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The Burden. Photo: Malade

Niki Lindroth von Bahr’s The Burden to Cannes

Niki Lindroth von Bahr’s short film The Burden has been selected for the Quinzaine des Réalisateurs (Directors’ Fortnight) in Cannes, as announced today.

Niki Lindroth von Bahr makes her Cannes’ debut with the short film The Burden. Screened earlier this year at the Gothenburg Film Festival, where it won the Best Swedish Short Award (Startsladden), The Burden was also voted the audience favourite in the short film category. Niki Lindroth von Bahr has previously directed short films One Night in Moscow (2008), the Guldbagge Award-nominated Tord and Tord (2010) and Bath House (2014). Her films have been screened at festivals such as Sundance, Berlin and Annecy and she has received awards for her shorts at film festivals in Chicago, Rio de Janeiro, Brussels, Abu Dhabi, Fredrikstad and Baden, among others.

The Burden is produced by Kalle Wettre of Malade AB, with support from the Swedish Film Institute’s former short-film commissioner Andreas Fock.

Niki Lindroth von Bahr is a trained scenographer, and creates the props for her own films. In addition she created the puppets in Johannes Nyholm’s Las Palmas, which was screened at Quinzaine des Réalisateurs in 2011.

The Burden has also been invited to the world’s leading animation festival, Annecy, in June.

A few of the Swedish films to have screened in Quinzaine des réalisateurs throughout the years include The Here After by Magnus von Horn (2015), Kung Fury by David Sandberg (2015), Play by Ruben Östlund (2011), Killing the Chickens to Scare the Monkeys by Jens Assur (2011), The Guardian Angel by Suzanne Osten (1990), Giliap by Roy Andersson (1975) and Duet for Cannibals by Susan Sontag (1969).

It was furthermore announced last week that Julia Thelin’s short film Push It will compete for a Short Film Palme d’Or at the up-coming festival.