8 films are nominated to Tempo Documentary Award, one of the most important prizes for documentary film in Sweden. The winner is awarded 75000 SEK in collaboration with the Swedish Film Institut. And the nominated films are…
Hamada by Eloy Dominguez Serén
Lindy the Return of Little Light by Ida Persson Lännerberg
Mating by Lida Mannheimer
The Swedish Greasers by Sebastian Ringler
The Revenge of the Diva by Emelie Jönsson and Gustav Ahlgren
The Heart is a Drum by Jacob Frössén
Transnistra by Anna Eborn
Waithood by Samori Tovatt
The Swedish Greasers by Sebastian Ringler will have its world premiere at the Tempo Documentary Festival on March 4. The film shows a new generation within a sub culture that during decades was criticized in the media. The film fits very well in the overall theme for the festival, HERITAGE. The film is part of the competitive section Tempo Documentary Award, where the winning director(s) receives 75 000 SEK.
Sebastian Ringler is a director, editor and musician. He has directed music videos for artists like Avicii, Cazzette and Kiwi Lips. His debut documentary Big Love was awarded at the Hollywood International Independent Documentary Festival. As an editor, Ringler has worked with director Christian Larson on documentary Take One and feature Leave The World Behind. He also edited director Karzan Kader’s renowned debut film Bekas as well as worked as supporting editor on Jonas Åkerlunds Small Apartments.
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Ten Swedish documentaries have been nominated to the competition Tempo Documentary Award. The opening film is Rikard, a documentary about Rikard Wolff who recently passed away. He was one of Sweden’s biggest and most liked artists and also an icon within the LGBTQ-movement. Rikard is one of the documentaries that reflect the theme of the festival: Persona. It is also the Swedish premiere for Cinema Pameer that tells the story about a Cinema in Kabul and also gives us a peek into everyday life for the Afghani population.
Tempo Documentary Award Nominations
Cinema Pameer by Martin von Krogh
A Good Week for Democracy (En bra vecka för demokratin) by Cecilia Björk
Living. Loving (Leva. Älska) by Mette Aakerholm Gardell
Lida by Anna Eborn
Lyubov – Love in Russia (Lyubov – kärlek på ryska) by Staffan Julén
Rikard by Julia Stanislawska
Silvana (Silvana – Väck mig när ni vaknat) by Mika Gustafson/Olivia Kastebring/Christina Tsiobanelis Stronger than a Bullet by Maryam Ebrahimi
That Summer (Den sommaren) by Göran Hugo Olsson
The Deminer by Hogir Hirori (co-director Shinwar Kamal)
Amongst the nominated documentaries is the documentary That Summer, which title refers to the summer of 1972. Through unique material it tells the story about the eccentric mother daughter duo little Edie and big Edie in their decayed home in the East Hamptons. The material was recorded in the years prior to the premiere of Grey Gardens (1975) by Peter Beard and Jackie Onassis’ younger sister Lee Radziwill, supposedly the start of a film that never was completed.
Love is a theme that runs through many of the nominated documentaries. The movie Live. Love (Leva. Älska) lets us meet some of the seniors at ”Regnbågens seniorboende”, Sweden’s first elderly home for people who identifies as LGBTQ. Many of seniors are forced back into the closet when they move to a facility for seniors, but at the Regnbågen (The Rainbow) new friendships, romances and lives form! In Lida we follow the life of an older woman from the Swedish speaking minority in Ukraine who starts a relationship with a Russian man. Lyubov – or love in Russia (Lyubov – kärlek på ryska) is built on a selection of the interviews Nobel prize winner Aleksijevitj has done for her upcoming book about love. Silvana (Silvana – Väck mig när ni vaknat) is an intimate love story and journey through the artist, feminist and anti-racist Silvana’s life in private and in the public eye.
As an opposite to love, there are also films about war. Stronger than a Bullet lets us meet Saed Sadeghi, a photographer who took pictures of the war between Iraq and Iran during the 80s and who’s photos have been used as war propaganda. Fakhir, an Iraqi father of eight is portrayed in The Deminer. He is a man who tries to save innocent lives by putting himself at risk when he disarms land-mines in war-torn Mosul.
In the documentary A Good Week for Democracy (En bra vecka för demokratin), we go to Sweden’s biggest political event: Almedalsveckan. The film directs our attention towards what happens behind the scene rather than what happens on stage. It shows us the nerves of the speakers during their preparations right before they enter the stage and narrates the huge media spectacle and how political events are depicted.
Tempo Documentary Award is arranged in cooperation with The Swedish Film Institute and Influence Film Club. The award is 75 000 SEK and goes to the director of the winning film. The full program and tickets are released February 7th at tempofestival.se
New Doc is Tempo Documentary Festival’s award to an emerging talent on the Swedish New Doc is Tempo Documentary Festival’s award to an emerging talent on the Swedish documentary film scene. Eight films are nominated and several have their premiere during the festival: All Things Disappear if you Close your Eyes, Image of a Traitor, Mothercity and On the Edge of Life. The award is for SEK 40 000 and goes to a promising director for a future film project. New Doc is arranged in collaboration with regional film centres Filmbasen/Film Stockholm, FilmCloud/Kultur i Väst, Film i Dalarna, Film i Öst, Filmpool Jämtland, Filmpool Nord and Kultur i Halland – Film.
All Things Disappear if you Close your Eyes by Ina Porselius
Image of a Traitor by Felice Hapetzeder
Maj Doris by Jon Blåhed Mothercity by Patricia Lorenzoni
My New Home is a Trailer by Jasmijn Kooijman
On the Edge of Life by Yaser Kassab
One Day in Aleppo by Ali Alibrahim
Zanryu by Towa Shimizu
Nine films compete for the Tempo Short Award that goes to the best short, Swedish Nine films compete for the Tempo Short Award that goes to the best short, Swedish documentary. Two of the nominated films, The Second Shore and Bedford Brothers will have their premiere at Tempo. Tempo Short Award is arranged in collaboration with The Swedish Film Institute and Filmregion StockholmMälardalen. The award is SEK 25 000 and goes to the director of the film.
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The Second Shore by Åsa Sandzén Bedford Brothers by Mattias Olsson
Cops are Actors by Tova Mozard
Juck by Olivia Kastebring, Julia Gumpert and Ulrika Bandeira
The Traffic Separation Device by Johan Palmgren
The Ambassador’s Wife by Theresa Traore Dahlberg
We others by Manolo Diaz Rämö and Sharmarke Binyusuf
As We’re Told by Erik Holmström and Fredrik Wenzel
The opening film 2018 is Rikard by Julia Stanislawska, a documentary about Swedish cultural icon Rikard Wolff who recently passed away. He was one of Sweden’s biggest and most liked artists and also an fornt person within the LGBTQ-movement. Rikard is one of the documentaries that reflect the theme of the festival: Persona and will be competing in Tempo Documentary Award.
The submission to Tempo Documentary Festival is closed. The program for 2018 will be released on February 7. For submissions to upcoming editions please get back to us during the fall 2018.
The board of Tempo Documentary Festival is happy to announce the appointment of Lisa Taube as the new festival director. The board is very enthusiastic to welcome the new director to the organisation with whom they will work to continue the positive development and growth of the festival.
Chairman Yvonne Rock, says: “It is with great excitement that the board of Tempo announces the hiring of Lisa Taube. We were fortunate to have quite a number of very qualified applicants and we think Lisa is extremely competent of working with us to bring the organisation forward and move into new terrains.”
Lisa Taube has the last 10 years worked as a freelance consultant for international financing and project managing for film and media. Lisa has rich experience from the film industry since many years and has previously been the coordinator for Mediadesk Sweden, vice president of production company Atmo and compound secretary of Filmproducenternas rättighetsförening.
Lisa Taube states: ”Documentary storytelling is more important then ever in these times of alternative facts and false truths. It is with great excitement that I’m starting my assignment as festival director and I’m looking forward to continue to develop the festival.
Lisa will start her assignment on September 1 2017, taking over from Agneta Mogren who left the festival earlier this year after 20 years in the organisation. Melissa Lindgren will remain as artistic director.
The 18th edition of Tempo Documentary Festival is over and we would like to thank all of our wonderful guests, audience and volunteers for a spectacular festival! It’s been an eventful week full of reality both on and of the big screen. Thanks you for this year and see you soon again!
Photos: Ronja Jönis, Magnus Norden, Katriina Mäkinen, Herman Der Nederlanden