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Anthropocene: The Human Epoch

Documentary | 87 min | Canada | 2018
Directors: Jennifer Baichwal, Edward Burtynsky, Nicholas de Pencier
Narrator: Alicia Vikander

 

A cinematic meditation on humanity’s massive reengineering of the planet, ANTHROPOCENE: The Human Epoch is a four years in the making feature documentary film from the multiple-award winning team of Jennifer Baichwal, Nicholas de Pencier and Edward Burtynsky. The film follows the research of an international body of scientists, the Anthropocene Working Group who, after nearly 10 years of research, are arguing that the Holocene Epoch gave way to the Anthropocene Epoch in the mid-twentieth century, because of profound and lasting human changes to the Earth.

 

From concrete seawalls in China that now cover 60% of the mainland coast, to the biggest terrestrial machines ever built in Germany, to psychedelic potash mines in Russia’s Ural Mountains, to metal festivals in the closed city of Norilsk, to the devastated Great Barrier Reef in Australia and surreal lithium evaporation ponds in the Atacama desert, the filmmakers have traversed the globe using high end production values and state of the art camera techniques to document evidence and experience of human planetary domination.

The Brink

Documentary | 91 min | USA | 2019
Director: Alison Klayman
Cast: Stephen K. Bannon m fl
Language: English

 

When Steve Bannon left his position as White House chief strategist less than a week after the Charlottesville “Unite the Right” rally in August 2017, he was already a notorious figure in Trump’s inner circle, and for bringing a far-right ideology into the highest echelons of American politics. Unconstrained by an official post — though some say he still has a direct line to the White House — he became free to peddle influence as a perceived kingmaker, turning his controversial brand of nationalism into a global movement.


“The Brink” follows Bannon through the 2018 mid-term elections in the United States, shedding light on his efforts to mobilize and unify far-right parties in order to win seats in the May 2019 European Parliamentary elections. To maintain his power and influence, the former Goldman Sachs banker and media investor reinvents himself — as he has many times before — this time as the self-appointed leader of a global populist movement. A keen manipulator of the press and gifted self-promoter, Bannon continues to draw headlines and protests wherever he goes, feeding the powerful myth on which his survival relies.

New Order: Decades

Documentary | 85 min | UK | 2019 | Swedish premiere
Director: Mike Christie

 

A unique opportunity to get to the heart of a truly iconic and brilliant band. Part concert and part documentary, Decades follows New Order’s preparations as they re-stage their acclaimed collaboration So It Goes with the artist Liam Gillick.

 

New Order rarely look backwards, yet for this project they had to reflect on and deconstruct their history – From Joy Division’s first television performance through to the present day incarnation of New Order. Features performances of Joy Division’s Shadowplay, Atmosphere, Disorder and Decades and New Order’s Blue Monday, The Perfect Kiss, Subculture, Your Silent Face, Fine Time and Bizarre Love Triangle.

Push

Documentary | 92 min | Sweden | 2019 | Q&A
Director: Fredrik Gertten
Languages: English, Spanish, Italian
Screening in co-operation with DocLounge

 

“Fredrik Gertten’s lively, approachable documentary on the global housing crisis should leave audiences feeling engaged, enraged and with plenty to discuss afterwards…Potentially depressing material is handled with a light touch and a welcome edge of humour.”

– Allan Hunter, Screen Daily.

 

Housing prices are skyrocketing in cities around the world. Incomes are not. PUSH sheds light on a new kind of faceless landlord, our increasingly unliveable cities and an escalating crisis that has an effect on us all. This is not gentrification, it’s a different kind of monster.The film follows Leilani Farha, the UN Special Rapporteur on Adequate Housing, as she’s travelling the globe, trying to understand who’s being pushed out of the city and why. “I believe there’s a huge difference between housing as a commodity and gold as a commodity. Gold is not a human right, housing is,” – Leilani Farha.

Koko-Di Koko-Da

Fiction | 86 min | Sweden | 2019
Director & scriptwriter: Johannes Nyholm
Cast: Leif Edlund, Ylva Gallon, Katarina Jacobson, Peter Belli
Original score by: Simon Ohlsson & Olle Cornéer
Languages: Swedish/Danish
Subtitles: Swedish

 

Three years after they were hit by tragedy, the relationship between Elin and Tobias is severely disrupted. As they drive to a nature reserve where they are planning to camp, their words and the silences in between are steeped in irritation and reproach. Despite Elin’s objections, Tobias steers the car deep into the forest to put up the tent in pitch dark.


At dawn, Elin goes outside for a pee. A white cat, the same one that crossed their path the night before, attracts her attention. Then we hear a circus tune coming from the forest; it heralds a trial that will be repeated time and again, like a nightmare from which they cannot awake. What’s going on, and how can they escape their cruel, stupid fate?


In his second feature, jack-of-all-trades Johannes Nyholm incorporates a variety of ideas, some of which he already tackled in a music video and a short film. In his peculiar visual universe, he mixes live action with classic animation techniques to cross the boundary between fantasy and reality. Like his shadow puppets, which are moved along a screen on visible strings, Elin and Tobias also fail to free themselves from their prescribed role in the sadistic spectacle in which they have become entangled. In the twilight zone between night and day, sleep and awakening, they repeatedly are forced to confront their deepest fear: being alone.

Suede: The Insatiable Ones

Documentary | 113 min | UK | 2019 | Swedish premiere
Director: Mike Christie

 

Suede’s arrival in British music in the 1990s was a phenomenon. Fated as ‘The Best New Band in Britain’ before they had even released a single, their debut album was the biggest selling for a generation and their emergence and dominance heralded Britpop. Made with full access to the band and their unexpurgated, incredible archive, Suede: The Insatiable Ones is documentary-feature that tells their story with brutal honesty, humour and dignity. Pulling no punches, the film eschews a linear form for a themed journey through Suede’s intense career, and its creative and personal highs and lows.

 

Through five chapters it explores: their roots and identity; the rush of success and immediate, infamous internal power struggle and schism, which few thought they could survive; the subsequent commercial apogee and significant international success; the resultant excess and substance abuse; their ‘slow painful death’ and split; and – ultimately – their recent, brilliant, acclaimed artistic rebirth.

 

Frontman Brett Anderson and the band are joined by a wonderful cast that includes founder member of Suede and Elastica, Justine Frischmann, Suede’s early manager Ricky Gervais, early Suede drummer and ex-Smith Mike Joyce, alongside friends, family and collaborators including Richard Osman, iconic designer Peter Saville, and others.

Vår tid är nu

TV-Series | 60 min | Sweden | 2019 | World premiere
Created by: Ulf Kvensler, Malin Nevander and Johan Rosenlind after an idea by Johan Rosenlind
Script S03: Ulf Kvensler, Malin Nevander, Pernilla Oljelund, Johan Rosenlind.
Directors: Harald Hamrell, Andrea Östlund och Anna Zackrisson.
Main cast: Hedda Stiernstedt, Charlie Gustafsson, Mattias Nordkvist, Adam Lundgren, Josefin Neldén, Ida Engvoll, Rasmus Troedsson, Simone Coppo, Anna Bjelkerud, Julia Heveus, Oskar Laring, Evin Ahmad

 

We’re not satisfied yet! Last year our outdoor cinema at Höjden was packed when we screened the first episode of Vår tid är nu season 2. This year, one of Swedens most popular TV series ever is back at Way Out West. The third season is set during the dramatic years of 1968 – 1971. Besides the family Löwander and their employers, we also get to know new characters. Come and join part of the cast and crew for this world premiere!

Could this be you?

Documentary | 71 min | Sweden | 2019
Director: Agnieszka Lukaisak
Cast: Alan, Alex Townsend, Bob, Dr. Micol Ascoli, James Alexander, Josh Turtle, Prof. Adrian Furnham, Regan Stokes
Language: English

 

What mechanisms drives a person to commit extremist acts? Alan and Bob are both serving long prison sentences. By letting them meet experienced psychiatrists and reconstructing childhood scenes, the film asks what drove them to cross a border; to resort to violence for their beliefs. What’s in these people? What triggers them? Where does the wrath come from? And where does the dividing line between activism and extremism go?

Shut Up Haters

Drama | 45 min | Sweden | 2019
Original title: Turpa Kiinni Minun Haters
Director: Jon Blåhed
Cast: Malin Buska, Irma von Platen, Johan Airijoki, Erling Fredriksson

 

Maja (22) lives in Stockholm, but a death in the family forces her back to her hometown of Pajala. Here her sister Sofia lives with the singer/songwriter Johan. After the funeral, Sofia will accompany Johan on a summer tour around Tornedalen, and Maja decides to come along. It will be a journey where questions about their origins and the future of Tornedalen will be put on their head.

Fraemling

Documentary / Hybrid | 100 min | Sweden | 2019 | Q&A with the director
Director: Mikel Cee Karlsson

 

Director Mikel Cee Karlsson is working on a film with and about his best friend Mathias – a young father who one day reveals that he is living a double life. Circumstances have driven Mathias into a criminal underworld where debts seem impossible to pay off. In a spiral of threats, lies and violence, Mathias is desperately looking for a way out. When things finally seem to look up for him, the pressure he has lived under for several years has fatal consequences, leaving Mikel forced to make crucial decisions about the film he is working on.

 

Fraemling is a distinct counterimage to conventional portrayals of violence and criminality. Through documentary footage, interviews and re­-enacted scenes, Mikel shapes a story about the thin line between victim and offender in a dog­-eat­-dog world. A film about close friendship, deafening silence and becoming someone you never wanted to be.

The Heart is a Drum

Documentary | 63 min | Sweden | 2019 | Q&A with the director
Director: Jacob Frössén
Cast: Iggy Pop, Kim Gordon, Bobby Gillespie, Gudrun Gut, Stephen Morris, Emma Gaze, Michael Rother, Miki Yui
Languages: English, German

 

A documentary about how a young man with a broken heart inspired some of the world’s top musicians. After a failed relationship with a Swedish girl in the summer of 1971, Klaus Dinger returns to Düsseldorf. Here he finds solace in the drums and longs for the day when he will see his lost love. In a repetitive, hypnotic beat, he visualized the feeling of never giving up and let’s his heartache beat out through bands like NEU! and La Düsseldorf.

 

The unique beat, “motorik”, quickly infected the music world. Through archive material and personal interviews with musicians such as Iggy Pop, Bobby Gillespie (Primal Scream), Gudrun Gut and Stephen Morris (Joy Division / New Order), the filmmaker Jacob Frössén follows the fascinating traces of Klaus Dinger.

Bohemian Rhapsody

Fiction | 134 min | USA, UK | 2018
Director: Bryan Singer
Cast: Rami Malek, Lucy Boynton, Gwilym Lee m fl

 

If you haven’t seen this film, here’s a golden chance to do in our fantastic outdoor cinema Höjden. If you’ve seen it, see it again, this screening will be something extraordinary.

 

Bohemian Rhapsody is an enthralling celebration of Queen, their music, and their extraordinary lead singer Freddie Mercury, who defied stereotypes and convention to become one of history’s most beloved entertainers. Following Queen’s meteoric rise, their revolutionary sound and Freddie’s solo career, the film also chronicles the band’s reunion, and one of the greatest performances in rock history.

Inna De Yard

Documentary | 99 min | France, Jamaica | 2019
Director: Peter Webber
Cast: Ken Boothe, Cedric Myton, Kiddus I m fl
Language: English

 

Inna De Yard is a gripping portrait of a group of legends in the world’s most vibrant and sweet music genre: reggae. The film shows the genre’s continued relevance, its social ideas  ​​and a group of people’s passion for letting an older generation continue to flower while the torch is passed on to younger artists – and listeners.

Rudeboy

Documentary | 85 min | UK | 2018 | Swedish premiere
Director: Nicolas Jack Davies

 

Rudeboy is a film about the origins and ongoing love affair between Jamaican and British Youth culture. A film that explores the power of music to break down cultural barriers and change lives and the eventual birth of a modern multicultural society – all told through the prism of one the most iconic record labels in history, Trojan Records. Combining archive footage, freshly shot interviews and drama – Rudeboy tells the story of Trojan Records by placing it at the heart of a cultural revolution that unfolded in the council estates and shanty towns of the late 60’s and 70’s. The cultural impact of Trojan records has shaped the world we live in.

 

Interviewed in the film are among others Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry, Toots Hibbert, Ken Boothe, Neville Staple, Marcia Griffiths, Dave Barker, Dandy Livingstone, Lloyd Coxson, Pauline Black och Derrick Morgan.

Vi har vår egen sång – Musikfilmen

Documentary | 100 min | Sweden | 1976
Director: Dick Idestam-Almquist, Jan Lindqvist, Lennart Malmer, Stefan Jarl, Tommy Goldman, Axel Lohmann
Cast: Sillstryparn, Shit & Chanel, Nationalteatern, Kebnekajse, Styrbjörn Bergelt, Konvaljen, Ole Hjorth, Björn Ståbi, Gregoris Tzistoudis, Margareta Söderberg, Hoola Bandoola Band, Peggy Seeger m fl.

 

Premiere screening of a newly restored and remastered copy of the film.

 

In 1975, the Eurovision contest was held in Stockholm. At the same time, the progressive music movement peaked, a diverse crowd of people interested in cultural and political expressions. The progressive music movement set out to manifest against the commercial music event by arranging counter-events in several parts of the country, and in Stockholm an “alternative festival” was held. This festival is in “We have our own song” the starting point for a story abouta very special time for the Swedish music scene. Welcome inside the time machine!

Mating

Documentary | 90 min | Sweden | 2019 | Q&A with the director and cast
Original title: Parning
Director: Lina Maria Mannheimer
Cast: Naomi Carter, Edvin Kempe

 

Director Lina Maria Mannheimer places a personal ad in a dating app. The premise is clear: She intends to follow two children of the nineties and their dating habits for one year.

 

After having cast her two main characters, who are to separately provide insight into their lives as young people on the mating market, something happens that takes the film down an unforeseen path – they start dating each other! The result is an intimate portrait of youthful effervescence, startling infatuation, and bitter-sweet heartbreak. Since Mannheimer never meets the main characters, they are allowed to create themselves and their relationship through the screen. It is as brutally honest as genuinely heart-warming.

Josefin & Florin

Documentary | 77 min | Sweden | 2019
Directors: Ellen Fiske, Joanna Karlberg
Cast: Florin Serban, Josefin Serban
Language: Romanian, Svenska

 

When the 22-year-old Romanian beggar Florin meets the 38-year-old Swedish single mom Josefin outside the food store, they fall in love. Eight months later they marry and move in together in the small village of Oskarström. But when the press from Florin’s family in Romania gets too big, the dream of a better life in Sweden is challenged and the relationship is put to the test. Josefin & Florin is an intimate portrait of an unexpected love relationship that challenges cultural norms and beliefs about how a family should live.

Everything I don't rememer

TV-Series | 60 min | Sweden | 2019 | World premiere
Director: Beata Gårdeler
Script: Piotr Marciniak
Cast: Armand Mirpour, Shiham Shurafa, Pablo Leiva Wenger & Pernilla August
Language: Swedish
Subtitles: no

 

Everything I Don’t Remember is a miniseries based on Jonas Hassen Khemiri’s novel with the same name. It is an epic, colorful and complex relationship and love drama told as an exciting mystery centered on a main story: why did a young man die too early? The search for answers leads us through existential questions of truth, love, life and death.


The novel was released in 2015 and has been translated into over 25 different languages. That same year, it won the August Prize and was nominated for Svenska Dagbladet’s literature prize. Everything I do not remember is produced by Black Spark and Kärnfilm Production in co-production with Sveriges Television and Film i Väst.

The Unpromised Land

Fiction | 90 min | Sweden | 2019
Original title: Till Drömmarnas Land
Director: Victor Lindgren
Cast: Andreea Petre, Elin Marklund
Languages: English, Romanian, Swedish
Subtitles: Swedish

 

Sabina has traveled from Romania to the small Swedish city of Holmsund with her Roman brothers. They work in a garage and Sabina is looking for a job. Elin, who is raised in Holmsund, is standing in the church and singing. The summer holiday has just started and Sabina get’s to know Elin. Together they revolt against the old and find something new in each other. Society around them collapses and Elin’s father becomes insane in grief. Because there is a madness in the Swedish dream.

All We Own

Documentary | 74 min | Sweden | 2019 | Q&A with the director
Original title: Allt vi äger
Director: Emily Norling

 

In All We Own, we follow the friendship between Curtis, Johan and the filmmaker Emily. As friendship is deepened, Emily is drawn into a co-dependency and a conflict between the will to see her friends for who they are and at the same time set boundaries. What they have in common is that they all have too much. Too many feelings, too much chaos, too much addiction. It is a film about anxiety and about patterns that are repeated and about filling holes with drugs and relationships. What is loyalty and what is self-sacrificing? What is the desire for freedom and what is escape?

 

The film is about staying there and that that process can be healing, it’s about the magic of a parallel reality and about a society that is failing, not the people.

The revenge of the Diva

Documentary | 77 min | Sweden | 2019 | Q&A with directors
Original title: Sivandivan
Directors: Emelie Jönsson & Gustav Ahlgren

 

At the height of fame and fortune internationally acclaimed opera singer Siv Wennberg aka Siv the Diva suffered a gross betrayal and disappeared from the public eye. Some 30 years later she’s back, looking for revenge.

Amazing Grace

Documentary | 89 min | USA | 2019
Directors: Alan Elliott, Sydney Pollack
Cast: Aretha Franklin, Reverand James Cleveland
Language: English

 

 

The year is 1972, and after 11 straight number one hits, the godmother of soul music, Aretha Franklin, take over the New Temple Missionary Baptist Church in Los Angeles. Two evenings of concert magic will soon be immortalized in her legendary live album Amazing Grace. Also on site is Oscar-winning director Sydney Pollack, on set to capture the concerts on film. Since then, these magical shows have remained unseen, until now – 47 years later, they see the light of day. Amazing Grace is an uplifting, atmospheric experience that takes you back to the 70’s American gospel churches – an experience your soul will never forget.

 

Marianne & Leonard: Words of Love

Documentary | 97 min | USA | 2019 | Swedish Premiere
Director: Nick Broomfield
Theatrical premiere Sweden October 11th

 

Marianne & Leonard – Words of Love is a beautiful yet tragic love story between Leonard Cohen and his Norwegian muse Marianne Ihlen. Their love began on the idyllic Greek island of Hydra in 1960 as part of a bohemian community of foreign artists, writers and musicians. The film follows their relationship from the early days on Hydra, a humble time of ‘free love’ and open marriage, to how their love evolved when Leonard became a successful musician.

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