Underdog (Svenskjävel)

By Ronnie Sandahl


Dino – Bianca Kronlöf
Steffen – Henrik Rafaelsen
Ida – Mona Kristiansen
Siri – Naomi Emeilie Christensen Beck,
Marianne – Petronella Barker
Anders – Adam Lundgren
Perry – Erik Lennblad
Anisa – Gizem Erdogan
Hanna – Mia Saarinen
Frode – Kyrre Hellum
Line – Trine Wiggen
Ole – Anders T Andersen
Karin – Anne Ryg


Writer/Director – Ronnie Sandahl,
Director of photography – Ita Zbroniec-Zajt
Production design – Nina Bjerch-Andresen
Casting – Andrea Eckerbom and Lotta Forsblad
Makeup – Malin Andersson
Sound design – Gunn Tove Grønsberg
Editing – Åsa Mossberg
Original music – Stein Berge Svendsen
Production Manager – Erika Malmgren
FAD – Mike Lundin
Graphic design – David Nyman
DI producer – Wojtek Janio, Fixafilm
Senior colorist – Gosia Grzyb
Producers – Annika Hellström, Martin Persson and Gudny Hummelvoll

Produced by

Anagram and Cinenic Film in co-production with Hummelfilm, in collaboration with Fixa film, Storyline, C more and Sandahlgruppen, with support from the Swedish Film Institute/Suzanne Glansborg and the Norweigen Film Institute/ Anne Frilseth

Production facts

Swedish title: SVENSKJÄVEL
International title: UNDERDOG
Country of origin: Sweden/Norway
Production year: 2014
Genre: Drama
Running time: 1,37 min
Language/s: Swedish / Norweigen
Subtitles: English
Ratio: 1: 1,85
Shot and mastered in: 4K, available in 4K and 2K DCP
Sound system: Original 5.1
National premiere: feb 2015

International sales – The Yellow Affair
Contact: Miira Paasilinna
Phone: Mob (Swe)+46 76 199 3166 Mob (Fin) +358 50 548 1851
E-mail: miira@yellowaffair.com

Swedish Distributor
TriArt Film
Eva Essen, +46 734 176552

Norwegian Distributor
Vibeke Skistad, +47 943 41 615

Festival Awards
World premiere and awarded with BEST DEBUT award plus 2 SPECIAL MENTION for
acting at Zurich Int’l FF. Winner of the GOLD HUGO in New directors Competition at
Chicago FF, Baltic Award at Nordic film days in Lubeck, Best Actress in LesArcs and
Vilnius Int’l FF, Grand Prix i Svetlogorsk.

By Ronnie Sandahl

Underdog (Svenskjävel)

23-year-old Dino (Bianca Kronlöf) dreams of a different life. Like an abundance of Swedes her age, she has fled the mass unemployment of
her home country in search of a more worthwhile existence in a nouveau- riche Oslo. But her new life is caught in deadlock – Dino finds herself stuck in a destructive loop of temporary jobs, nancial trouble and hard partying.

A broken arm incidentally leads to a position as a housekeeper in a Norwegian middle-class home. Dino is thrown into a reality very far from her own. During a few sultry summer weeks she ends up in the centre of
 an odd love triangle, an unpredictable struggle for a affection as well as dominance.

”Underdog” is a tender and raw story of privilege and longing, yet at the same time a humorous and unmerciful observation of the shifted power balance between Sweden and Norway – an actuality where Swedes have become the Norwegians’ servants.