Variety is reporting that Fortissimo Films has acquired the sales rights for Northern Irish director Mark Cousins’ fiction feature debut Stockholm My Love.
The film follows 47-year-old architect Alva Diop, who is married, with a 20-year-old daughter, and who loves architecture and the way buildings influence people’s lives. A year previous, Diop killed a man in a traffic accident that was not her fault, but she is still in shock and finds it hard to sleep, so she wakes up early in the mornings to go for long walks. She wanders through the city that she truly loves, but without feeling the harmony that she can usually relate to.
Singer Neneh Cherry stars as Diop, and also supplies the score of the film. Cousins and Swedish producer Anita Oxburgh co-wrote the script, with Oxburgh also producing for Migma Film. Mary Bell and Adam Dawtrey also produce for Bofa Prods. Noted cinematographer Chris Doyle is again DoP on this film, having worked with Cousins on his documentary I Am Belfast. Finacing comes from the Swedish Film Institute, BBC Films, Creative Scotland, Filmcapital Stockholm via regional film funding agency Stockholm-Malardalen and Swedisht Television (SVT)
The deal with Fortissimo will see them represent the film in all terrorities outside outside the U.K. and Sweden. They hope to get it a festival launch later this year.
[quote title=”Mark Cousins – Director”]We wanted to make a city symphony. Cities are noisy, messy, but teeming with life. Our story tries to capture this.[/quote]