“Midsommar” producer Patrick Anderson of B-Reel Films and Jacob Abrahamson, a distribution veteran from NonStop Entertainment, have teamed up to launch Mylla Films, a Scandinavian film and television production company.
Aiming to nurture local talent, stories, folklore and legends for an international audience, the banner in Cannes bows down to a powerful plaque consisting of “Destruction,” Sweden’s first Western Gothic film, and “Huen,” a plot film based on the successful Swedish story podcast and written by Jerker Virdborg (“ Black Crab” from Netflix).
“Devastation” is about two brothers who keep a town under a tyrannical stronghold during the unending winter of 1867 and an epidemic. The uprising begins from an unexpected place.
Meanwhile, “Hoin” is a thriller based on the popular Andreas Ericsson podcast of the same name. Virdborg penned the film, which Anderson describes as “Chinatown” Meet “The Ring.” The story follows a journalist traveling to the arid Stockholm archipelago, where food is scarce, military forces are at the door and locals believe in a sinister legend.
Mylla is also developing “The Aquanauts,” an ambitious environmental science fiction series about two female scientists searching for a new and potentially dangerous human species deep in the valley of Lake Siljan in Dalarna, Sweden.
The series, which Anderson and Abrahamson describe as a vegan sci-fi drama, is based on an IP created by prominent artist Pompey Heddingren, who is behind several high-profile exhibitions and shows. Anderson said the show will remind us of movies like “Annihilation” and “Avatar.”
Anderson and Abrahamson, who became friends in the late ’90s after meeting at the Stockholm Film Festival – where they worked on the programming team – make a solid duo with complementing knowledge and star track records in their respective fields. They will now aim to produce two to three projects per year, including films and TV series. “We want to be a beacon of quirky and interesting ideas,” said Anderson, who cited Ali Abbasi and Ty Lindberg as directors Milla would like to work with.
Besides “Midsommar,” Andersson’s credits include “Hotell” and “Euphoria” by Lisa Langseth, as well as Viaplay’s “Thunder in My Heart” series. Meanwhile, Abrahamson has 25 years of experience in distributing, selling and licensing films. He is the CEO and co-owner of the Nordic and Baltic distribution company NonStop Entertainment. He also co-founded and co-owns the Bio & Bistro Capitol Theater in Stockholm.
“The journey I’ve had with Midsommar has been a clear exclamation point as we have so many stories and so much creativity to unearth the basis of myths, epics and stories in our corner of the world,” Anderson said.
For reasons that are difficult to understand, these stories remain an underdeveloped area. With Mylla Films, we will aim to create worlds that will shock audiences around the world with awe, but make sure to keep our feet in Scandinavian soil,” Anderson added.
Meanwhile, Abrahamson said, “Myla is Swedish for fertile soil, and it epitomizes a practical, locally grown and tangible environment that we think will benefit the kind of ideas and universes currently pervasive in Nordic filmmaking.”
The executive said Mylla Films will provide “a solid base of experience in production and finance, as well as unique insights into the areas of distribution and sales.” Abrahamson added that he and Anderson share a “rooted, mutual love of the extraordinary” and will “bring the mythical aspects of the Nordic landscape to an international audience”. Abrahamson noted that the scripted scene was very competitive with many players, but also full of opportunities.
“There are more platforms and TV channels than ever before, but there’s a lack of movies and a lack of fantasy storytelling – Swedes tend to like Nordic crime and dramatic comedies, and that doesn’t happen much in genre, so there’s a blind spot we’re stepping into,” the producer said. He noted that cinema has attracted audiences over the years and especially in times of crisis, such as World War II and the Vietnam War.
The couple attend the Cannes Film Festival to search for partners and funding for their first three projects: “Destruction”, “Aquanauts” and “Huen”.
Here’s a first look at Hedengren’s concept art for “The Aquanauts”: