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Jahr

The Love Agency

Documentary Film
Sweden
2013
27 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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Martina Carlstedt
Martina Carlstedt
Eirik Røland, Olle Markensten
Martina Carlstedt
Alexandra Litén
Johan Embring
In an age when even the KGB returns to typing machines there’s even less cause to rely on the Internet in matters of love. In Arkhangelsk, not far from the Arctic Circle, things are still organised on an analogue basis, with a folder of pictures. All those who described what they are yearning for to the “Yevgeniya” marriage agency (or is it really a love agency?) go in there. Upon which Svetlana picks up the phone – everything is top priority! – to boldly bring together what didn’t come together in life.
What happens next, though, can end either way. Like Anna, for example, who talks honestly about her life while Alexey is only interested in the meat and gravy. Or the veritable coup de foudre of Svetlana and her Vladimir, who in the course of an evening soaked in cognac and Russian poetry becomes first Volodya and then Volodichka. Amor’s arrows shoot like steel missiles through the bar, and like the make-up on the faces of the old girls who are a little the worse for wear, everything is always a little too much, too sweet, too greasy. Is it fake? But who knows what real love is?
Once more Martina Carlstedt’s very original style of documentary mise en scène yields a masterstroke, a melancholy etude in loneliness – even if at the end of the evening Svetlana and Vladimir are definitely determined to get married.

Grit Lemke

With Open Eyes

Documentary Film
Sweden
2013
14 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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Erik Bäfving
Erik Bäfving
Gustav Wall
Erik Bäfving
Martin Hennel
One day, without a warning, the father jumps to his death from his office window. The son finds a message: “I hope you will like me again one day.” This film, made 25 years after the event, is dedicated to that sentence. It kept haunting the former boy, Erik Bäfving. Can you love a father who simply vanishes without giving you any chance to ask why? As a child Erik Bäfving retired into the world of his drawings. Now he meticulously analyses the family photos. He turns them back and forth to search for clues and signs in the faces, gestures and group arrangements. Negatives are turned into positives and vice versa. But it’s advisable to mistrust the arrangements, for the family chronicle turns more and more into the writing on the wall no generation can escape. The photos lose their familiar chronological position, whirling around until they find new reference points that suggest dependencies and fears.
“With Open Eyes” is part of a trilogy. In his previous films, “Boogie Woogie Daddy” (DOK Leipzig Golden Dove in 2002) and “Inbetweener”, the director was already seeking reconciliation with the past – a process that will never end, because he will always miss his father.

Cornelia Klauß