The next edition of Stockholm Feminist Film Festival will be held March 8-11, 2018.
Sami Blood | 2/3 6:00 pm
A 14-year-old Sami girl in 1930s Sweden tries to pass for a regular Swede in Sami Blood (Sameblod), the feature debut from Swedish-Sami writer-director Amanda Kernell. The film’s main narrative consists of one long flashback to the youth of the short’s protagonist at a special Sami boarding school in Lapland, where she realized that the Sami were treated as inferior beings. This makes the ambitious and enterprising young woman, beautifully embodied by young newcomer Lene Cecilia Sparrok, decide to ditch her traditional costume, language and ways and try to become a “Swedish” girl instead.
Director: Amanda Kernell | Country: Sweden/Norway/Denmark | Year: 2016 | Length: 110 min | Screened: 2/3 6:00 pm at cinema Sture
Paris la blanche | 3/3 4:00 pm
With no news from her husband, who left in the ‘70s to work in France, a middle-aged Rekia leaves her village and goes on a journey to Paris. She crosses Algeria and the Mediterranean Sea, gets lost in the alleys of the quarter of Pigalle, to finally find her dear Nura in the distant suburb of Paris in a hostel for retired migrant workers. But her hero, a veteran of the struggle for the liberation of Algeria, has become quite different, has become a stranger.
Director: Lidia Leber Terki | Country: Algeria/France | Year: 2017 | Length: 81 min | Screened: 3/3 4:00 pm at Zita.
Rosemari | 3/3 2:15 pm
In the middle of her wedding reception, the doubtful bride Unn Tove finds a new born baby girl abandoned in the hotel restroom. She turns her over to Child Services.
16 years later, a young and energetic girl shows up at her door step. It’s Rosemari, the baby from the wedding. Together they start investigating the cicumstances leading to Rosemari’s’s birth. They unravel a story about a young couple’s unrestrained love, an exentric ex-boxer with a taste for erotics, and a mother covering up her life’s biggest secret. “Framing Mom” is a touching and funny story about how sex, lies and biology created a beautiful flower, Rosemari.
Director: Ruby Dagnall | Country: Norway | Year: 2016 | Length: 95 min | Screened: 3/3 2:15 pm at Zita.
Mother 3/3 | 4:00 pm
A small Estonian town hides some dark secrets in Kadri Kõusaar’s wonderfully pitch black comedy Mother. She draws out Leana Jaluskse’s clever script that revolves around a wife and mother whose grown-up son lies comatose in his bedroom after a shooting, with the police unable to find who his attacker may be. His visitors stand over his unblinking body revealing truths as gradually the film teases out who his attacker actually is. Playful and funny as well as beautifully put together, Mother is a dark gem of a film.
Director: Kadri Kõusaar | Country: Estonia | Year: 2016 | Length: 89 min | Screened: 3/3 4:00 pm at Zita.
Three generations | 3/3 6:00 pm
Feeling comfortable in your own skin is a challenge for most adolescents. For Ray (Elle Fanning), it’s becoming pure anguish. Ray always knew he was a boy, and as a teenager he insists it’s time to undertake the transition. His mother, Maggie (Naomi Watts, also at the Festival in Demolition), is nervous but supportive. Ray’s lesbian grandmother, Dolly (Susan Sarandon), adores Ray but remains baffled by his decision. Ray’s father, Craig (Tate Donovan), meanwhile, isn’t even around. Ray needs both of his parents’ signatures before he can begin treatments, but Craig split when he was little. Even if Ray can find him, how can he be sure his father will accept him as a boy?
Three generations of personal struggles with identity and desire are represented in the film’s big-hearted vision of a modern family. About Ray is a busy, at times dizzying, ensemble drama, yet the film is anchored by its superb performances. Sarandon offers irreverent comic relief, Watts deftly conveys a cluster of conflicted feelings, and Fanning boldly navigates her character’s careening emotions as Ray makes his way toward becoming the person he was meant to be.
Director: Gabi Dellal | Country: USA | Year: 2015 | Length: 98 min | Screened: 3/3 6:00 pm at cinema Park
Stay ups | 3/3 8:30 pm
After last years success with animated Moms on fire, Joanna Rytel now returns with a new short film that challenges ideas of gender and motherhood. A woman in her 40s prepares for the date of evening, while telling her child to keep out of the way. With her unique style and dialogue, Joanna Rytel makes an outstanding comeback with Stay ups. You don’t want to miss this one! Stay ups is screened before Three generations.
The Meddler | 3/3 8:30 pm
But when the dozens of texts, unexpected visits, and conversations dominated by unsolicited advice force Lori to draw strict personal boundaries, Marnie finds ways to channel her eternal optimism and forceful generosity to change the lives of others: she dates an ex-cop (J.K. Simmons), helps an Apple Store employee study for school, and pays for a lesbian wedding. Susan Sarandon delivers a magnetic performance as the doting and slightly psychotic mother Marnie Minervini.
Director: Lorene Scafaria | Country: USA | Year: 2016 | Length: 104 min | Screened: 3/3 8:30 pm at Zita.
The day my father became a bush | 4/3 10:00 am
In a charming town in an unspecified country, young Toda (Celeste Holsheimer) has a relatively carefree life. Above all, she enjoys helping her pastry-chef father (Teun Kuilboer) make sweets in his bakery. When conflict breaks out between the ”Ones” and the ”Others,” her father is conscripted to go off to fight, which leaves Toda in the care of her grandmother (Anneke Blok). The town becomes an active war zone, and Toda’s grandmother arranges for her to travel secretly across the border to a neighbouring country where her mother (Noortje Herlaar) lives. But the plan is ruined by corrupt officials, and Toda must flee, penniless, to find her mother on her own. She comes to rely on her own resourcefulness and intuition in order to navigate the perils that obstruct her every move.
Director Nicole van Kilsdonk portrays a number of complex and adult issues — war, the politics of refugee status, and the on-the-ground realities of national borders and language barriers — but imbues this portrayal with a childlike sensibility. Harsh as these topics may be, the memorable story of resilience comes to life in a very touching manner, thanks to a sensitive and vulnerable performance by young Holsheimer. And by omitting any reference to specific nationalities, The Day My Father Became a Bush makes a powerful, universal statement about what is happening the world over as displacement, fear, and forced migration challenge an increasingly globalized humanity.
Director: Nicole van Kilsdonk | Country: Netherlands | Year: 2016 | Length: 90 min | Screened: 4/3 10:00 am at Zita.
Nio liv | 4/3 10:15 am
Meet the most beloved citizens of Istanbul: the cats!
Rumor has it that there is one cat per citizen in Istanbul, and that people love their cats even more than their own children. For thousands of years they’ve wandered in and out of people’s lives, becoming an essential part of the communities that make the city so rich. Claiming no owners, the cats of Istanbul live between two worlds, neither wild nor tame — and they bring joy and purpose to those people they choose to adopt. In Istanbul, cats are the mirrors to the people, allowing them to reflect on their lives in ways nothing else could.
Critics and internet cats agree — this cat documentary will charm its way into your heart and home as you fall in love with the cats in Istanbul. A must see for all cats lovers!
Director: Ceyda Torun | Country: Turkey | Year: 2016 | Length: 80 min | Screened: 4/3 10:15 am at Zita.
The brainwashing of my dad | 4/3 12:00 pm
As filmmaker, Jen Senko, tries to understand the transformation of her father from a non political, life-long Democrat to an angry, Right-Wing fanatic, she uncovers the forces behind the media that changed him completely: a plan by Roger Ailes under Nixon for a media takeover by the GOP, The Powell Memo urging business leaders to influence institutions of public opinion, especially the universities, the media and the courts, and under Reagan, the dismantling of the Fairness Doctrine.
As her journey continues, we discover that her father is part of a much broader demographic, and that the story is one that affects us all.
Through interviews with media luminaries, cognitive linguists and grassroots activist groups, “Brainwashing” unravels the plan to shift the country to the Right over the last 30 years, largely through media manipulation. The result has lead to fewer voices, less diversity of opinion, massive intentional misinformation and greater division of our country.
This documentary will shine a light on how it happened (and is still happening) and lead to questions about who owns the airwaves, what rights we have as listeners/watchers and what responsibility does our government have to keep the airwaves truly fair, accurate and accountable to the truth.
Director: Jen Senko | Country: USA | Year: 2016 | Length: 87 min | Screened: 4/3 12:00 pm at Zita.
National bird | 4/3 2:00 pm
National bird follows the harrowing journey of three U.S. military veteran whistleblowers determined to break the silence surrounding America’s secret drone war. Tortured by guilt for their participation in the killing of faceless terror suspects, and despite the threat of being prosecuted, these three veterans offer an unprecedented look inside this secret program to reveal the haunting cost of America’s global drone strikes.
Director: Sonia Kennebeck | Country: USA | Year: 2016 | Length: 92 min | Screened: 4/3 2:00 pm at Zita.
Glory | 4/3 4:00 pm
Tsanko Patrov works as a railway lineman in rural Bulgaria. One morning while making the rounds he stumbles across a jackpot of cash, which he proceeds to return to the authorities without pocketing more than a few bucks. Meanwhile back in Sofia, Julia Staikova is a 40-year-old workhorse who runs the communications department of Bulgaria’s corrupted Ministry of Transports. With a major scandal to deal with, not to mention an ongoing effort to conceive a child with her extraordinarily patient husband, she seizes upon Tsanko’s heroic gesture as a way to whitewash her ministry’s wrongdoing, inviting the worker to the capital to accept a token award and smile in front of the flashing cameras. But Julia’s plan gravely misfires when the award in question turns out to be a brand-new digital watch, thus forcing Tsanko to temporarily remove the Russian “Slava” (“Glory”) watch that was given to him by his deceased father. That one mistake winds up affecting both of their lives in ways that at first can seem slightly amusing, until they turn harrowingly dark during a final reel that dishes out several twists and surprises, not all of them pleasant ones.
Director: Kristina Grozeva and Petar Valchanov | Country: Bulgaria/Greece | Year: 2016 | Length: 97 min | Screened: 4/3 4:00 pm at Zita Folkets bio
The stopover | 4/3 6:00 pm
At the end of their tour of duty in Afghanistan, two young military women, Aurore and Marine, are given three days of “decompression leave” with their unit, among tourists, at a five-star resort in Cyprus. But it’s not that easy to forget the war, and leave violence and traumatic experiences behind. Even though they are back in safety, the adrenaline keeps flowing.
Director: Delphine and Muriel Coulin | Country: France | Year: 2016 | Length: 102 min | Screened: 4/3 6:00 pm at Zita.
Home | 4/3 8:00 pm
Home is a daring and nuanced exploration of teenagers’ relationships both with each other and the adult world around them.
The film follows a trio of adolescent boys whose self-control and fragile egos are tested by a traumatic experience that will reveal their respective natures and shape their worldviews. Recently released from a juvenile detention facility, Kevin is offered a fresh start as a plumbing apprentice at his aunt and uncle’s renovation business. Living in his relatives’ basement and enjoying some modest luxuries previously unavailable to him, Kevin begins to spend more time with Sammy, his younger, more emotionally stable cousin, and their solemn friend John, who’s unable to hide his troubled home life. As the three friends struggle to find their way, we’re reminded how adults tend to forget the powerful, if fleeting, nature of adolescent emotion — and how teenagers tend to neglect the consequences of their own actions.
Director: Fien Troch | Country: Belgium | Year: 2016 | Length: 107 min | Screened: 4/3 8:00 pm at Zita.
The apology | 5/3 10:00 am
The film follows the personal journeys of three former “comfort women” who were among the 200,000 girls and young women kidnapped and forced into military sexual slavery by the Imperial Japanese Army during World War II. Some 70 years after their imprisonment in so-called “comfort stations,” the three “grandmothers”– Grandma Gil in South Korea, Grandma Cao in China, and Grandma Adela in the Philippines – face their twilight years in fading health. After decades of living in silence and shame about their past, they know that time is running out to give a first-hand account of the truth and ensure that this horrific chapter of history is not forgotten. Whether they are seeking a formal apology from the Japanese government or summoning the courage to finally share their secret with loved ones, their resolve moves them forward as they seize this last chance to set future generations on a course for reconciliation, healing, and justice.
Director: Tiffany Hsiung | Country: Canada | Year: 2016 | Length: 104 min | Screened: 5/3 10:00 am at Zita.
Ouaga Girls | 5/3 10.15 am
A group of young women from Ouagadougou study at a girls school to become auto mechanics. The film follows the young women’s dreams and anticipations during their final school year. The classmates become their port of safety, joy and sisterhood, all while they are going through the life changing transition into becoming adults in a country boiling with political changes.
Director: Theresa Traore Dahlberg | Country: Sweden/France/Burkina Faso | Year: 2017 | Length: 80 min | Screened: 5/3 10.15 am at Zita.
Little wing | 5/3 12:00 pm
Varpu is a 12-year-old girl whose dysfunctional home life with her lonely single mother starts to weigh on her as she becomes increasingly aware of her peers, and the social pressure that comes with adolescence.
In a search for some semblance of stability, she goes on a long journey from Helsinki to Oulu in order to find her real father, a man whom her mother rarely speaks of. Along the way, Varpu discovers not only a parent, but also a new found freedom in knowing who she truly wants to be.
Director: Selma Vilhunen | Country: Finland | Year: 2016 | Length: 100 min | Screened: 5/3 12:00 pm at Zita.
The together Project | 5/3 2:00 pm
Samir, a forty-year-old crane operator in the suburb of Paris, falls madly in love with the local swimming coach Agathe. To seduce her, he decides to take lessons with her, even though he knows perfectly how to swim. However, his attempt to get closer to her does not last long, and he is soon trapped in his own lies. Agathe flies to Iceland to represent her region at the 10th International Congress of Swimming Coaches. Samir, deeply in love, has no choice but to follow her. Suddenly he finds himself in a meeting in Reykjavik, advocating a new method to solve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Director: Sólveig Anspach | Country: France/Iceland | Year: 2016 | Length: 83 min | Screened: 5/3 2:00 pm at Zita.
All inclusive – Work in progress with Karin Fahlén | 5/3 3.45-4.15 pm
Tove and her wellbehaved sister Malin travel to Croatia to celebrate their mother Ingers 60th birthday. Inger has just been abandoned by her husband and is deeply unhappy, and a competition of who can get Inger back on her feet starts between the sisters. Karin Fahlén is back with a new film starring Suzanne Reuter, Jennie Silfverhjelm and Liv Mjönes in leading roles. Welcome to a work in progress to watch scenes from All inclusive and to discuss directing and feminism with one of Sweden’s top directors! Holding the discussion does film critic Wanda Bendjelloul.
Rosita | 5/3 4:30 pm
Johannes lives together with his father, the middle-aged widower Ulrik in a small fishing town in the northern part of Denmark. They live a quiet routine life, each minding their separate jobs in the fishing industry. Ulrik misses the love and tenderness of a woman and arranges for the young Filipino Rosita to come to Denmark – just as many other men in the town have done before him. Johannes is reluctantly drawn into this as Ulrik’s translator. However, over the following weeks Johannes and Rosita are getting more and more attracted to each other which forces Johannes to take responsibility for his dreams and his future.
Director: Fredrikke Aspöck | Country: Denmark | Year: 2016 | Length: 90 min | Screened: 5/3 4:30 pm at Zita.
Long story short | 5/3 6:30 pm
The story of Ellen and her friends, all in their late thirties/early forties, and their more or less self-inflicted complicated love life and longing for romantic redemption. The story is a summary of three years of love-related highs and lows for the group of friends told through eight chapters, each of them set at a party: a New Year’s Eve, a housewarming, a Midsummer’s Eve, a wedding, a surprise party, a naming ceremony, an anniversary and a round birthday. It is an ensemble story about a group of people who struggle with the conception of the perfect relationship and are bound to re-evaluate their take on what true love is.
Director: May el-Toukhy | Country: Denmark | Year: 2016 | Length: 100 min | Screened: 5/3 6:30 pm at Zita.
closing film: Prevenge | 5/3 8:30 pm
What would you do if your unborn child started to persuade you to murder innocent people?
Ruth is a pregnant woman on a killing spree. Her misanthropic unborn baby dictates Ruth’s murderous actions, holding society responsible for the absence of a father. The child speaks to Ruth from the womb, coaching her to lure and ultimately kill her unsuspecting victims.
Alice Lowe wrote, directed and played the leading role in this dark, feminist comedy about revenge while being pregnant herself. The film is screened in association with Women in Horror.
Director: Alice Lowe | Country: UK | Year: 2016 | Length: 88 min | Screened: 5/3 8:30 pm at Zita.