Simon Staho – Dag och natt AKA Day and Night (2004)

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Thomas has decided to die, and spends his last day driving around to say good-bye to everybody, his son, wife, mistress and all others. Nobody understands that this good-bye is definite, and still he says things they will never forget. Continue reading Simon Staho – Dag och natt AKA Day and Night (2004)

Ruben Östlund – Play (2011)

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Based on a real Swedish petty-crime wave, Play troubles the waters of any smugly held view, liberal or conservative, about how society should regard and handle its own rogue elements — a dilemma Östlund obviously thinks is vital in countries such as Sweden that are over-comfortable with their own homogenous reasonableness. (His characters cannot help moralizing to each other like scolding parents.) Still, his camera strategy remains fascinating and elusive, always partially obscuring distant action with foreground reality, and patiently letting incidents play out in breath-holding takes that never look away. It’s the rare contemporary film that’s as majestically and gruelingly rigorous in its form as in its thematic interrogations. Continue reading Ruben Östlund – Play (2011)

Kasper Collin – I Called Him Morgan (2016)

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On a snowy night in February 1972, celebrated jazz musician Lee Morgan was shot dead by his common-law wife Helen during a gig at a club in New York City. The murder sent shockwaves through the jazz community, and the memory of the event still haunts those who knew the Morgans. This feature documentary by Swedish filmmaker Kasper Collin is a love letter to two unique personalities and the music that brought them together. A film about love, jazz and America. Continue reading Kasper Collin – I Called Him Morgan (2016)

Ingmar Bergman – Larmar och gör sig till AKA In the Presence of a Clown (1997)

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Inventor Carl Åkerblom is a rosy-cheeked 54 year-old admirer of Franz Schubert – and a patient in the psychiatric ward of Akademiska Hospital in Uppsala, after having attempted to beat to death his fiancée, Pauline Thibault. Together with another patient, Professor Osvald Vogler, they set up a film project: the living talkie. Before long, they set off on a frantic tour with their film, “The Joy of the Joyous Girl”… (IMDB) Continue reading Ingmar Bergman – Larmar och gör sig till AKA In the Presence of a Clown (1997)

Hanna Sköld – Granny’s Dancing on the Table (2015)

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Eini grows up isolated from society in the woods together with her controlling and abusive father. Stories about her granny and Eini’s invincible fantasy enables her to create a world within, from which she can draw her strength to survive. Continue reading Hanna Sköld – Granny’s Dancing on the Table (2015)

Tomas Alfredson – Torsk på tallin – A small movie about loneliness (1999)

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Percy Nilegaard collects Swedish single men and embarks on a bus trip to Tallinn with a so-called “highly-experienced driver”. Continue reading Tomas Alfredson – Torsk på tallin – A small movie about loneliness (1999)