahrton, and produced by Francy Suntinger for Filmlance.

“Caroline Cowan makes us understand what it means to be young in Eva och Adam. /…/ Director and screenwriter Caroline Cowan breathes new life into the young pair of lovers, Eva and Adam. /…/ Cowan’s take on the universe pulsates with real emotions, and it’s not just the romantic crush that’s given focus, but also the difficult relationship with one’s parents, friends, political interests, moving and leaving things behind – in short, everything that’s part of a young person’s life.”
– TT ★★★★

Eva och Adam cheerily tells of youthful love – without for that matter neglecting the big feelings.”
– Barometern ★★★★

“This autumn’s big family movie has arrived.”
– Skånska Dagbladet

“Beautiful, well-made, and probably butterflies-in-the-stomach-inducing for its intended audience.”
– Swedish Radio

Caroline Cowan to direct ‘Eva och Adam’

The television series and the feature film about the characters Eva and Adam became iconic works of popular culture in late 90s’ and early 2000s’ Sweden. Now, a new film about the young couple is in the making.

Adam is new to the class and Eva has made a no-boys pact with her best friend – boys are just too childish. But when a kissing party game brings Eva and Adam together, it’s simply too difficult to put a brake on their feelings. Perhaps even impossible.

Eva och Adam marks Caroline Cowan’s debut as a feature film director. Johan Unenge and Måns Gahrton are the writers, and Francy Suntinger will produce for Filmlance.

Caroline Cowan joins Salomonsson Agency

Caroline Cowan holds a Bachelor of Honor in Film from the prestigious Central Saint Martins College in London and is the director of numerous acclaimed short films and TV-series.

Cowan is the writer and director behind Joy (2014), a children’s drama series which was nominated at the Prix Jeunesse, the world’s oldest and most esteemed children’s TV festival. Cowan is also the director of the crime hit series Arne Dahl: Hidden Numbers (2015) which has garnered great success both in its native Sweden and abroad.

Currently, Cowan is involved in the development of multiple new projects including a family feature based on a successful young adult novel.