SF Studios epic film Borg/McEnroe has been nominated for the People’s Choice Award and Sverrir Gudnason, who plays the lead as Björn Borg, has been nominated in the European Actor category at the 31st EUROPEAN FILM AWARDS, hosted by the European Film Academy, in Seville, Spain on December 15th, 2018.
Borg/McEnroe is directed by acclaimed Danish director Janus Metz (Armadillo, True Detective), scripted by Ronnie Sandahl and stars Sverrir Gudnason as Björn Borg and Shia LaBoeuf as John McEnroe.
“We are deeply honored, grateful and very proud of the nominations presented by the European Film Academy and EFA Productions. Our goal has been to honor the legacy of Björn Borg and John McEnroe with a film that would engage and touch the hearts of audiences worldwide”, says the film´s producers Jon Nohrstedt and Fredrik Wikström Nicastro. ”We are also very happy for Sverrir and his nomination. With the support of a magnificent Shia, Sverrir is Borg”.
Borg/McEnroe tells the story about two of the world’s greatest tennis players ever - Björn Borg and his biggest rival John McEnroe and their legendary final game at the Wimbledon tournament in 1980. It is a story about two young, extremely talented and dedicated men who changed the face of tennis forever and became legends in their own lifetime.
Sverrir Gudnasson has had a successful career in TV-series and feature films as well as on stage since his acting debut. At the 2009 Shanghai International Film Festival, he received an award for Best Actor for his role in the Swedish/Danish film Original. He has been awarded with the Swedish film prize Guldbaggen twice – in 2014 for Best Actor in a supporting role in the box-office hit Walts for Monica (SF Studios) and in 2015 for Best Actor in a leading role in Flugparken. In May 2016, it was announced that he was cast as Björn Borg in the SF Studios film Borg/McEnroe. During the 2017 Toronto film festival he was awarded with the IMDb STARmeter Breakout Star Award for his portrayal of Björn Borg in the film. In December 2017, he joined the cast of The Girl in the Spider's Web, playing the role of Mikael Blomkvist.
The American actor Shia LaBoeuf portrays Björn’s antagonist John McEnroe. Shia and Sverrir are supported by internationally acclaimed actor Stellan Skarsgård as Borg’s legendary trainer Lennart Bergelin and Tuva Novotny as Borg’s wife at the time, Mariana Simionescu. In a small role Björn Borg’s own son, Leo Borg, is portraying his father as a youngster.
Borg/McEnroe was picked to officially open the Toronto Film Festival (TIFF) on September 7th, 2017. It was the first Swedish film ever to open TIFF. In addition, the film has played at numerous international film festivals during 2017/2018. It was the winner of the BNL People’s Choice at the Rome Film Festival in November 2017, the winner of the People’s Choice Award at the Noordelijks Film Festival in the Neatherlands and at the Macao International Film Festival. The film’s director Janus Metz was awarded with the Best Directorial Debut award in the Director’s Debuts Competition at the Camerimage film festival in Poland.
The film has been sold to over 150 countries on the international market, including the US, UK, France, Germany, Spain, Russia, Italy, South Korea, Poland, Latin America, China and Australia. So far he film has reached one million theatrical admissions worldwide.
Borg/McEnroe is produced by SF Studios, producers Jon Nohrstedt and Fredrik Wikström Nicastro in co-production with Film i Väst, SVT, Nordisk Film, Sirena Film, SF Studios Production ApS and Yellow Film & TV with support from the Swedish Film Institute, Nordisk Film & TV Fond, the Danish Film Institute, the Finnish Film Foundation, DR and YLE and co-founded by the European Union Creative Europe Media.
For more information, please contact:
Kristina Linglöf, Head of Communications at SF Studios, +46 70 305 22 27
About SF Studios
SF Studios, founded in 1919, is one of the world’s oldest film companies and the leading film & TV studio in the Nordic region. Its business includes production and distribution of feature films and TV series and the digital services SF Anytime and SF Kids Play. SF Studios has its head office in Stockholm, Sweden and subsidiaries in Oslo, Copenhagen, Helsinki and London, and is part of the leading Nordic media company Bonnier AB.
About European Film Academy
Founded in 1988, the European Film Academy now unites more than 3,500 European film professionals with the common aim of promoting Europe’s film culture. Throughout the year, the European Film Academy (EFA) initiates and participates in a series of activities dealing with film politics as well as economic, artistic, and training aspects. The program includes conferences, seminars and workshops, and a common goal is to build a bridge between creativity and the industry. Some of EFA’s events have already become an institution for encounters within the European film community.