Gala premiere for The Final Race

19 December 2023

Copyright: SF Studios

Yesterday, SF Studios' star-studded action comedy The Final Race (Swedish title: Ett sista race) had its gala premiere in Stockholm, Sweden.  The event was a great success attended by the cast and crew, talent and industry representatives. The film will premiere in Swedish cinemas on Christmas Day 2023, followed by an international release.

The Final Race is a comedy for the whole family set in an action-packed world of car racing. David Hellenius, Hollywood-star Malin Åkerman and Elsa Öhrn play the leading roles. The Swedish stellar cast also includes Jonas Karlsson, Johan Glans, Peter Dalle, Johan Ulveson, Ola Forssmed, Sara Soulié, Sissela Kyle, and Malte Gårdinger. The director is Edward af Sillén, who also has written the screenplay together with David Hellenius and Lars Vasa Johansson. SF Studios produces the film with producer Stefan H. Lindén and distributes the film in the Nordics. Reinvent handles international sales.

The Final Race tells the story of the street racing legend Dennis (David Hellenius), who has lived his whole life on the wrong side of the law. After neglecting his marriage and being absent for most of his 16-year-old daughter Hanna’s (Elsa Örhn) life, Dennis has decided to start living a responsible and quiet life. This is something that is soon disrupted, when Dennis finds out that his daughter Hanna will participate in a race with her new boyfriend Charlie (Malte Gårdinger). To stop Hanna, Dennis and his ex-wife Tove (Malin Åkerman) embark on a journey to bring their daughter back home. It is the beginning of a thrilling final race through Sweden and a journey they will never forget…

Watch the trailer (in Swedish) here.

The film is directed by Edward af Sillén, who has had great success with his latest films, the directorial debut A Piece of My Heart (2019) and as a screenwriter for Holy Mess (2015). He is also known for his achievements as a screenwriter and director for several theater productions, musicals and entertainment programs.

"My secret dream of making a great Swedish car action comedy has come true and it's so fun to finally be able to give the audience a taste of what they will see", says Edward af Sillén, director and screenwriter.

The screenplay is written by Edvard af Sillén, David Hellenius and Lars Vasa Johansson and is inspired by the Norwegian successful film series Burning (2014, 2016, 2020), which is also a car action comedy. Acclaimed comedian, actor and TV host David Hellenius also plays the male lead Dennis.

“This is entertainment for the whole family, which is exactly what I want when I go to the cinema,” says David Hellenius, lead actor and screenwriter.

SF Studios produces and distributes the film in the Nordics. The film is co-produced with C More/TV4, Film i Väst, Filmpool Nord and with support from the Swedish Film Institute. REinvent handles international sales.

The Final Race premieres in Swedish cinemas on Christmas Day this year, followed by an international release.

For more information, please contact:
Stefan H. Lindén, Producer, SF Studios,, +46 70 781 70 92Malin Strihagen, Vice President Brand & Communications, SF Studios,, +46 70 780 39 35Helene Aurø, Sales & Marketing Director, Reinvent International Sales,, +45 23 42 00 07

About SF Studios
SF Studios, established in 1919, is one of the world’s oldest film companies. 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 is producing and distributing feature films and TV series as well as providing the streaming service SF Anytime. SF Studios is part of the leading Nordic media company Bonnier.

About REinvent
REinvent is a packaging, sales and financing studio all in one. REinvent International Sales has extensive knowledge of original trends and sales opportunities in both the Scandinavian and international markets and represents SF Studios’ international slate of films and TV series as well as works with other high profile European production companies.