2021-07-02 10:16Press release

Invitation: Swedish press lunch in Cannes

Clara Sola by Nathalie Álvarez Mesén will have its world premiere in Quinzaine des Réalisateurs. Photo © HobabClara Sola by Nathalie Álvarez Mesén will have its world premiere in Quinzaine des Réalisateurs. Photo © Hobab

Welcome to a press lunch at the Cannes Film Festival, where the Swedish Film Institute together with Film i Väst will present this year’s Cannes line-up as well as upcoming projects. Films include debut feature Clara Sola by Nathalie Álvarez Mesén (Quinzaine des Réalisateurs) and co-production The Worst Person in the World by Joachim Trier (In Competition).

Time: Saturday July 10, 11am–1pm (a light lunch will be served)
Place: Scandinavian Terrace, 55 La Croisette (between Hotel Carlton and Hotel Marriot)
RSVP: Please submit your request here to cover the event (no later than July 8)
The presentation will be streamed live via Facebook for those of you who aren't in Cannes.

The Swedish line-up at Cannes:

Clara Sola by Nathalie Álvarez Mesén – Quinzaine des Réalisateurs

In a remote village in Costa Rica, Clara, a 40-year-old woman, takes off on a journey to break free from social and religious conventions and become the master of her sexuality and newfound powers.

Nathalie Álvarez Mesén is a Costa Rican-Swedish screenwriter and director with an M.F.A. from Columbia University. An alumna of the Berlinale Talents, TIFF Filmmaker Lab and NYFF Artist Academy, her films have screened at film festivals all over the world. Her short Filip won Best Film at the 2016 Palm Springs Shortfest, and Asunder screened at the 2016 Telluride Film Festival. Clara Sola, her feature film debut, was produced by Hobab/Nima Yousefi (Producer on the Move in Cannes 2021) with support from the Swedish Film Institute.

Swedish co-productions with support from the Swedish Film Institute:

In Competition

Bergman Island by Mia Hansen-Løve
The Worst Person in the World by Joachim Trier (co-produced by Film i Väst)

Un Certain Regard
by Valdimar Jóhannsson (co-produced by Film i Väst)

The Innocents by Eskil Vogt (co-produced by Film i Väst)

Semaine de la Critique
Amparo by Simón Mesa Soto

Read more about the films here.

Quinzaine des Réalisateurs
A Chiara by Jonas Carpignano (co-produced by Film i Väst)

Please note that attendance is limited, and by confirmation only. This invitation is personal, for credentialed press only, and may not be transferred.  

We look forward to seeing you in Cannes!

For questions or additional info, please contact:
Jan Göransson, Head of Press, the Swedish Film Institute: jan.goransson@filminstitutet.se, +46-706-030362
Ulrika Grönérus, Communications Manager, Film i Väst: ulrika.gronerus@filmivast.se, +46-708-643736

About The Swedish Film Institute

The Swedish Film Institute is a collective voice for film in Sweden, and a meeting-place for experiences and insights that elevate film on all levels. We preserve and make available Sweden’s film heritage, work to educate children and young people in film and moving images, support the production, distribution and screening of valuable film, and represent Swedish film internationally. A broad diversity of narratives establishes discussions and insights that strengthen the individual and our democracy. Together, we enable more people to create, experience and be enriched by film.


Jan Göransson
Head of Press
Jan Göransson
Per Perstrand
Communications Officer – Press
Per Perstrand