|The Casting of an Innocent Woman|
Young actress, Sara, is at an audition for her first potential lead role in a feature film. However, the casting quickly goes sideways as the female producer really pushes Sara to her limits. To what length will Sara go in order to get the role? Is it potentially a career launching role? Eventually Sara needs to face a dark chapter in her past as the producer keeps pushing her.
Per Gillbrand is the turbo genius who put Saab on the map with the turbo engine. He’s the man behind the turbo technology and is one of Sweden’s most internationally famous engineers. Thanks to his inventions almost all the cars around the world today have turbo. After retiring Per Gillbrand continued his technological wonders in his basement where he developed the compression engine. When turning 80, he took all his self-designed mini-motors to Stockholm and held a big motor show – telling the history though details and sound - at the Berwaldhallen concert hall.
|My Years with Bergman|
Lennart Olsson had just finished school when he was offered a job as an assistant to the Swedish director Ingmar Bergman. For four intensive years in the mid 1950s, Lennart followed Bergman everywhere and helped him with both theatre rehearsals and the making of one of Bergman's most famous films, The Seventh Seal. Using a mix of archive photos, film, laughter and irritation, Lennart takes us back to his good and bad years with Bergman.
|The Salmon Story|
Over the last 30 years, salmon numbers in Norway have decreased from one million to half that. Wild salmon face several critical threats, one of the biggest being the escape of farmed salmon. When escaped fish spawn with wild salmon, the survival rate of their progeny decreases. The wild Atlantic salmon population is now almost at a point of no return. In the film, Kenneth Bruvik meets scientists and experts to hear about their research and insights into the life of wild salmon. Can research save the wild salmon before it’s too late?
|The Two of Us |
Skjold (17) and Isabel (18) are no longer lovers but will always be each other’s first love. Over the course of a summer in Copenhagen, we live through the break-up of Skjold and Isabel in a whirlwind of conversation, fights and happy moments. They are re-defining who they are as a couple and as individuals. Linked by strong emotions and friendship, they are having a hard time letting go.
|Small Town Queer|
A provocative yet heartwarming story about the clash between conservatism and sexual freedom in one of Europe’s most liberal countries. 52-year old Norwegian Bjørn-Tore fled to the city to escape the everyday homophobia in his rural hometown, but when the same town hosts Norway's first rural Pride parade, Bjørn-Tore has mixed emotions about returning. Tension rises as a local church group organises an anti-LGBTQ rally just weeks before the parade.
Needing help to get rid of a bad habit, Magnus seeks out the eccentric Dr Edvard. When Magnus and his girlfriend Andrea enter the home of Edvard and the manic butler Glenn, they are unaware of the mysterious forces surrounding the place. Magnus takes a mesmerising journey to the dark parts of the human subconscious.
Adrian is a restless man looking for happiness in a directionless way. One day, almost accidentally, he gets involved in a performance piece. It is both ritualistic and savage and shakes him into realising how careless his way of life is.
In Washington DC for the inauguration of Donald Trump on the 20th of January 2017, we encounter a troubled father in Arlington cemetery; an African-American street vendor in Foggy Bottom; a scientist who felt his choice was between "a criminal and a clown”; a Jewish grandmother who lost her family in Auschwitz; demonstrations on Pennsylvania Avenue; angry white men; the Deplorables. And the man himself, Donald J. Trump, seen from the crowd on the lawn in front of the Washington Memorial.
When Laura’s father dies she must tackle an incurable, uncontrollable grief. We become close witnesses to the inner emptiness and frustration that can follow the loss of a loved one, a feeling of an inner void that contrasts with an indifferent outside world. But Laura’s relationship with her sister Alba provides solace and love in the grief they now share. In their conversations and in feelings they find difficult to articulate, there is the fragile recognition of loss as a part of life.
|The Celestial Darkroom|
All people are beautiful when they work, believed photographer Jean Hermanson. His poetic portraits of workers are part of our cultural heritage. Jean wanted to show the people and conditions of Sweden’s factories. When Hermanson died, his assistant Nils Petter Löfstedt wanted to complete his work. We leave the archives and go back to the places and people once caught on Jean’s negatives.
|Arr. for a Scene|
Two foley artists produce sound effects for one of the most famous film scenes in film history: the shower scene from Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho, 1960. Their work is documented on 35 mm film. The viewer sees only the foley artists creating the effects, such as footsteps and door closing. The film examines the way sounds are created for movies and what happens when a film is deconstructed.
The love and knowledge of horses has always been strong in Ballymun, a suburb outside of Dublin. Lorna and her family are part of this culture, which has been their saving grace. Lorna and her father take the horses out to graze on empty lots, and she dreams about becoming a farrier - someone who shoes horses. Lorna's best friend is Big Foot, the horse her father gave her when she was one. A poetic coming-of-age film, a story of survival, relationships, horses and dreams.
It is John's first day at school. His 11-year-old big brother, Mika, accompanies him. But Mika thinks it is his duty to teach John the harsh realities of the world, starting with the merciless law of the schoolyard.
|Last Men in Aleppo|
After five years of war in Syria, the remaining citizens of Aleppo prepare for a siege. We follow the White Helmet volunteers as they routinely experience death and struggle in the city’s streets. They fight for sanity in a place where war has become the norm. Co-Director: Steen Johannessen
The doorbell rings. Someone is at Penelope's door. But everything is a mess.