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World premiere of Jerry Carlsson’s short film The Night Train in Venice

The short film Nattåget (The Night Train), with a script and direction by Jerry Carlsson, is Sweden’s second contribution to the Venice Film Festival. The film is in the Orizzonti Short Films Competition and it is also selected in the section Queer Lion Out of Competition. It is the first time in 86 years that a Swedish film with an LGBTQ theme has been invited to the world’s oldest film festival.

The film will had its world premiere Thursday 10 September, in Sala Giardino at Lido.

Oskar takes the night train home from Stockholm to Älvsbyn. On the train he sees Ahmad and for the first time Oskar encounters the same longing and attraction that he himself feels. The main roles in Nattåget are played by newcomers Erik Nilsson and Khalil Ben Gharbia.

– It feels fantastic fun! It’s an honor and I’m incredibly happy that the film will have its world premiere in Venice. Looking forward to meeting an audience! says Jerry Carlsson.

The night train is produced by Frida Mårtensson for Verket Produktion, with SVT and Filmpool Nord as co-producers and with support from Film Stockholm / Filmbasen and the Swedish Film Institute, Patrik Axén.

Jerry Carlsson, born in Piteå, is a director, producer and screenwriter. He runs the production company Verket Produktion together with producer Frida Mårtensson and director Anette Sidor. Jerry Carlsson has previously made short films such as Längs vägen  and Komma ut, both from 2011. Allt vi delar (2014) was awarded prizes at several festivals, including Haugesund. Carlsson’s big breakthrough was with the short film Skuggdjur (2017) which was shown and praised at over 70 international film festivals such as Clermont-Ferrand, San Francisco, Uppsala short film festival and Nordisk Panorama.

Right now, Jerry Carlsson and Verket Produktion are working on the short film Successful thawing of Herr Moro (which is part of the Film Institute’s and SVT’s science fiction initiative 2121) and the feature film debut Bränder, one of the first films to receive the Film Institute’s Wild Card support.

In addition to The Night Train, Pedro Almodóvar’s latest short film The Human Voice has been selected in the Queer Lion section.

In Venice to present the film are director Jerry Carlsson, producer Frida Mårtensson, actors Erik Nilsson and Khalil Ben Gharbia.

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