Shorts from Sweden: The Hidden Reverse
What is hiding beneath the surface?
Through this seven-strong selection of some of the finest short-form cinema emerging from contemporary Sweden, we observe the undercurrents bubbling fervently just beneath the surface of society. Unearthing commonly hidden and untold tales and scenarios, the programme zig-zags through subjects with humour, affection and deadly seriousness, tackling issues ranging from the unconscious mind to personal and societal responsibility and the human disconnect emerging from the processes of postmodern society. Contains strobe effects.
Blushing, Jonathan Lewald/Sweden/2012/6 min
Colour, image and atmosphere merge to create a sensory map of the emotional experience that constitutes blushing.
Grandpa & Me and a Helicopter to Heaven (Morfar & jag och helikoptern till himlen), Åsa Blanck, Johan Palmgren/Sweden/2013/14 min
Touching and gently humorous in equal measures, we observe David and his grandfather revelling in each others’ company, but also acutely aware of time running out.
A Simpler Life (Ett enklare liv), Gunhild Enger/Sweden/2013/14 min
A cautionary tale exploring what can happen when an obsession with the superficial eclipses the value placed upon interpersonal relationships.
Syndromeda, Patrik Eklund/Sweden/2013/25 min (In Competition)
Leif finds himself progressively encroaching upon a delirious, hypnagogic mental maze, tugging at the intersection between dream and reality.
Animals I Killed Last Summer (Djur jag dödade förra sommaren), Gustav Danielsson/Sweden/2012/15 min
A liberal father is desperate to imbue his son with sound moral principles, but the boy appears obsessed with enacting senseless death upon small animals.
On Suffocation, Jenifer Malmqvist/Sweden/2013/7 min
Rendered with a sparseness and restraint of word and image, we witness the shocking hanging of two homosexual men in an unidentified Islamic prison.
A Society, Jens Assur/Sweden/2012/17 min
A portal into the fraught existence of a group of illegal immigrants interred in a locked container, travelling towards what they hope will be a better life.
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