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Jesper Ganslandt

Director and writer Jesper Ganslandt (b. 1978) has, since his dynamic debut work 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 Official Swedish Film Awards, including ‘Best Film’, ‘Best Direction’ and ‘Best Screenplay’.

The year 2009 saw the premiere of his second feature, The Ape, which received great reviews. Ganslandt was referred to as “a new star director” by The Guardian. 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. The year 2018 also marked the release of Ganslandt’s first English-language feature film Beast of Burden starring Daniel Radcliffe.

Ganslandt is the director of 438 Days, an extraordinary true story about two Swedish journalists who illegally crossed the border between Somalia and Ethiopia. 438 Days premiered in 2019 and has received great praise in the Swedish press. Most recently, Ganslandt co-created and directed the Netflix original series Snabba Cash which premiered in April 2021 to outstanding reviews.

Awards

Kristallen Nominee (Best Drama) Sweden – Snabba Cash Easy Money 2021
Gothenburg Film Festival Nominee (Best Nordic Film) Sweden – Jimmie 2018
Warsaw International Film Festival Nominee (Grand Prix) Poland – Blondie 2012
Miami Film Festival Nominee (Grand Jury Prize) US – Apan The Ape 2010
Venice Film Festival Nominee (Queer Lion) Italy – Apan The Ape 2009
Noordelijk Film Festival (Matad’Or) Netherlands – Farväl Falkenberg Falkenberg Farewell 2007
Guldbagge Awards Nominee (Best Direction) Sweden – Farväl Falkenberg Falkenberg Farewell 2007
Guldbagge Awards Nominee (Best Screenplay) Sweden – Farväl Falkenberg Falkenberg Farewell 2007
IndieLisboa International Independent Film Festival (FIPRESCI Award) Portugal – Farväl Falkenberg Falkenberg Farewell 2007
Nordic Council's Film Prize Nominee – Farväl Falkenberg Falkenberg Farewell 2007
Guldbagge Awards Nominee (Best Film) Sweden – Farväl Falkenberg Falkenberg Farewell 2007
Athens International Film Festival (Golden Athena Award) Greece – Farväl Falkenberg Falkenberg Farewell 2006
Bratislava International Film Festival Nominee (Grand Prix) Slovakia – Farväl Falkenberg Falkenberg Farewell 2006
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‘Beartown’ and ‘Snabba Cash’ nominated for Kristallen awards

HBO’s Beartown, based on the novel of the New York Times No. 1 bestselling author Fredrik Backman and adapted for television by Anders Weidemann, is nominated for a Swedish Emmy – a Kristallen award – for ‘Best Drama’. Also in the running for the award is Netflix’s Snabba Cash, written by Oskar Söderlund and directed by Jesper Ganslandt, both creators and show runners of the series. Jens Lapidus is the author behind the internationally bestselling novel that inspired the series, also titled Snabba Cash.

The Kristallen Gala will take place on August 27th in Stockholm, Sweden.

Second season of ‘Snabba Cash’ greenlit

Netflix has announced a second season of the hugely successful and critically acclaimed Swedish original series Snabba Cash, inspired by Jens Lapidus’ novel of the same title. Season 2 will be written by Oskar Söderlund and directed by Jesper Ganslandt, who are also the creators and show runners behind the series. Aron Levander and Mona Masri will join as episode writers. The series is produced by Nicklas Wikström Nicastro for SF Studios in collaboration with Strive Stories.

Evin Ahmad (Dröm Vidare, Quicksand), will once again play the leading role of Leya. Season 2 will continue the thrilling story of Leya’s life as she navigates the contrasting worlds of ruthless start-up environments and Stockholm’s underworld.

“With Snabba Cash Season 1, we wanted to tell a modern story through characters that, though they commit morally ambiguous acts, share the same feelings and dreams as many of us. We are overwhelmed that so many people have taken our series to their hearts. But the coolest thing of all is that a lot of people have felt they finally have been represented in a big drama series. That is truly the finest reward of all,” says Jesper Ganslandt, director, and Oskar Söderlund, head writer.

Outstanding reviews for ‘Snabba Cash’

Snabba Cash will have its global Netflix premiere on Wednesday April 7, and the anticipated series has already received great praise in the Scandinavian press. Snabba Cash is written and created by Oskar Söderlund together with Jens Lapidus, and directed by Jesper Ganslandt.

“Engaging, intense, irresistible. Netflix’s Snabba Cash will be a huge hit with viewers. /…/ Whatever you may think, you are not ready for Netflix’s Snabba Cash.”
Expressen ★★★★

Snabba Cash is not only well-written and well-acted, but also offers some of the most action-packed and intense episodes in Swedish television history.”
Filmtopp.se ★★★★

“The acting is truly excellent across the board. /…/ Snabba Cash is an intense and captivating serial interpretation of Jens Lapidus’ universe, which keeps you glued to the screen through all six episodes.”
Soundvenue ★★★★★

“The creators know how to twist the plot and create suspense. I’m eager to watch the next episode. And the one after that.”
Svenska Dagbladet ★★★★

“The new Snabba Cash is the TV series which succeeds in giving us as much authenticity as its predecessors, while delivering unfiltered action at a high level. /… / The intense suspense that the well-packaged episodes offer lasts all the way from the first frame to the last.”
Moviezine ★★★★

Snabba Cash is a modern and unsentimental depiction of the pursuit for more. /…/ You can practically touch the nerve and the all-encompassing feel of unease in this very successful reboot.”
Nöjesguiden ★★★★

“With genious camera work […] the series about Swedish gang environments elevates itself to a dark portrait of a society at the breaking point. /…/ Söderlund juggles freely and boldly with the three destinies and offers both parallels and contrasts between them.”
Filmmagasinet Ekko ★★★★★

“Oskar Söderlund and director Jesper Ganslandt are absolutely spot-on with the characters. /…/ [Snabba Cash] delivers one of this year’s strongest experiences. /…/ It is brutal, super tight, greedy and loaded with betrayal. Just like life itself.”
Onyanserat ★★★★

Interview with the creators of ‘Snabba Cash’

Hear the creators Oskar Söderlund, Jens Lapidus, Jesper Ganslandt and actor Evin Ahmad discuss the anticipated Netflix series Snabba Cash in this exclusive interview.

Snabba Cash premieres on Netflix April 7.

Teaser trailer release for ‘Snabba Cash’

The highly anticipated series Snabba Cash (Easy Money) is a reboot of the hugely successful trilogy of feature films based on the Stockholm Noir books by Jens Lapidus.

The series is written and created by Oskar Söderlund together with Jens Lapidus, and directed by Jesper Ganslandt.

The show will launch exclusively on Netflix April 7.

Photo: Johan Bergmark/Netflix

Netflix original series ‘Easy Money’ now filming

The shooting of Easy Money, the Swedish Netflix original series, is underway in Stockholm. The show is a reboot of the hugely successful trilogy of feature films based on the Stockholm Noir books by Jens Lapidus. The series will take place ten years after the events of the feature film Easy Money – Life Deluxe (2013), and will follow Leya, a young single mom trying to make it within the startup scene and becomes entangled in the criminal world.

Jesper Ganslandt is directing, with Nicklas Wikström Nicastro producing for SF Studios. The series is written and created by Oskar Söderlund together with Jens Lapidus, who’s also serving as the executive producer. Among the show's episode writers we find Mona Masri.

Evin Ahmad, known from the feature film Dröm Vidare (2017) and the two Netflix series Quicksand (2019) and The Rain season 2 (2019), is playing the lead. The cast also includes Alexander Abdallah, Ali Alarik, Olle Sarri and Dada Fungula Bozela as well as Jozef Wojciechowicz (Z.E).

Easy Money will premiere on Netflix in 2021.

‘438 Days’ nominated for Best Film at the Official Swedish Film Awards

The nominees for the 2020 Official Swedish Film Awards have now been announced and 438 Days, directed by Jesper Ganslandt, is nominated in six categories, including ‘Best Film’.

The nominees further include Quick, nominated in seven categories including ‘Best Actor in a Leading Role’, and Britt-Marie Was Here in the categories of ‘Best Actress in a Leading Role’ and the Audience Award.

The winners will be announced at the award ceremony January 20.

‘438 Days’ lauded in Swedish press

Today is the theatrical release for 438 Days, and the anticipated film has already received great praise in Swedish press.

438 Days is uninterruptedly thrilling and entertaining.”
Aftonbladet

“A grandiose film of Hollywood proportions.”
Göteborgs-Posten

438 Days is one of the best Swedish films of the year.”
Filmtopp.se

“[Ganslandt and Birro] have made a suspenseful and well-made thriller that dares to be both drama and feel good.”
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“A very entertaining film not to be missed!”
Filmparadiset.se

438 Days is directed by Jesper Ganslandt, written by Peter Birro, and produced by Miso Film.

Trailer release for ‘438 Days’

In 2011 two Swedish journalists put everything at stake by illegally crossing the border from Somalia into Ethiopia. Their intention was to report on how the ruthless hunt for oil effected the population of the isolated and conflict-ridden Ogaden region, but they were instead shot and captured by the Ethiopian army and subsequently sentenced to 11 years in prison. Having endured 438 days in captivity, they were pardoned and released.

438 Days is directed by Jesper Ganslandt and written by Peter Birro. The journalists are portrayed by Matias Varela and Gustaf Skarsgård.

438 Days is produced by Miso Film and the theatrical release date for Sweden is set for August 30th.

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Jesper Ganslandt joins Salomonsson Agency

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.