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Category |Human Interest
Year | 2023
Country | Sweden
Running time | 81’
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Production | Ginestra Film AB, Final Cut For Real, Film I Väst
Director | Carl Olsson

In the port of Malmö, a storm is brewing as young car enthusiasts gather to burn out their tyres. In a rain-swept Gothenburg a youth football coach shouts instructions to the kids. In a brutalist Stockholm car park, a man injects amphetamine, and in the Gulf of Bothnia an 8,000-ton icebreaker ploughs rhythmically through weather-worn sullied drift ice.

In these harsh and inhospitable surroundings, we find empathetic, somewhat innocent human beings of varying ages and all walks of life, trying to connect with their imposed world and each other. Our characters are observers in their own lives, striving for purpose. We find pockets of counterculture, expressed through smoking rubber, bag-in-box wine, and gothic outfits, but also the establishment, like elderly royalists expressing their deep love for the king. They all seem somehow misplaced from their surroundings, a merciless nature, or a harsh society.

Playing with contrasts and ambiguities on many levels, Vintersaga is a truly cinematic, Hopperesque interpretation of the famous Swedish 1984 song Vintersaga. In 24 meticulously framed situations, sometimes via surreal tableaux but also through motion, it vigorously observes both the trivial and the grand, mostly human stories, with a rich blend of souls juggling doubts, memories, and dreams. Ultimately the bitter cold winds shape a nation towards a bittersweet melancholy, not only sadness, but also full of longing, wilfully reminding us of a shared humanity.



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