Marcel admires himself in the mirror. When his girlfriend Jocelyn wakes up, Marcel wants to teach her yoga, but instead Jocelyn wrestles him to the bed and Marcel is challenged to accept something new about himself.
Directors’ vision: The film is about masculinity and the courage to change both oneself and what is expected of a man – the norm. The film tries to question what is shameful and to facilitate the change of the gender roles.
Cast: Therese Zoê Richert, Mario Abou Raad Scriptwriter : Therese Zoë Richert Directors: Therese Zoë Richert & China Åhlander Cinematographer: Bill Watts Sound: Martin Hennel, Claus Lynge Editor: China Åhlander Composer: Jörgen Wernefedlt
The unaccompanied refugee Sevko, 12, tries to cope with his new life in Sweden. He is struggling between hope and despair, waiting for news from the war zone in Bosnia. Being bullied by the other young refugees, he decides to throw a party his own way.
”Between 1992 and 1994 80.000 refugees came to Sweden. I was one of them, 17 years old, who ended up in Uddevalla refugee camp 117 in Sweden. Our film about Sevko originates from my memories from that time.” director Goran Kapetanović
Actors Enis Tuka, Haris Murić, Timur Vilić, Aldin Kajmović, Mersim Saljević, Milan Dragišić Written byGoran Kapetanović & China Åhlander Directed by Goran Kapetanović Director of Photography Ita Zbroniec-Zajt Set Designer Li Garpenfeldt Costume Designer Paola Billberg Johansson Make Up Kaj Grönberg Sound Designers Martin Hennel & Claus Lynge Editors China Åhlander & Aleksandra Gowin Producer China Åhlander In co-production with Film i Skåne & Sveriges Television Financial support from the Swedish Film Institute & The Swedish Arts Grants Committee
World Premiere at the Montreal lnternational Film Festival 2015
Close to the Soil is a short documentary made by China Åhlander.
Thure was a farmer who never gave in buying a tractor like every other farmer did during the 50-60’s. He continued working with his horses and achieved something very unusual thirty years later – the gift of being close to the soil and what that does to your soul.
Farmer Thure Andersson ploughs his land with his horses and has never been interested in buying a tractor. “To be close to the soil, to feel the way it smells, to walk behind the horses – these are pleasant things”, says Thure. ”The rythm in Thure’s work and way of life fascinates me”, says China.
Thure managed to stand the pressure. It takes character to do that. He said that ”it’s never the same, ploughing with a tractor.” ”You just don’t get that… When you’re close to the soil you feel the earth and everything.”
AWARDS & NOMINATIONS
Nominated the BEST SWEDISH SHORT 2000 at the Gothenburg Film Festival.
Awarded the BEST DOCUMENTARY at the Aspen Short Film Festival and with the JURY AWARD at the Mountain Film Festival in Telluride, USA.
”We chose a film that handled its subject with an exquisite delicacy. The film is filled with beautiful and expressive imagery which brings its themes of loss and the passage of time to life in a way we found deeply moving.” Aspen Film Festival 2001
”With an economy of words and a power of image, Close to the Soil allows us to reflect on the passage of time and the end of an era.” Mountainfilm in Telluride 2001
Awarded the BEST SHORT AWARD at the Nature Film Festival LIVING EUROPE 2003 in Helsingborg, Sweden. ”A sad, unsentimental and emotional film, which reminds us of countryside skills and talents that are fast disappearing during our own lifetime.”
”Ten minutes to soothe your soul.” Film critic Elisabeth Sörenson, SvD 18 Feb 2000 (Swedish newspaper)
Year of production: 2000 Format: 35 mm, 1:1,66, dolby SR Duration: 10 min Subtitles: English, Swedish
A film about when the system becomes more important than human life. Seven minutes without dialogue about an execution.
World premiere at the Sundance International Film Festival 2013
Actors Poyan Karimi, Peshang Rad, Ali Dawoud, Zana Penjweni, Kurdi Kara, Ako Rauf Written and directed by Jenifer Malmqvist CinematographyIta Zbroniec-Zajt Sound Mikael Körner Set Design Mattias Engström Makeup Katarina Kovacs Editing Jenifer Malmqvist, Petra Ahlin Digital Mastering Wojtek Janio Grading Gosia Gryb Re-recording mix Claus Lynge Produced by China Åhlander Production Company Anagram Film In co-production with Film i Skåne, Joakim Strand, Sveriges Television, Helena Ingelsten With financial support from Svenska Filminstitutet, film commissioner Andra Lasmanis In collaboration with FilmGEAR Aps, Stengården Film, BoostHbg, Filmcentrum Syd, Ministi, South Sweden Films, Fixafilm
Awards & Nominations
2014 Guldbagge (Swedish Oscars) for Best Short 2014 Special mention at the Lolly Award, XPOSED International Queer Film Festival, Berlin, Germany 2013 International Grand Prix, Regard Sur Le Court Métrage, Saguenay, Canada 2013 World of Maps Award, Capalbio Cinema, Capalbio, Italy 2013 Laicity Prize, Reggio Film Festival, Reggio Emilia, Italy 2013 Best Swedish Short, 32nd Uppsala International Short Film Festival, Uppsala, Sweden 2013 Red Citation Humanitarian Award, 24fps International Short Film Festival, Abilene, USA