LGBTQ in film

This toolkit includes recent films with a LGBTQ theme that can be borrowed from SI and shown at film festivals or other occasions.

Sweden has a long history of voicing LGBTQ personalities in film. Already in 1917 the first film with queer content was released – Mauritz Stiller’s The Wings (Vingarne). The film industry has become more and more progressive over time. During the past decades the representation of LGBTQ people in Swedish film has increased. Swedish directors have delivered groundbreaking films such as Fucking Queers (Bögjävlar) from 1977and more recent international successes like Something Must Break (Nånting måste gå sönder) and With Every Heartbeat (Kyss mig), films that have won awards for their cinematic value, innovation and bravery.

Instructions and manuals

The Swedish Institute (SI) and Cinema Queer International Film Festival present a film programme with both short and feature length films, both fiction and documentary, covering topics such as the early days of the HIV epidemic and the struggle for transgender rights.

Embassies and consulates can borrow the Blu-Ray films from SI by filling out the application form below.

For a list of speakers that can be contacted for events as well as a list of international LGBTQ film festivals please contact Asta Rantanen.

Building blocks

The films

Girls Like Us

Five Swedish transgender girls talk about themselves: their inner lives, dating, parties and everyday life. It’s about Saga, Vanessa, Xenia, Ivy and Heidi – all with different backgrounds and different experiences. We are all more than the gender we are assigned. What you have between your legs does not define you as a person.

Genre: Documentary
Year: 2016
Duration: 83 minutes
See trailer.

Girls Lost

Kim, Bella and Momo are three fourteen-year-old girls who discover a fantastic flower with magic qualities: by drinking its nectar they are transformed into boys and they enter a new world. At first they enjoy their newly found freedom, but soon Bella and Momo realize that there are downsides to it. Kim however gets seriously addicted…
Genre: Feature
Year: 2016
Duration: 106 minutes

She Male Snails

She Male Snails weaves intimate bath time conversations between Ester Martin Bergsmark and the writer Eli Levén together with the story of the Boy Hag – a fantasy world that centres on a person caught between two genders who creates a third in order to survive.
Genre: Feature
Year: 2012
Duration: 74 minutes

Something Must Break

A love story between two young men where one is the androgynous Sebastian and one is Andreas who is not gay. They form a unity. It’s them against the polished Swedish Ikea-society. They dream about escaping boredom and the risk of becoming what everyone else is. And then there is Ellie – the superwoman growing inside of Sebastian who Andreas loves and fears.
Genre: Feature
Year: 2014
Duration: 80 minutes

Becoming Ann-Christine

Åke was working as a priest within the Church of Sweden, living a seemingly normal life with wife and children. But deep down inside he knew that he was somebody completely different. This film is a personal story about coming out as a woman at the workplace, in the family and in society. It is about sexual identity, prejudice and the longing to be who you really are.
Genre: Documentary
Year: 2015
Duration: 58 minutes

Just a Normal Person

Some people are born into the wrong body. Sam is one of them. This touching film is about everyone’s right to be who they really are. This film is Sam’s story.
Genre: Documentary
Year: 2015
Duration: 58 minutes

Don´t Ever Wipe Tears Without Gloves

A powerful drama about love in the shadow of AIDS, written by renowned Swedish author Jonas Gardell after his bestselling series of books with the same title. The series has won Swedish Kristallen Award, and the Audience Award at the Séries Mania Festival in Paris in April 2013, in competition with series such as Game of Thrones and The Walking Dead.
Genre: Drama
Year: 2012
Duration: 3 x 58 minutes

With Every Heartbeat

A family-oriented drama about finding your true identity. A moving, provoking and sometimes bittersweet tale, told with plenty of wit. The story centers on the main character Mia and the unwanted effects of a torrid love affair which will change her life forever.
Genre: Drama
Year: 2011
Duration: 105 minutes

Short rainbow films from the Swedish Film Box 2

The Swedish Institute’s Film Box 2 contains 7 short films with LGBTQ themes.

Press images

The press images are still photos from the films and may only be used when marketing the films and must be accompanied by copyright information and photographer name if specified (password protected).

Financial support

The Swedish Institute covers costs for screening rights for a maximum of two films at two occasions, including translation costs.

Swedish embassies and consulates may apply for financial support of maximum 40,000 SEK for translation of the film(s) and inviting Swedish guest speakers. Application for assistance is included in the application form.

The application must be sent in at least two months before the event. Resources are limited and financial support may not be available at the end of the year. Limits may apply.

After a completed event, fill out the project report for toolkits.

Contact at the Swedish Institute

For more information, contact Asta Rantanen.