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The 13th XPOSED International Queer Film Festival Berlin
24th - 27th May
2018

8:30pm: SWEDISH CANDY, SOME VIOLENCE AND A BIT OF CAT

SUNDAY 12/05/19, 20:30 Moviemento

SWEDISH CANDY, SOME VIOLENCE AND A BIT OF CAT
Ester Martin Bergsmark 2018 Sweden 45′


Photo: Märta Thisner

The newest work from director Ester Martin Bergsmark takes us into a world where realities and experiences merge and transcend the normal, the usual and the narrative. By interweaving three stories, we find ourselves observing a would be infomercial about Gelatin production, then find ourselves following two girls in the forest in what feels like a suspense observational piece that straddles the line between what is good, what is bad, what is accepted, what is detested. As we get drawn in, we are taken then to another linear scenario about two cousins, whose closeness must be controlled, but breaks out when re-enacting a Tarzan and Jane routine they wish to put on for one of their fathers birthday celebrations.

SWEDISH CANDY, SOME VIOLENCE AND A BIT OF CAT is an existential sugar shock which takes us on a fun, candy-filled roller-coaster ride between cruel violence and extreme cuteness – which prove to be disturbingly close together. The humour, the surreal and the shock of your own scream make this piece of work a stand out for most middle length films that push the boundaries in queer film.

 

Supporting Film
THE ANIMAL THAT THEREFORE I AM
Bea de Visser Netherlands 2019 10′

What does the animal see when it looks at me?” Three animals and a woman in an enclosed space. As they study each other, their own methods of communication create a wordless conversation. We view them in close-up and from various perspectives, with the woman as a solitary species in this universe. The camera emphasizes this idea of the animal gaze by filming them intently.