Wilderness Films launched in 2006 with the award-winning, off-beat documentary FIVE FEELINGS ABOUT FOOD. Since then, we’ve created, produced or consulted on over 80 projects. The last few years have been especially exciting. Here are some highlights:

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Mikael consults to director Lasse Hallström on his script for HILMA, to star Lena Olin.

Wilderness Films brings on Amenya Makuku as Head of Development.

Mikael writes high-concept script with journalist-author Susanna Popova for major Swedish studio. (To be announced 2021).

WIP (Women Independent Producers), co-founded by Cornelia, reaches 170 members.

Mikael is Dramaturg for THE CHILD BRIDE (Director: Karin Fahlén) and MASTER AND MAN (Director: Alexi Salmenperä).


MOVING STORIES wins the Chita Rivera Award, Impact Doc Award and Bests at international festivals.

KDMG and Collective Eye pick up MOVING STORIES for distribution.

Mikael and Cornelia write the script for 1947: WHERE NOW BEGINS, based on the Swedish bestseller, for director Staffan Julén.

Wilderness Films brings on Erin Cronican as Head of Marketing.

Cornelia finishes a comedy, A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S MOOSE STORY, for Charlie Wessler (GREEN BOOK).

Mikael is Dramaturg for and PANTYLOVER(DOT)COM (Director: Niklas Larsson) and SECRETOS (Director: Manuel Concha).


MOVING STORIES premieres at MoMA (Museum of Modern Art) in Doc Fortnight. Screens in over 50 festivals in 2018.

Mikael and Cornelia hired by Zentropa Sweden to do ground up rewrite of ISBRÄNNA, based on the Swedish novel.

Cornelia’s script ON THE BLADE selected for the Writers Lab funded by Meryl Streep.

RAOUL WALLENBERG, mini-series co-written by Johan Brisinger and Mikael, optioned by Viaplay.

Mikael is Dramaturg for AGATHA CHRISTIE’S HJERSON, produced by Patrik Andersson (MIDSOMMAR) to premiere in 2021.

ALONE IN SPACE, for which Mikael is Dramaturg, premieres.


BORG VS McENROE, starring Shia LeBoeuf, Stellan Skarsgård and Sverrir Gudnason, opens Toronto Film Festival. Mikael is Dramaturg.

Two more films, KORPARNA (RAVENS) and EUPHORIA, starring Alicia Vikander, on which Mikael consulted, premiere at TIFF.

BOYNTON BEACH CLUB, a musical for which Cornelia wrote lyrics based on a film by Susan Seidelman (DESPERATELY SEEKING SUSAN), premieres in Florida. Productions slated for 2018 and 2019.

Cornelia’s script THE INtiMATES named Finalist (top 2% out of 1,000 submissions) for the Writers Lab funded by Meryl Streep.

MY FATHER MARIANNE (Director: Mårten Klingberg) goes into production. Mikael is Dramaturg.


MOVING STORIES, produced by Cornelia and Mikael, shoots in India, South Korea and Romania.

The Women Producers Group, co-founded by Cornelia, is launched as WIP (Women Independent Producers).

YURI SIVO PROJECT moves forward with Sweden's Spark TV, Exec Producers: Cornelia Ravenal, Mikael Södersten. Producer: Piodor Gustafsson.

I LOVE YOU: A DIVORCE COMEDY opens nationwide in Sweden. Mikael co-wrote with director Johan Brisinger.

RAOUL WALLENBERG, drama mini-series, optioned by B-Reel for SVT, Mikael co-writes with Johan Brisinger.

Mikael works closely as Dramaturg with John Ajvide Lindqvist on LITTLE STAR, based on his book, for HBO Nordic.


NIRBHAYA off Broadway is a hit and a NY Times Critics Pick. Produced by Cornelia Ravenal, Julio de Pietro, Shivani Rawat, Abigail Disney for Culture Project.

GENTLEMEN nominated for record 13 Swedish Oscar (Guldbagge) Awards including Best Screenplay. Dramaturg: Mikael Södersten.

Mikael is Dramaturg for THE CHARMER (Director: Milad Alami) and OBSESSION for Ben Grass Films and Damian Lewis.

Mikael writes the treatment for TRACKS - about the first US rendition on Swedish soil following 9/11 - for producer Patrik Andersson, B-Reel Films.

A SERIOUS GAME (Director: Pernilla August) for which Mikael was Dramaturg, premieres in Sweden.