Tempo meets Marina Abramović

Current Projects
Moderna Museet will host a major retrospective “The Cleaner” between February 18 and May 21, more at modernamuseet.se. Tempo will screen the film “Marina Abramović in Brazil – The Space In Between” in collaboration with the Moderna Museet. On March 7, the film is shown at Moderna Museet. Marina Abramović is participating. Her newly-written memoirs already exist in English, but “Go through walls” (Bromberg) will be published in Swedish in March. Read more on page 37.

Marina Abramović
The premier performance artist of the world today, born in 1946 in Belgrade and currently based in New York. Her performance “The artist is present” in 2010 at the MOMA in New York – which lasted 716 hours – received 750,000 visitors. She has founded her own institute for young artists and the development of performance, MAI (mai.art).

Marina Abramović is the queen of performance art. Where the human exchange becomes art. Where art finds a common denominator, like bees in a hive. Performance art not unlike many human rituals. Is it because Marina is so interested in them? One of her uncompromising journeys into the realms of ritual has now been documented. “Marina Abramović in Brazil – The Space In Between” will be screened at Tempo with Abramović present and her major retrospective will open at the Moderna Museet.
Further and further into the Brazilian jungle, via crystal therapies, shamans, an excess of drugs, religious invocations, rituals and other therapies that you didn’t have a clue existed are all used by Marina to further her journey. The documentary of Abramovic’s journey will explore meeting new friends, remarkable experiences, food, and the power of nature, contemplation and reflection. As a spectator you are struck by how much our universe contains. An outer journey becomes an internal one. Everything fits.

You’ve always been a nomad, traveling to India, Tibet, and Brazil in search of human rituals. Do you meet all these new people and ideas with a holistic approach?
-No, I do not, Marina answers when I reach her the day after a month long stay at the retreat in India. – I never take any other approach than that of a child. For a child is curious, takes everything seriously and is fully and completely open to what the world has to offer.

The film is very much about seeking a kind of inner truth. And maybe an outer… is there such a thing?
-There is a universal truth. Then, you can interpret it in different ways. But the overall transparency will help … In that way we can seek access to truths, religions, culture, science …
When you give all of your energy the forces can reach into all the locks we carry on. And I’m always looking for the unknown rather than the comfortable.

You are certainly not comfortable in ”Marina Abramović in Brazil – The Space In Between”. When you create your performances you say you enter another “you”, not the private Marina. So what are you in front of the camera in the film? You know that the camera is there … and it is so close, close … you are always in the center … doesn’t it affect your actions?
– I am not aware of the camera at all. Because we decided that, I have a microphone on me 24 hours a day, the photographer has the key to my apartment and to my bedroom. There is no such thing as privacy.

We have over 700 hours of material. All of this was very important, so that I do not disguise myself. We were able to open up the process completely, giving out the same energy as if the camera was not there. The same simplicity.

Marina’s questions are about our existences on this earth, about the individual’s place, about power and relationships, about the need for culture, understanding and ultimately perhaps also … beauty. For there are no limits. No time. Most of it will have to take some time. Slowness is increasingly important. Marina has always been completely uncompromising, even against herself, such as her 70’s performance “Rhythm 0” where she stood silent and still for an entire day with 72 small items in front of her. In the beginning, the audience gave her the rose that was in front of her, and the longer the day went on the audience began to test her more and more.
They took the scissors and cut apart her clothes, pulled them off, cut her with a knife and even sucked the blood out of her.
-It was uncomfortable, but that is what art can be.

Even as a young artist you must have decided that it is everything. But it must never be speculative. It must be honest. Even in the film screened at Tempo she challenges boundaries. For instance when she takes hallucinogenic drugs. Such things gives her attention, but she clarifies:
– Fame is nothing. The challenges have been with me from my childhood.

Marina Abramović’s audience does not care about age. She has, moreover, an unusually young audience for a 70-year-old artist with nearly six decades of work behind her. While the journey is always more important than the goal, Marina Abramović still makes reflective statements. The film is here, the memoirs “Walk Through Walls” is here, and the large retrospective at the Moderna Museet “The Cleaner” is here. One of her first recaps.
-It will be one of the biggest shows I do. There is so much material, so I have to put a lot of effort to sort all these 55 years I worked more than ten years of collaboration with Ulay and everything after that. And I’m very grateful to get to do it, to be at the Moderna Museet.

Your biography, your entire life from childhood in Yugoslavia today, has quickly become one of the best-selling art books around the world.
– I would have been disappointed if it is not sold, after all the places I worked and created on. So far it has been translated into 16 languages ​​and is almost as universal as I am. Fame is completely uninteresting to me, in the book I get a chance to tell you about all the 50 years I have not been part of it.

And the film, what is the reason that it is coming out right now?
– I have never seriously documented what I do, so it is really time to do that now. It’s been so inspiring to show the underlying processes to others. And show Brazil that has become so important to me. Also in my work. Here I can find new expressions for me, but also for all of our common.

Writer: Henric Tiselius

Fur Hats, car crashes and cartridge cases in Tempo 2017!

Many of the films in this year’s program will have their premiere screening in Sweden, including Dream Empire by David Borenstein, The Man Who Saw Too Much by Trisha Ziff and The Land of the Enlightened by Pieter-Jan De Puec. These directors are some of the international guests. Hot radio documentaries in Sound Sauna at the Finland Institute, photo exhibition, conversations and a record number of seminars and much more are also part of the festival between 6 to 12 March. You can find the entire program here.

Nominees for Tempo Short Award 2017

Eight short documentaries are competing in the Tempo Short Award contest and two of them have premiere screenings during the Tempo Documentary Festival 2017. The bus from Norway is about the special bus tours from Norway to Sweden because of the meat sales in Sweden. Secret Heart is a personal story in which the filmmaker seeks out the man who had fled from the Balkans with whom she had an unfinished love story with more than 20 years ago.


19 876 steps in Auschwitz / Birkenau by Johanna Bernhardson

6 Degrees of Mustafa Arhan by Axel Petersén

Letters to Sweden by Salad Hilowle

The bus from Norway by Bo Pärletun

Secret Heart by Johanna Aust

Spermwhore by Anna Linder

Because the world never stops  av Axel Danielson & Maximilien Van Aertryck

The Swedes by Manolo Diaz Rämö

Tempo Short Award is organized in cooperation with the Swedish Film Institute and Film Stockholm / Mälardalen Region. The price is SEK 25 000 and goes to the director of the film.

All the nominated films screens during the Tempo Documentary Festival March 6 to 12, 2017. Prizes will be awarded on Saturday, 11 March.

Nominated for New Doc 2017

New Doc is Tempo Documentary Festival’s talent award for promising but as yet unestablished Swedish filmmakers. Nine films are nominated in the competition, and many of them have a Swedish premiere during the festival: Izabela, Promise, Raised by Krump, See the Man, Selfie and Exile.

Izabela is twenty-two and the mother of five year old twins. Like many other Romanies from poor parts of Romania, she has left her children with relatives in her home village to try to raise money elsewhere. In the film Izabela you will see the hard life she lives in Sweden and also when she returns home.

In the film The Promise we will meet Majsan and Helle, who are both over 80 years when they finally get married in church, but it doesn’t take long until they are not able to live together –  but the love is still strong.

In Raised by Krump we get to know an urban dance movement in Los Angeles – called “krumping”. Some of the area’s most iconic dancer explains how dance and the community around it has helped them on the right course in life. Also in the film See The Man dancing have a great importance for the personal development for these football players in Östersund FK.

The contemporary phenomenon of posting photos of yourself in various poses has become a form of feminist activism on social media and this is examined in Selfie – Pose, Click, Upload, Repeat. The filmmaker in Exile, however, goes back in time and through her grandmother, who was born in Tornedalen, she seeks the common roots in northern Sweden and in the minority language Meänkieli.

Nominated for New Doc 2017

Babushka by Margarita Sheremet

Izabela by Ylvaa Johansson and Anna-My Novotny

Knaster by Neil Wigardt

The promise by Paula Gustafsson

One Ticket Please of Matiss Kaza

Raised by Krump of Maceo Frost

See the Man by Jose Miguel Jimenez

Selfie – Pose, Click, Upload, Repeat by Gilda Naumanen & Matilda Svedberg

The shame by Josephine Anderson Raattamaa

The price is 70 000 SEK, of which 30 000 in technical support, and will be assigned to a new promising director of an upcoming film project. The prize is awarded in partnership with Filmbasen / Film Stockholm, Cloud Film / Culture in the West, Film i Dalarna, Film in the East, Filmpool Jamtland, Filmpool North and Culture in Halland – Film.

All the nominated films is shown during the Tempo Documentary Festival March 6 to 12, 2017. The prizes will be awarded on Saturday, 11 March.

The entire festival program and tickets will be released on February 8.

Tempo Audio Nights; Radio Rookies from NPR!


Tempo Documentary Festival and White Architects have the pleasure to invite you to an exciting evening discussion about radio storytelling and gentrification when Radio Rookies visits Tempo Audio Nights on December 1!

Present in Stockholm we’ll have Caitlin Pierce (producer of Radio Rookies and Freakonomics Radio) as well as 15-year-old Corinne Bobb-Semple, who has participated in the program. She will be presenting her documentary “Family Affair: Living a Bed-Stuy Gentrification Story” which will spark off a wider discussion about radio storytelling and gentrification. Additionally, White Architects promise to treat us all to some wine and snacks! The conversation with Caitlin and Corinne starts at 6:30 pm and will be moderated by Viktoria Walldin from White and Mohamed El Abed from Soundtelling. The discussion will be held in English.

Radio Rookies is New York Public Radio:s (NPR) initiative to let new, young storytellers take their place in the radio airwaves. The project provides teenagers with the tools and training to create radio stories about themselves, their communities and their worlds. Since 1999, the project has been conducting workshops across New York, in predominantly under-resourced neighborhoods, training young people to use words and sounds to tell true stories. The Rookies’ documentaries have aired on several major radio channels, among some “This American Life”.

Read more about Corinne and the workshops here!

When: December 1’st. The doors will open at 6 pm.
Where: Floor 6 in the office of White; Östgötagatan 100
How: The event is free, but registration beforehand is mandatory. N.B restricted number of seats! Register here!

How to get to WHITE:
The big glass house by Hammarbyslussen, under the bridges in Skanstull. You can get in at the ground floor at Östgötagatan 100, or take the small bridge right into the building from Skansbron. We will see you at floor 6!

Support for new quality cinema!


Tempo Documentary Festival are very pleased to tell you that we, together with Folkets Bio and Festivalcentrum, are a part of one of the film organizations in Stockholm that thanks to support from Stockholm Stad will be able to examine the possibilities to open new quality cinemas in Stockholm.

Stockholm needs more independent cinemas to show more quality films, and to screen them during a longer period, and are very excited to get the chance to work with this.

And the winners are…

During our gala at Bio Rio six awards and three honourable mentions was handed out. Congratulations to all winners!

Read more about the jurys here.

The winners are:

Tempo Documentary Award

Martha & Niki by Tora Mårtens

Stefan Jarl International Documentary Award

Mr Gaga by Tomer Heymann
Read the motivation here

Hedersomnämnande Stefan Jarl International Documentary Award

Flotel Europa by Vladimir Tomić
A Flickering Truth by Pietra Brettkelly

Tempo Short Award

The Body is a Lonely Place by Ida Lindgren

Hedersomnämnande Tempo Short Award

The loony-bin! by Moa Junström

New Doc

Hotel Kristineberg by Roxane von Gerber Hedayat och Moa Kjellstrand

Hedersomnämnande New Doc

The Family by Ika Johannesson

Short Dox Radio

Mikael född 1975 by Simon Moser

Hedersomnämnande Short Dox Radio 

Påtvingat liv by Taina Adolfsson


Tempo Pitch

Josefin & Florin by Ellen Fiske and Joanna Karlberg

11th of March at Tempo Documentary Festival!

The festival is now entering a busy weekend at all the festival venues and places. Among other Noncitizen continues today with it’s seminars and dinner while Where Dreams Cross holds the festival’s second outdoor viewing.

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