STOCKHOLM XXXII COMPETITION JURY – Ronnie Sandahl

BIOGRAPHY

Ronnie Sandahl (born in 1984) is one of the most renowned screenwriters and directors in Scandinavia.
He started working as a journalist at the age of 14, and was headhunted at 18 by Aftonbladet, the biggest daily in Scandinavia.
At 22 Ronnie received wide recognition as a novelist before making the transition to writing and directing films.

After a few short films, his debut feature film as a writer-director, SVENSKJÄVEL (English title: UNDERDOG) from 2015, a love story about class and gender, was celebrated by critics and honored with a dozen awards on the festival circuit before winning the Swedish Oscar for Best Newcomer.

Recent years he's been focusing on a trilogy of movies focusing on the psychological, financial and political aspects of the world of sports: The first installment, BORG vs MCENROE from 2017, starring Shia LaBeouf and Sverrir Gudnason, was the opening film at the Toronto International Film Festival and nominated for ten Swedish Oscars after winning a number of international festival awards.

The second film in the trilogy, TIGRAR (English title: TIGERS) from 2021, Sandahl's sophomore film as a director, won recognition on the festival circuit - winning top awards in Busan, Rome and Lübeck and The Dragon Award in Gothenburg - before being selected as both the Swedish Oscar's entry and the Swedish nomination for Nordic Council Prize.

The last film of the trilogy, PERFECT, a coming-of-age story set in the world of female gymnastics, was sold to Searchlight after an extensive bidding war, and will be directed by Olivia Wilde when shooting starts in early 2022.

He is represented by CAA and Stella Hernström.

Filmography
Lyckliga jävel (Lucky Bastard) - 2011 - short - writer/director
Mirakel utmed riksväg 43 - 2012 - (The Route 43 Miracle) - short - writer/director
Svenskjävel (Underdog) - 2015 - feature - writer/director
Borg (Borg vs McEnroe) - 2017 - feature - writer
Tigrar (Tigers) - 2021 - feature - writer/director/executive producer
Perfect - 2022 - feature - writer/executive produce

Photo: Sandra Myhrberg

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