Axel Petersén’s first feature film Avalon has been selected for the Forum section of the Berlin International Film Festival. This is the first time that a Swedish film that has been shown at the Toronto Film Festival is also selected for Berlin. Two Swedish art films will also be shown during the festival. The Forum section focuses on future talents in borderland between art and film. Avalon, which is soon to inaugurate the Göteborg Film Festival, is competing in Berlin for the prize for the best debut film, an award that the film has already received in Toronto. The film is about a sixty-year old party organizer who is going to run a nightclub during the annual Båstad tennis week and parties with his newly divorced older sister Jackie. An accident turns his life upside down and he begins desperately to look for a way out. The lead is played by Johannes Brost. (From Filmdelta)

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The Royal Institute of Art congratulates former student Axel Petersén who won the Discovery class at the 2011 Toronto Film Festival with his first feature film, Avalon. (The other competitor was Ruben Östlund’s film Play.)

Axel Petersén is also responsible for one of the Swedish films that competed in the short-film class at the Venice Film Festival with the film The Tracks of My Tears 2, a film about Saddam Hussein’s Ferrari Testarossa.

Axel Petersén graduated from the five-year master’s programme at the Royal Institute of Art in the spring of 2010. Part of his film The Tracks of My Tears 2 was his graduation thesis.

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