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Sweden: Comedies

02.05.2023 – 20.00 – Flagey

Focus Sweden

In 2023 the BSFF Travelling screenings focus on a retrospective of Swedish short films. On the occasion of the Swedish presidency of the European Union Council, the festival has dedicated three programs to the rich cinematic creation of the country through three themed programs for an overview of Swedish society and culture.

Focus Sweden 1: Comedies

The unique quality of Nordic humor is a well established fact. As absurd as it is grating, this program is entirely dedicated to the inimitable Swedish humor and offers a joyful selection of films that uses with panache, such subjects as death, sexism, compromise and fetal alcohol syndrome.

In collaboration with the Swedish Film Institute.

Magnus is a Sexist

Hampus Hallberg, Emil Brulin

Pays Sweden
Genre Fiction
- 12'32'' - Couleur - Sous-titres: VO ST FR/EN
After rehearsals, the well-meaning Johan gathers the equal opportunity group to a meeting on stage, but the dialog quickly takes on an unexpected and highly sensitive tone.


Patrik Eklund

Pays Sweden
Genre Animation
2016 - 07'37'' - Couleur - Sous-titres: VO EN ST FR
An anatomical PowerPoint presentation about a bitter man and his ailments. From head to toe, the sore spots of his medical history get explained systematically in a dark yet humorous film about life and its conditions.

Ten Meter Tower

Axel Danielson, Maximilien Van Aertryck

Pays Sweden
Genre Documentary
2016 - 17'00'' - Couleur - Sous-titres: VO ST FR/EN
The situation itself highlights a dilemma. The fear of going for it, or the humiliation of backing down. What are we like when we hesitate, and when we decide? How do we behave when we're alone, and what are we like when relating to others?

A Film

Mårten Nilsson

Pays Sweden
Genre Fiction
- 04'14'' - Couleur - Sous-titres: VO ST FR/EN
It was beautiful but it didn’t help. Using his dark humor as a weapon, he struggles on in spite of existential shortcomings and doubts.

Awaiting Death

Lars Vega, Isabelle Björklund

Pays Sweden
Genre Fiction
2019 - 11'58'' - Couleur - Sous-titres: VO ST FR/EN
A son arrives at the hospital to watch over his father's death bed. When the son wants a last nice moment, his father would rather find out what to do with the two opened cans of mustard.

Las Palmas

Johannes Nyholm

Pays Sweden
Genre Fiction
2011 @en - 14'00'' - Couleur - Sous-titres: No dialogue
A middle-aged lady on a holiday in the sun tries to make new friends and have a good time. The role is played by a one year old girl, the rest of the cast are marionette puppets.

The Committee

Gunhild Enger, Jenni Toivoniemi

Pays Sweden
Genre Fiction
2016 - 14'00'' - Couleur - Sous-titres: VO ST FR/EN
Three delegates from Sweden, Norway and Finland are gathered in Lapland to decide on an art piece to be placed where the three borders meet geographically. But the committee is in for a surprise. Instead of a sculpture, the commissioned artist presents his idea of a "Nordic Dance".