11 October 2016

BFI acquires Mark Cousins’ Stockholm My Love for UK release

The BFI announces the acquisition of Stockholm My Love for theatrical distribution and home entertainment release in the UK and Eire.

Stockholm My Love is the first fiction feature by acclaimed documentarian Mark Cousins, and stars the Swedish-born singer Neneh Cherry in her movie debut.

The film receives its World premiere at the BFI London Film Festival tonight, Tuesday 11 October 2016. The BFI will release it in summer 2017.

Directed by Mark Cousins, and written by Mark Cousins and Anita Oxburgh, Stockholm My Love is a city symphony and a love letter to the Swedish capital. It is the story of one woman's journey towards recovery from a bad thing, as she wanders the streets of her native city exactly one year after a traumatic event. It's a musical and visual celebration of urbanism, cityscapes, and the power of walking and looking to make us feel just a little bit better.

The cinematographer is the legendary Christopher Doyle (In the Mood for Love, Hero and Mark Cousins' previous film I Am Belfast).

The soundtrack features five new pieces of music by Neneh Cherry, written specially for the film with her husband Cameron McVey, RocketNumberNine’s Benjamin Page and Mark Cousins, along with music from Benny Andersson (of ABBA) and 19th century Swedish composer Franz Berwald.

The UK distribution deal was negotiated by producer Adam Dawtrey with Jane Giles and Agnes Orosz for the BFI. The BFI distributed I Am Belfast earlier this year, followed by a DVD/Blu-ray release in June.

Stockholm My Love Trailer from Timo Langer on Vimeo.

Jane Giles, Head of Content at the BFI, said: “How wonderful to have Neneh Cherry shot by Christopher Doyle on the big screen in Mark Cousins’ beautiful and moving first fiction feature! The BFI is very much looking forward to unleashing the Love.”

Mark Thomas, executive producer for Creative Scotland, said: "We are delighted that Mark's feature Stockholm My Love will receive its world premiere at this year's London Film Festival and will be distributed in the UK by the BFI. We are proud to have supported the latest work from a truly unique filmmaker and we wish everyone involved with the film the very best for the premiere."

Nichola Martin, executive producer for BBC Films, said: "We are so pleased to have secured distribution with the BFI for this very unique title. They are great partners and a perfect fit for this film. And we are really looking forward to sharing the film with its first audiences on home turf at the London Film Festival."

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