Woody Allen ‘needs a story’ for Stockholm film

US director Woody Allen has been offered the funding to make a movie in Stockholm, but says that the only thing stopping him is "a good story". Got any ideas?

Woody Allen 'needs a story' for Stockholm film

Woody Allen, the 77-year-old comedian-turned-actor-turned-director, has long ditched his beloved New York city film setting in favour of European shores.

Recent settings include Barcelona, Paris, Rome and London, and next on the cards could be Stockholm, but there’s just one thing holding the director back.

“We’ve been offered the money. Now it’s just up to me to find a good Stockholm story,” Allen told the Aftonbladet newspaper.

“I love Stockholm, I have been there privately several times, but it’s not just about getting the money. I really want it to be a story and a film that all Stockholmers can be proud of. Without that, it would just be an ad, of course,” he added.

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The funding for the movie has been offered by The Stockholm Film Commission, which works with both the private and public sector and has offered to inject $20 million into the project.

“We already know that he thinks Stockholm is a very attractive setting for a movie. He was already tempted, he was just waiting for an offer, so we got in touch and made it,” Annette Mattsson, CEO of The Stockholm Film Commission, told The Local.

While one Swedish film expert has his own ideas how to solve the plot problems, Matsson and her team are not particularly concerned.

“He’ll find a story, we know how much he loves it here so I’m not too worried personally, she told The Local.

“He says that Stockholm affects him in a serious way, and that the film will likely be a reflection of that. I’m not quite sure what he means by that, but we’re expecting something of a serious film and we’re very excited about it.”

Do you have a story idea for Woody? Pitch it in the comments section below. The most upvoted idea will win two cinema tickets to the film.

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Stockholm Pride is a little different this year: here’s what you need to know 

This week marks the beginning of Pride festivities in the Swedish capital. The tickets sold out immediately, for the partly in-person, partly digital events. 

Pride parade 2019
There won't be a Pride parade like the one in 2019 on the streets of Stockholm this year. Photo: Stina Stjernkvist/TT

You might have noticed rainbow flags popping up on major buildings in Stockholm, and on buses and trams. Sweden has more Pride festivals per capita than any other country and is the largest Pride celebration in the Nordic region, but the Stockholm event is by far the biggest.  

The Pride Parade, which usually attracts around 50,000 participants in a normal year, will be broadcast digitally from Södra Teatern on August 7th on Stockholm Pride’s website and social media. The two-hour broadcast will be led by tenor and debater Rickard Söderberg.

The two major venues of the festival are Pride House, located this year at the Clarion Hotel Stockholm at Skanstull in Södermalm, and Pride Stage, which is at Södra Teatern near Slussen.

“We are super happy with the layout and think it feels good for us as an organisation to slowly return to normal. There are so many who have longed for it,” chairperson of Stockholm Pride, Vix Herjeryd, told the Dagens Nyheter newspaper.

Tickets are required for all indoor events at Södra Teatern to limit the number of people indoors according to pandemic restrictions. But the entire stage programme will also be streamed on a big screen open air on Mosebacketerassen, which doesn’t require a ticket.  

You can read more about this year’s Pride programme on the Stockholm Pride website (in Swedish).