A LAST FAREWELL (Ett sista farväl) is both a calm and an upsetting portrait of an ageing author’s sorrow over the death of his long-term partner. Haunted by visions of his late partner, and in conflict with his daughter who is trying to renew the ties between them, he must tackle the impossible task of moving on and finding peace in the wake of a devastating loss.
Johan and his father have lived at sea for as long as Johan can remember. Or at least since he was three and his mother disappeared. Johan likes the ship. It has a greenhouse where they grow carrots, and it has fishing nets. Johan is good at diving and at mechanics, and helps his father repair the ship. One day when Johan’s father goes for provisions and Johan is left alone on the boat, he receives a distress call on the radio with a clue about his mother’s whereabouts…
VICTIM-MENTALITY RHETORIC (Offerrollsretorik) is a tragicomic portrayal of the female, manipulative, victim-mentality rhetoric. The film features different generations of women who have slipped into the role of victim – something they consider being assigned, but which they also subconsciously use. Made with striking precision, the short is the debut of director Katja Wik, screened in Cannes Short Film Corner 2012.
THE YEARNING ROOM is a romantic sex mystery that explores the boundaries between the body and the surrounding world. Anne spends the summer at her friend Julia’s summer house. This is the summer that Anne meets Olle. This is the summer that Julia betrays her. This is the summer that Anne commits the crime. Or was it an accident? A dream? As Julia’s disloyalty grows on Anne, her need of restoration is awakened. Somewhere between fantasy and reality, Anne regains her sense of self in the present.
I believe that certain narratives leave an imprint on our most private sphere. Romance tells us that our central measure of self-being is to be desirable for someone else. Traditionally the woman prepares and then she waits. This waiting is a state of readiness, an anticipation of fulfillment. By using a cinematic language that resembles that which is really being scrutinized, I hope that The Yearning Room will create a tension between distance and empathy.
EATING LUNCH (Äta Lunch) is about the fifteen-year old Klara, who is about to eat lunch with four other youngsters at the Eating Disorder Clinic under supervision of nurses. They have 30 minutes to eat up.
The film is directed by Sanna Lenken and has its Swedish premiere at Gothenburg International Film Festival (Jan 25 – Feb 4), where it is nominated for a Best Swedish Short Award.
Holger Johansson is a very lonely man. Before it’s too late, there’s something he needs to get off his chest: a secret to reveal. The time has come to unfold the story of what happened that night, fifteen years ago – the night a miracle took place at a dreary concrete motel somewhere along Route 43. ”The Route 43 Miracle” is a humorous yet bittersweet tale of a lonesome Swedish man’s longing for something worthwhile, a point of it all, a glimmer of hope that it wasn’t all for nothing.