The Real Estate

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    The Real Estate

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    88 min

    • Swedish


    After a life of decadence and living abroad on monthly allowances, 68-year-old Nojet inherits an apartment building from her father who has just died, and returns home to Stockholm, which is in the middle of a housing crisis.

    Inspecting the building for the first time, Nojet meets with several tenants and discovers that the apartments on the 7th floor are all under illegal black market contracts. She brings this up with Chris, her nephew and manager of the building. He denies any fraud but asks Nojet to show some empathy with the poor tenants, who have no other place to go due to the tough housing market.

    Disillusioned and clueless Nojet seeks help from Lex, the family lawyer, who only sees two options: keep the building as it is, or sell. Either way, a fast turnaround is needed.



    Léonore Ekstrand
    Christer Levin
    Christian Saldert
    Olof Rhodin
    Carl Johan Merner
    Don Bennechi
    Axel Petersén
    Måns Månsson
    George Cragg
    Anna Brunstein
    Ton Skinner
    Louis Slipperz
    Axel Boman
    Don Bennech


    It works seamlessly with a malevolent electronic score which at times sounds like it was written by a psychopath with a collection of power tools.

    Wendy Ide, ScreenDaily

    Axel  Petersén

    Axel Petersén


    I like cars, I'll admit

    Axel Petersén (b. 1979, Sweden) was educated at FAMU, Academy of Performing Arts in Prague, the Royal Institute of Art in Stockholm and the Mountain School of Arts in Los Angeles. He is the director of several acclaimed short films. AVALON is Axel's first feature and was developed after he made a filmed pilot study with his aunt and several actors. The film was shot in the summer resort of Båstad in southern Sweden and in Västra Götaland over the course of five weeks in the summer of 2010. In 2010, Axel was Guldbagge-nominated for his short A GOOD FRIEND OF MR. WORLD, which has travelled extensively. His film THE TRACK OF MY TEARS 2 had its premiere in Venice Orrizonti 2011. UNDER THE PYRAMID (2016) screened at Goteborg FF in 2016. His latest film THE REAL ESTATE, co-directed with Måns Månsson, screened in competition at the 2018 Berlinale.

    Selected Filmography

    Måns Månsson

    Måns Månsson


    "I follow Viktor Kossakovsky's mantra 'too many good films out there…we better start making some great ones.'"

    Måns Månsson (1982) holds an MFA from the Royal College of Art in Stockholm. His award-winning films have been screened CPH:DOX, IFF Rotterdam, Göteborg FF and Tribeca FF. He is a three-time Swedish National Film Award (Guldbaggen) nominee and is a voting member of the European Film Academy.

    Selected Filmography