I’m on the train back to Stockholm, trying to summarize the weekend at the Gothenburg Film Festival 2018. I’ve had the most delightful days, from the opening ceremony and the screening of Gabriella Pishlers Amatörer, to the last film I saw just a couple of hours ago, Jesper Ganslandts heartbreaking Jimmie. I’ve met friends, colleagues and strangers, seen 14 shorts and 7 features from all over the world, I’ve been drinking wine, beer and vodka and I’ve had the most delicious food breaks at 7eleven. Being on a film festival is always intense for me, since I want to see as many films as possible, but still spend a lot of time on the events and parties. There’s so much to do, which always results in me returning to Stockholm with an inspired but very tired mind.
I have honestly seen so much good film that I barely can believe it. The Georgian/Lithuanian Namme (Zaza Khalvashi) was a beautifully shot story about a stream of holy water, known for it’s spiritual qualities, guarded by a dad and his daughter on the Georgian countryside. The Wild boys (Bertrand Mandico) totally blew my mind with its experimental aesthetics (SEE IT!) and Jimmie (Jesper Ganslandt) touched me to the bones with its story about the four-year-old refugee Jimmie, fleeing Sweden. The Bergman revisited section was lots of fun, with the stunning Fettknölen (Jane Magnusson) and the glorious Bergmans reliquarium (Tomas Alfredson). Startsladden was a bunch of really outstanding cool shorts (best Startsladd in years) and the South-African The Wound (John Trengove), a story about homosexuality in a Xhosa community, will be with me for quite some time.
There is so much amazing film out there, I’m so happy that I have the time and ability to go to Gothenburg every year for the festival. By the way, if you can’t travel to the festival, they have a brilliant streaming service called Draken Film.
This spring I got a job that was almost surreal in its awesomeness. Along with two friends, director Mauri Chifflét and producer Sara Lindblom, I spend one week in Berlin and one week in Galicia in order to make some fantastic films for Wasa knäckebröd.
The films from Galicia focused on the guys behind the Swedish surf academy, Peter Sahlberg and Jens Holmer, their life choices, their inspiration and of course, their longing for Swedish hard bread. We stayed in a small village called Golma, close to Cedeira, literally in the remote Spanish country-side. It started out bad though, since my steadicam got stuck in Frankfurt and it took Lufthansa three days to find us in the middle of nowhere. Luckily, those days were devoted to location scouting, so it didn’t slow us down. We traveled around the area with Peter and Jens and the coolest local chic, Vicky, who helped us with everything, even the most delicate tasks, like eating percebes like a Spanish gentleman.
I had some very good help from the underwater operator Laurent Pujol, who made an amazing job early every morning with the boys. Gracias, por favor!
There are four films from Galicia, you can watch them all here.
I will update the films from Berlin soon.
I shot everything with an Alexa Mini and Master anamorphic lenses. Laurent used a Red Raven with a lens I can’t recall, but it gave the most beautiful flares. In the drone we mounted a Sony A7S II.
The post is done by The Line and the agency was Ingo. Thanks everybody involved and special thanks to Mauri and Sara and of course Social Club that made everything possible. <3
Big news from Sweden! I can confirm that I will be the DoP for the first 4 episodes of the second season of Svartsjön. I have worked with the preproduction full time since June and in a couple of weeks we’re ready for the first slates. My director is Richard Jarnhed, a senior storyteller out in the fingertips, and considering the current bromance we might get married by the end of the project.
I am happy to spend the upcoming months with this drama series, it is such an interesting story to visualise, with lots of moody mysterious moments, heart-pulsing hallucinations and severe sufferings in the sun. I can’t reveal to much of the story yet, but will surely keep you posted. This will more or less keep me busy until mid October.
Three years ago I was in Cambodia filming with director Mauri Chifflét and producer Måns Lorentzen from Lillasyster. After the shoot I stayed in the country for another week and managed to grab a lot of interesting footage. There’s one major art project that I hopefully will make official next year, but I also shot a lot of small sequences that I had other ideas with. This is one of them and hopefully everything will be finalized one day, but for now, this is it.
It’s shot secretly on a Sony F55 that I had to hide in an American Apparel bag.