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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.

On top of all that, 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 August 2019 and has since received great praise in the Swedish press.

Awards

Shortlisted for LovelyBooks Leserpreis, Shortlisted for the Storytel Awards See full list
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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‘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.”
-_TT_

“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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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.