2020-11-09 08:36Press release

Ronnie Sandahl’s Tigers wins the Youth Jury Award in Lübeck

Photo by Sandra Myhrberg Photo by Sandra Myhrberg

Ronnie Sandahl’s feature Tigers, a Swedish-Italian-Danish co-production, wins the new Youth Jury Award at the 62nd Nordic Film Days in Lübeck. This is the third film festival this autumn where Tigers achieves an award.

Earlier awards include Best film in the Flash Forward section at Busan Film Festival and Best Emerging International Actor (Erik Enge) and Best Emerging Italian Actor (Antonio Bannò) at Alice nella città, the independent and parallell section dedicated to films for children and youth, at the Rome International Film Festival

Motivation of the Nordic Film Days Youth Jury:
"This year's winner convinced us with its multi-faceted, realistic plot and the unpredictable ending. Especially because of the authentic portrayal of the international actors it is a successful youth film for us.”

The winner of this award gets 5 000 euros and it's sponsored by cbb software GmbH.

Ronnie Sandahl's speech of thanks from the award ceremony at the Nordic Film Days in Lübeck (starting at 13:30): >>

Tigers is a life and death rollercoaster ride through the modern-day football industry. With a unique perspective on the world of professional sports, Ronnie Sandahl tells the true story of 16-year-old football prodigy Martin Bengtsson. A coming-of-age drama about a young man’s burning obsession in a world where everything, and everyone, has a price tag.

Ronnie Sandahl’s first feature Underdog (2014) won prizes at Zurich and Chicago Film Festival. His second feature as a screenwiriter, Borg vs. McEnroe, opened the 2017 Toronto Film Festival. The film won the Audience Award at the Rome Film Festival and was nominated for ten Guldbagge (The Swedish National Film Award). It won two of them and was also nominated for two European Film Awards.

Director’s filmography:
Underdog / Svenskjävel (2016), Writer/Director
Borg vs. McEnrroe / Borg (2017), Writer
Tigers / Tigrar (2020), Writer/Director
Perfect (2021), Writer

Principal cast Erik Enge, Alfred Enoch, Maurizio Lombardi, Frida Gustavsson, Antonio Bannò, Screenwriter: Ronnie Sandahl. Produced by Piodor Gustafsson (Border, The Wife) BLACK SPARK FILM & Sandahlgruppen, Art of Panic and SF Studios Denmark and with the support from the Swedish Film Institute, film commissioner Jenny Gilbertsson.

National release: Spring 2021.
International premiere: Rome Film Fest 2020 / Busan Film Festival 2020. Sales: Wild Bunch International Sales

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