The Real Estate

by Axel Petersén and Måns Månsson

The Real Estate


After a life of decadence and living abroad on monthly allowances, 68-year-old Nojet inherits an apartment building from her father who has just died, and returns home to Stockholm, which is in the middle of a housing crisis.

Inspecting the building for the first time, Nojet meets with several tenants and discovers that the apartments on the 7th floor are all under illegal black market contracts. She brings this up with Chris, her nephew and manager of the building. He denies any fraud, but asks Nojet to show some empathy with the poor tenants, who have no other place to go due to the tough housing market.

Disillusioned and clueless Nojet seeks help from Lex, the family lawyer, who only sees two options: keep the building as it is, or sell. Either way a fast turnaround is needed.


Axel Petersén, born 1979 in Stockholm, is a visual artist and filmmaker who has made a variety of feature and short films, photography and video installations; exhibiting in galleries, institutions, film festivals including the Berlin, Toronto and the Venice Film Festival and cinemas worldwide.

Måns Månsson, born 1982 in Stockholm, is a director, cinematographer and producer. Månsson's award-winning shorts, features and documentaries have been screened at various festivals around the world, such as Berlin, Rotterdam, Tribeca film festivals and the Venice Art Biennale. Månsson is a three time Swedish Film Awards nominee and the 2015 winner of the Swedish Arts Council's Mai Zetterling Award.

2016 Under the Pyramid (Under pyramiden)
2011 Avalon

2016 The Yard (Yarden)

2014 Stranded in Canton (Nakangami na Guangzhou) 

2012 Roland Hassel (Hassel - Privatspanarna)

2009 Mr. Governor (H:r Landshövding)


Léonore Ekstrand - Nojet
Christer Levin - Lex
Christian Saldert - Chris
Olof Rhodin - Mickey
Carl Johan Merner - Carl Serum
Don Bennechi - Don


directors Axel Petersén & Måns Månsson
screenplay Axel Petersén
director of photography Måns Månsson
editor George Cragg & Anna Brunstein
music Ton Skinner, Louis Slipperz, Axel Boman, Don Bennechi
design Aleksander Karshikoff
sound Abdoulaye Diallo
costume Ellen Utterström
co-producers Aleksander Karshikoff, George Cragg, Calle Isberg & Christian Rehnfors
producers Sigrid Helleday & Måns Månsson

Technical Data

format DCP / colour / 5.1
length 88 min.
original language Swedish

original title Toppen av ingenting

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