A closer look at Sweden’s rising stars

A closer look at Sweden's rising stars
Swedish actresses Sandra Huldt and Julia Ragnarsson. Julia (right) has been nominated for a Rising Star award. Photo: TT
Like to be ahead of the game when it comes to the next big thing on the silver screen? We find out more about the Swedish nominees for the Rising Star award to be presented at Stockholm's International Film Festival next week.
Sweden has enjoyed a fruitful relationship with cinema – most notably perhaps through the directorial genius of Ingmar Bergman, but more recently through the country's wealth of big-name actors.
Alexander Skarsgård (below) has been a bloody success in the True Blood vampire series in the US. Noomi Rapace, made famous as being the girl with the dragon tattoo, has moved on to blockbuster titles too.
Elsewhere, there's Robocop's Joel Kinnaman, Expendables star Dolph Lundgren, and of course the rest of the Skarsgård clan. 
But who are the names to watch out for going forward?
Well, according to the Stockholm International Film Festival, which celebrates its 25th year next week, there are six names worthy of consideration for the Rising Star award. 
Allow us to introduce them. 
Julia Ragnarsson (above), who featured in drama/comedy Stockholm Stories in 2013, might be more recognizable to international audiences as a character in the Danish/Swedish hit TV series The Bridge. This 22-year-old from Malmö studied theatre until 2011 and has been in a slew of Swedish and British films since the age of ten. 
Her co-star in Stockholm Stories and her real-life boyfriend, Filip Berg, has also been nominated. This 28-year-old studied music and has been in several films including popular drama flick Ondskan (Evil) in 2003. He's no stranger to picking up the pen either, writing the script for the occasional short film. He's also been in smash hit Swedish TV comedy Solsidan. 
David Fukamachi-Regnfors (above), who was in films including this year's drama hit Gentlemen and the 2012 award winner Call Girl, is 30 years old. Born to a Japanese dad and Swedish mum, Fukamachi-Regnfors has lived in both Japan and Sweden. He studied Japanese and journalism at university.
Iggy Malmborg from Something Must Break (Nånting måste gå sönder), a transgender love story set in Stockholm and released in 2014. Iggy and his co-star Saga Becker (more on Sara below) are virtually ghosts online. Malmborg's Facebook page suggests he's working with a German actor on a new theatre piece. He also appears to have tattooed "PRIVATE PROPERTY DAMAGE" along his side on Wednesday this week.  
Sara Becker (above) is only credited with being in Something Must Break. She'd be a real outsider to win as she's so new to the scene. In a recent interview, she admitted that she has had no acting training and that she had never acted before. But, she said that she "loved to be in front of the camera", so perhaps we'll be seeing more of Becker. 
Lastly, meet Félice Jankell from Young Sophie Bell. This 22-year-old Swede is the daughter of Swedish actor and musician Thorsten Flinck. In fact, during an interview with the Aftonbladet newspaper when she was just 13 years old, she said she already knew she wanted to be an actor like her dad. 
All photos: TT

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