Country: Sweden

FUTURE MY LOVE

Future My Love is a unique love story challenging our collective and personal utopias in search of freedom. At the brink of losing the idealistic love of her life, filmmaker Maja Borg takes us on a poetic road trip through the financial collapse, exploring a radically different economic and social model proposed by 95-year-old futurist Jacque Fresco. How much freedom are we prepared to give to the ones we love? And how much responsibility are we ready to take for our society? Future My Love challenges us to understand why we resist change, as individuals and as a society, when we both can and have to change. Carefully weaving a texture of archive footage, black and white Super 8 film, and colour HD, Borg poignantly depicts the universal struggle between our heads and hearts in times of radical change.

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AUDITION

Established male actors are invited to an audition. During the test shoot, the female director tries to make them portray something that triggers their defence mechanisms.

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PUSH IT

A film about never being able to win, even though you’re the best. Hedda tries to approach Adam in every way she can, but everything she does turns out wrong. But Adam gets to break all the rules. “Push it” explores structures, physicality, identity and emotions. With the gym hall as its arena.

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THE AMULET I AM NADJA

To live in a family with a father that abuses the mother and at the same time try to protect and care for two younger siblings, to wish for something good to happen and in the same time wonder where there is some help to find. Nadja, 12 years old, is trying to survive in a very dysfunctional family.

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WE ARE GOTTSUNDA

“We are Gottsunda” presents Gottsunda citizen’s own stories in four episodes during 2017-2018. What are the challenges and solutions for the future? What dreams and role models have the power to change?

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ALONG WITH THE WIND

A female photographer is at a historic site to take photos. There, she meets an old man who’s lost his pocket watch, but he doesn’t know where or when. The girl follows the old man, and during their short journey they get to know each other, and the girl learns more about time, and about life.

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THE PHONE CALL

A man is in a difficult situation. He calls the only one who could possibly help him, but will he help? Can he help? The elementary question is, can you really help yourself?

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THE PLATFORM

Maja, 22 years old, is standing on a platform waiting for a train that is five minutes away. She stands there because she is considering taking her own life. We hear her thoughts about the society, her own value and whether or not she is going to jump.

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ELEVEN WORDS

This short film can be described as a visual poem. It is not a traditional film, it is rather a dialogue with the audience. The project’s strongest guiding principle is interest, desire and will. It addresses concepts such as fairness, empathy and freedom without necessarily being preachy or severe.

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P47 THUNDERBOLT

Danne and Hugo are neighbours who spend all their time building model airplanes. When the airplanes finally reach the sky, they run the risk of being destroyed within minutes. “You have to be ready for that,” Hugo says, “otherwise, you shouldn’t be doing this.”

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AFTER SCHOOL

Two couples meet at their children’s school one night to plan a class outing. But things take an unexpected turn when they end up playing “spin the bottle” instead and become kids themselves.

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PUSH IT

A film about never being able to win, even though you’re the best. Hedda tries to approach Adam in every way she can, but everything she does turns out wrong. But Adam gets to break all the rules. “Push it” explores structures, physicality, identity and emotions. With the gym hall as its arena.

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BECAUSE THE WORLD NEVER STOPS

When we tune into a newscast, we expect a reassuring authority, but is what we see anything other than a performance? Shot behind the scenes during a live broadcast, Because the World Never Stops is a revelatory look at the hidden side of the evening news.

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SHADOW ANIMALS

Marall follows her parents to a party and they want her to behave. As the evening progresses, she finds the adults’ behaviour increasingly strange. Everyone at the party’s trying to fit in, but not everyone succeeds. Marall also seems to be the only one seeing the shadow circulating inside the house.

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THE BURDEN

“The Burden” is a musical, enacted in a modern marketplace next to a large freeway. The employees in the different commercial venues deal with boredom and existential anxiety by performing cheerful musical turns. The apocalypse is tempting as a liberation..

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WE COULD BE PARENTS

Erik’s boyfriend Marely left him. Now, the last chance for Erik to get him back is to make this movie to explain that the only reason why he sold sex was so they could afford to become parents one day.

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P.O.V

A group of young men have gathered for a winter holiday in the Lapland mountains. All of them are qualified snowmobile drivers within the extreme sports culture and everyone is eagerly documenting with their mandatory helmet cameras. One of the cameras become our eyes.

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THE THEFT

An anthropologist travels to the island of Samoa, where private property does not exist, to study its economic system, which she admires. Barely arrived at the hotel, her clothes get stolen. Sea turtles, Samoan Idol winners, the Prime Minister of Samoa and a tsunami all wait to get in her way.

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CUCKOO IN THE NEST

A short story about a financial man and a bird living in the Anthropocene. The world has become terribly warm and the end is near. But that doesn’t bother the financial man, he takes a bright view of the future.

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MEET ME IN HOLMSUND

Sabina has traveled from Romania to Holmsund to look for work together with her brothers. Elin has just finished school and is celebrating the first day of the summer holidays. They meet and their meeting lasts forever.

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MALES

Anton is at the emergency room. He tells a nurse the heroic story of him saving a girl from getting raped in the park and she praises his courage. When the doctor arrives, she doesn’t take Anton or his story seriously.

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INTERCOURSE

A couple wakes up in the morning. They start making out. He wants sex but she doesn’t. A passing joke about paying for it soon turns serious and afterwards they have a hard time coming to terms with what it says about their relationship.

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THE TURK SHOP

In a creative office, Asal’s co-worker uses the racial slur the turk shop when telling an anecdote. Asal questions her use of words, but ends up being the one blamed for creating a bad working environment.

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TIMBER

A woman drifts around with a feeling that something is wrong. She questions her existence and the long lasting relationship with her partner. At the same time, she meets a man. It develops into a situation where she is forced to face her inner self.

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NIGHT CHILD

14 year-old Ingrid hangs out in net forums behind the alias Night Child. When coming across her school´s photographer, they connect through their love for Iron Maiden. Night child deals with identity, sexuality, the existence of an age dependent twilight zone, and hunger for independence.

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WIDE SARGASSO SEA

In 19th century Sweden it was common to keep living eels in private wells. These eels, bereft their pilgrimages to the Sargasso Sea, lived to be exceptionally old. This animated dramatization is an account of the life, death, and afterlife of one of these lonesome creatures.

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SCHOOLYARD BLUES

It’s John’s first day at school. Unexpectedly his eleven-year-old big brother Mika shows up to follow him to assembly. But Mika has plans other than just taking John to school. Mika sees it as his mission to teach John the hard facts of the world, starting with the merciless demands of the schoolyard.

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MY GAY SISTER

A relationship between two sisters is put to the test when a new role model appears for the younger sister Cleo. In the center of attention is the biggest question: How does one know that one is in love and are there any shortcuts to the answer? A short drama about the ability to create trust.

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STRANDED

Tariq is about to be deported from Sweden, but with the help of Nathalie and her dirt bike, he heads towards a mysterious refugee island across the ice.

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CORONA RADIATA

“Corona Radiata” is a film about the first three months of a pregnancy and a miscarriage. Ambivalent feelings, strange facts about foetus development and the fragile balancing between life and death.

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AMALIMBO

Tipuana, a five year-old girl experiences a limbo when she tries to pass to ”the other side” in her desperate urge to meet her recently deceased father again. It is a short story that happens in an undefined place, and also in an undefined future.

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THE COMET

Two men are hiding behind a fence at a border checkpoint. They have just started their escape from oppression and persecution in their home country. Only one of them will arrive in Sweden. He is the comet.

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THE MUSIC BOX

The happy family trip to celebrate Maja’s seventh birthday turns dark when Maja disappears, only to be found, staring apathetically into the window of an antique shop, at an old music box.

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MEPHOBIA

A group of girls aged 6–8 wander around in the neighbourhood throwing trash around. The group of older girls is just as frustrated, but their restlessness expresses itself in other ways and limits are constantly  tested. Each scene grazes you with recognition and manages to crawl in under your skin.

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OH DEER! — VIRTUAL REALITY-INSTALLATION

A 360-degree stereoscopic 3D-film and an art installation in one, where the viewer takes the perspective of a wounded deer. You’re in the woods, it’s getting dark, you’re bleeding and hunters are sneaking up on you from all angles. The film is shown for one person at a time, at the hours listed below.

FRIDAY 28/10, 19-21 & SATURDAY 29/10, 15-17, GRAND

Free of charge. The film is 5 minutes and directed by Peter Pontikis.

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DRIP DROP

A woman comes home after a jog, only to discover that there’s no water in the pipes. Instead, there’s an horrific rumbling. Then it starts to drip.

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PARALYSIS

Reenactment of a sleep paralysis. A woman falls aslep on the sofa then wakes up in limbo, where the nightmare has taken on a physical form in the room. Sleep paralysis is a phenomenon in which an individual wakes up and is unable to move.

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TRESPASSERS

Sara and Ali is sitting in their living room and are going through pictures from a recent hike in the Swedish outback. The computer screen in front of them shows a photo of an elderly couple, warning them of entering an ancient graveyard. To his surprise, Ali finds pictures of occult sculptures and graves. Sara admits that curiosity took the best of her and she couldn’t resist the urge to check out the forbidden graveyard.

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@JANABRINGLOVE

After a nightmare, Josef can’t sleep so he logs on and has web sex with @janabringlove. But something isn’t quite right. Who is she and how far away, really?

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KUNG FURY

Miami Police Department detective and martial artist Kung Fury travels in time from the 1980s to World War II so he can kill Adolf Hitler, a.k.a. “Kung Führer”, and avenge his friend’s death at the hands of the Nazi leader. An error in the time machine sends him further back in time — to the Viking Age.

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THE GREATEST OF SMALL VICTORIES

Two hands are dancing around each other. One is ready to pour its heart out – only to be met with fear and hesitation. A story about hiding behind fear and opening up to new beginnings.

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THE SUPPORT GROUP

Five young women are waiting for today’s group therapy session. They come from different social backgrounds but have one thing in common and it forces a connection between them. The Support Group tells a poignant story of sisterhood and rape culture in our society.

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A FARMER’S POETRY

This is the story of Swedish farmer and poet Nergårds-Sven. His poetry and genuine love for nature have been his guides along 94 years of winding roads, challenges, and enjoyment.

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ORGANIC COMPOSITIONS

This animation explores the processes and mechanisms of our internal organs and reflects upon the complex feelings that most of us share regarding the inside and outside of our bodies. In a mostly automated fashion, the body functions and works for us.

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THE GREEN MONSTER

The long-awaited first day of vacation has finally come for lovers Robert and Josefine. But the long time they have been apart has brought jealousy into their passionate relationship.

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THE BAR

One late night, a broker and a car salesman meet at a bar, both too drunk for their own good. The conversation, or rather the game, goes well for a while until one of them wants out and the game is not fun anymore.

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BIGGER THAN

A film about friendship and feminism. Yet another party has led to yet another uncomfortable discussion. The feminist struggle is taking a toll on Nicole and she turns to her best friend Andrea for support.

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NYINFLYTTAD

Olle only has one academic essay left to do and he is looking forward to a studious evening in his apartment. But the environment is not as calm as he had expected. And it doesn’t get any easier when Olle meets neighbour after neighbour.

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SWEDEN’S BEST SWEDE

Hussein Hashemi receives the news that he will become a Swedish citizen. Excited, he goes all-in to be Sweden’s best Swede. After a series of entanglements and conflicts, it all comes to an unexpected and emotional end.

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STUDY I AWAKENING

In Peter Weiss’ first study film, a man wakes up and performs, with monotonous movements, the everyday morning routines such as brushing his teeth, smoking a cigarette, and other chores. In Study I the atmosphere is floating between sleep and wakefulness recalling the French surrealist films of the 20s and 30s.

This film has been digitally restored by the Swedish Film Institute.

Distribution: Filmform, www.filmform.com

 

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STUDY II HALLUCINATIONS

A film constructed around twelve tableaux, each one is part of a hallucinatory exploration of time and space. Among the hallucinations, different stages of erotically tinged emotions turn up.

This film has been digitally restored by the Swedish Film Institute.

Distribution: Filmform, www.filmform.com

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STUDY III

A man moves through the world dragging his alter ego on his back. Encountering places that remind him of the prejudice he is trying to rid himself of, his goal is to – through art – liberate himself from conventional expression.

This film has been digitally restored by the Swedish Film Institute.

Distribution: Filmform, www.filmform.com

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STUDY IV LIBERATION

The idea of the liberation of the self develops and Peter Weiss goes further into a more stylized and dreamlike atmosphere, with surrealistic overtones. The main character moves through different, for him meaningful, places dragging on a shape-shifting something that ultimately proves to be himself.

This film has been digitally restored by the Swedish Film Institute.

Distribution: Filmform, www.filmform.com

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STUDY V INTERPLAY

Sequences of photographic abstractions have been balanced against more realistic images in a highly charged encounter between two lovers, that takes place in the subconscious.

This film has been digitally restored by the Swedish Film Institute.

Distribution: Filmform, www.filmform.com

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THE STUDIO OF DR. FAUST

In his only colour film, Weiss returns to existential issues of the soul, through the story of Faust in his laboratory. The possibilities of colour film inspired Weiss to try an experiment where light and colours played with each other through prisms.

This film has been digitally restored by the Swedish Film Institute.

Distribution: Filmform, www.filmform.com

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FACES IN SHADOW

Faces in Shadow is a kind of cinéma vérité that focusing on Stockholm´s old town. Together with photographer Christer Strömholm, who also lived in the neighborhood, Weiss documents the beer halls, dairy shops, outhouses and vendors of firewood of the 1950´s. The sound consists of a collage recorded at various beer halls.

This film has been digitally restored by the Swedish Film Institute.

Distribution: Filmform, www.filmform.com

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ACCORDING TO LAW

A classic documentary on the Swedish prison system in the 1950’s, focusing on life in a youth prison in Uppsala. The title card at the beginning reads:”This film has been censored by the state. We, who made the film, have been prevented to use our freedom of speech. It was claimed that you, the viewer, would suffer from the realistic details of the film.”

This film has been digitally restored by the Swedish Film Institute.

Distribution: Filmform, www.filmform.com

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MARKER

Somewhere in the forests in the northern part of Sweden, one thousand reindeer run free. They once belonged to Anna-Sara’s dad. In an act to take care of what has been in order for something new to be able to start, she goes out to find them.

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GAY ENOUGH

Documentary on LGBT people fighting for their right to be themselves, whether they are trapped in a dictatorship or living in a supposedly open-minded and tolerant country as Sweden.
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TEN METER TOWER

A ten-meter diving tower. People who have never been up there before have to choose whether to jump or climb down. The situation highlights a dilemma between the instinctive fear of taking the plunge and the humiliation of climbing down.

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IN THE SHADOW OF THE TREE

An old man lives in a cabin in the shadow of a big tree. He cannot sleep at night because of the loud creaking of the branches. Memories of his past torment him so, when a branch starts scratching the roof tiles of his cabin, he decides to do something about his situation.

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SPERMWHORE

A queer experimental film about unwanted childlessness in a world where normative heterosexual relationships dictate who can become parents and in what way. When it comes to reproduction, our merciless bodies reduce us to merely a set sex or given gender. But the longing for children is not limited to our bodies, and the possibility of pregnancy can be gifted, shared, and undertaken together.

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INDIRECT

Based on a true story, the film Indirect exposes police discrimination and tackles the themes of covert racism and white privilege.

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INGEN SÖMN PÅ STENGATAN

A film about people working night shifts in northern Sweden. A few workers at the steel factory, a couple of night nurses, a guard doing his crossfit training set, a bus driver, and a few other people who aren’t asleep this cold January night.

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AJJA’S TESTIMONY

A one shot documentary made during a spontaneous meeting that led to a surprising testimony. The real story of Ajja is told using a mix of improvisation and stand-up techniques.

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A STORY OF ANTICIPATION

100 years ago, the Great War was raging. Death, pain and grief. Soldiers, weapons and explosions. All this we know. But there is something else the war also brought about.

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STALLION

Adena is a 16-year-old horserider who has a crush on her teacher, David. They are spending Midsummer on the same island so she sneaks away from her family to find David and his friends – all twice her age.

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ANATOMI

An anatomical PowerPoint presentation about a bitter man and his ailments. From head to toe, the sore spots of his medical history get explained systematically in a dark yet humorous and liberating film about life and its conditions.

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MAN

Man is an expansion of language and form – hand-processed super 8 mm film combined with watercolour-negative animation; bookended by a series of self-portraits deconstructing image and identity – a journey of physical tranformation through the wilderness of pregnancy.

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TILT

The animated video Tilt describes the abrupt breakup of a deep relationship and the existential chaos that follows. It is a contemplation of human beings’ inability to comprehend their own transience.

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BABY

Stockholm. Early June. First night of the summer. There is something magical in the air. Emma is 34, Joel, 16. They have never met before but tonight they will get to know each other and their innermost secrets.

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SHADOWLANDS

A film about the darkness within, illustrated as a black bird. You just want to pull the blankets over your head and hide. Doctors ask if you’re looking for sick leave when all you want is to be well. But it’s also a film about being acknowledged and realising you’re not alone.

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TRACKS

Every year, in Sweden, about 80 people commit suicide by lying on train tracks. Every single tragedy also takes place in the train cab. How do drivers handle the experience of having death ever present at every shift, and behind every curve?

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THAT’S WHAT FRIENDS ARE FOR

Annelie’s menstruation cup is stuck inside her and her friend Lovisa is helping her to get it out. Maybe a spoon will do the trick, or chopsticks? Should we try a carrot? Where did you put the lubricant? A short story about friendship and always helping you best gal out.

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EATING FOR TWO

A young woman who has suffered from eating disorders half of her life suddenly gets pregnant. She faces the challenge to eat properly and stay healthy. An intimate story about finding a balance between a difficult illness, pregnancy, and motherhood.

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MOMS ON FIRE

What is it like to be massively pregnant with only four days until you are due? You’d like to jerk off but can’t even reach, your boyfriend is a useless, boring shit, and you’d like to have some fun, but you’re pregnant. Again. Yuk!!!

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THE COMMITTEE

A Nordic committee consisting of a Swede, a Norwegian, and a Finn are meeting in Lapland to select an art piece that shall be placed where the borders of their three countries meet. Instead of a sculpture, though, the commissioned artist presents his idea of a “Nordic Dance”. The delegates are faced with the true challenges of a democratic decision-making process. Can they agree on what is a Nordic movement?

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I WAS A WINNER

We share three very different stories on the subject of computer game addiction, told through a mix of documentary interviews and animation.

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A FRAGMENT OF A LIFE IN FOUR SCENES

Liban lives with his younger siblings and mother in Stockholm. Dahir, his older cousin, appears unexpectedly. Liban’s father, who lives in the USA, tells Liban to help his cousin and see him as his brother. Liban starts asking Dahir questions while filming him at the same time.

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SOFIA

An intimate portrait of the life of a Faroese transgender woman. As she recounts significant milestones in past years and invites us to follow her in her everyday life, we learn more about her values, relationships, and the woman she is today.

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A WORK OF ART

A reflection on the artist’s own work, mirrored in a dialogue involving three secondhand characters. Together they make an honest evaluation of the artwork to reveal the harsh truth.

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SNOW

Some memories exist in a borderland. They fill your thoughts; you’re gripped by a sensation of the unreal — “did that really happen?” Snow is about a mother and her son, driving a short distance. She suddenly, unexpectedly, takes a wrong turn.

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ERINRA

Erinra (Memory) is a film about identity, migration, and love through a young man’s experiences.

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PERPETRATOR

A film about male rapists who are now in jail. A film about how they see themselves, their crime, and their guilt to society and how to move on after serving time in prison.

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THE WRAITH

In a sculptural twilight existence made up of the personal childhood nightmares and hallucinations of artist Åsa Ersmark, a witch abuses a defenceless girl from the age of four until puberty. The girl moves from nightmare to reality and to the edge of death.

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BUSSRESAN

Sarah is invited to show her film in Israel as part of a film festival bus trip. She is hoping for political discussions and friendship, but the conversation stops every time she brings up the occupation of Palestine. So, instead, Sarah talks to her dead father over a noisy phone line.

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6A

The teacher has called an emergency meeting with the parents of the children in 6A . But the only children present are the very reason for the meeting: they are accused of bullying the rest of the class.

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MIDSUMMER NIGHT

The film follows three young girls during a festive summer night in the northern part of Sweden. The girls are attending a party in a big old house where, oddly enough, both previous owners only had one eye…

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I KNOW THAT I DONT KNOW

Who am I? What do I want? Where am I heading to? I know that I don’t know is an autobiographical poetic essay film in which I tell about my childhood, my parents and a recent breakup.

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SLEEP INCIDENTS

Hans suffers from insomnia. But help is on the way! A self-appointed specialist guides us through an absurd sleep study.

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JULY 19

On the day this movie was filmed, on a beach not far away, four children were killed. The Israeli artist Polak digs a trench, as he did when he was a soldier in the wars, as did his father, the concentration camp survivor, before him.

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THE BODY IS A LONELY PLACE

See life from inside an eating disorder. You are invited to the forbidden universe that every anorexic person conceals from the outside world. A sensory, intimate, and rhythmical depiction of a medical condition.

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GHETTO SWEDISH

Aisatou is a black actress who has been hired to record a voice-over for Stockholm’s top ad agency Måns&Petter. The session is off to a good start but it soon becomes clear that Måns&Petter want the ad to be more “gangsta.” Aisatou must choose between keeping her integrity or pleasing her employer’s stereotype.

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