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Dominic West feature filming in Sweden and Germany

Dominic West

Dominic West and Elisabeth Moss are headlining The Square, a feature filming in Sweden and Germany. 

An international co-production, the film is produced by Erik Hemmendorff of Gothenburg-based Plattform Produktion alongside Philippe Bober of the Coproduction Office in Paris and Essential Filmproduktion in Germany

The Square marks the English-language debut of Swedish director Ruben Ostlund, best-known recently for the critically-acclaimed Force Majeure in 2014. Shooting got underway in late June and is due to wrap in early October. 

It centres on an artist who creates an installation to promote good-naturedness and altruism, to be held in a public square, a plan which goes awry when the publicity team takes the PR drive too far.  

Sweden does not currently offer any formal tax incentive, although foreign producers can apply for financing from one of four regional film funds or the national film fund. 

Germany supports productions via the DFF (German Federal Film Fund), which, although it has backed over 520 productions since its launch in 2007, was then cut from around €70m to €50m for projects in 2015. The German culture minister Monika Grutters has since succeeded in her efforts to increase the fund once again for 2016. 

Several regional film funds also provide support with most German states granting additional soft money depending on local expenditure. 

There are more details on filming in Germany and Sweden in our Production Guides. 

Dominic West photo via Getty Images Ent/David M Benett.