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'438 DAYS' in the Official Selection at the 14th Rome Film Fest

Press release   •   Oct 04, 2019 13:04 CEST

'438 DAYS' in the Official Selection at the 14th Rome Film Fest

The gripping true story about the two Swedish journalists being charged with terrorism in Ethiopia, is in the official selection at the 14th Rome Film Fest.

The film 438 Days stars two of Sweden’s most successful actors Gustaf Skarsgård (Vikings, Kon-Tiki) and Matias Varela (Easy Money, Narcos) as Swedish journalists Johan Persson and Martin Schibbye. They are supported by Swedish and international cast including Philip Zandén, Josefine Neldén, Fredrik Evers, Nat Ramabulana and Faysal Ahmed.

438 Days is directed by Swedish director Jesper Ganslandt (Falkenberg Farewell, Jimmie) and penned by acclaimed Swedish-Italian screenwriter Peter Birro (Waltz for Monica, Easy Money II).

The film, which had a national premiere in the end of August 2019 and was well received among the critics, tells the true and frightening story of Swedish journalists Martin Schibbye and Johan Persson who put everything at stake when crossing the border between Somalia and Ethiopia. They wanted to investigate and tell the truth about how the hunt for oil affects the population in the Ogaden region. Five days later they lay shot in the desert, and another story begins. 438 Days is the story of two men who are thrown into a nightmarish reality when the hunt for truth turns into an international political game of life and death, a fight for survival where friendship becomes the most important weapon.

438 Days is produced by Miso Film Sweden, producers Sandra Harms and Karl Fredrik Ulfung in co-production with DO Productions, South Africa. Nordic distribution and international sales are handled by SF Studios. 

International and Italian Press and Publicity:
Ann-Louice Dahlgren
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Claudia Tomassini
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International sales by SF Studios:

Anita Simovic
Head of International Sales:

Martin Ilievski
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SF Studios is one of the world’s oldest film companies and is celebrating 100 years in 2019. Today SF Studios is the leading film studio in the Nordic region with its headquarters in Stockholm, Sweden and offices in Oslo, Copenhagen, Helsinki and London. The company produces and distributes feature films and TV series as well as providing the digital services SF Anytime and SF Kids.

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