Film Archive

International Programme 2016
Reflections Sara Broos

A 1968 Swedish picture book idyll, the mother a successful painter, the daughters model children. A delicate reflection about inner abysses and family, art and bulimia.

Reflections

Documentary Film
Sweden
2016
76 minutes
subtitles: 
English

Credits DOK Leipzig Logo

Sara Broos
Sara Broos
Pelle Ossler
Billie Mintz Hampus Linder
Sara Broos
Peter Mettler, Esteban Rivera
Sara Broos
Patrik Strömdahl
“There’s a crack, a crack in everything. That’s how the light gets in.” These lyrics by Leonard Cohen quoted by Sara Broos in her film outline the fragile self image she shares with her mother. And yet all her life her mother has been unreachable. The successful Swedish painter Karin Broos has built a bulwark of domestic routine, perfect make-up and above all her photorealist paintings against chaos, against her dark thoughts. Her three daughters, too, became motifs in her paintings which resemble frozen moments.

If Sara now directs and films her mother it’s still bound to remain an approach only. But her stylised images in which the Swedish picture book idyll always hints at its own shadows are like the surface of a dark pond, mirroring what the two women share. Interweaving diary entries, photos and narrow-gauge films from the family archive she creates the double portrait of two women whose severity against themselves takes both mother and daughter through long years of bulimia. A poetic reflection about melancholy and the quest for inner freedom, but above all about the relationship between art and life.

Lars Meyer
International Competition Animadoc (2015-2017) 2016
The Bus Trip Sarah Gampel

Driving through Israel in a bus full of film students – a great opportunity. But Sarah’s attempts to learn more about the occupied territories and discuss the Palestinian conflict isolate her from the group.

2016

The Bus Trip

Animadoc
Sweden
2016
14 minutes
subtitles: 
English

Credits DOK Leipzig Logo

Sarah Gampel
Sarah Gampel
Rickard Age, Patric Simmerud
Sarah Gampel, Teitur Ardal
Sarah Gampel
Sarah Gampel
Sarah Gampel
Mikael Månsson
Driving through Israel in a bus full of film students – a great opportunity. But Sarah’s attempts to learn more about the occupied territories and discuss the Palestinian conflict isolate her from the group. She starts a dialogue with her dead father instead, a Polish Jew who fled the anti-Semitic campaigns of the early 1970s and went to Sweden. The animated reflections are superimposed over the documentary images through which a journey into family history becomes visible.

Lars Meyer


Nominated for Young Eyes Film Award