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Image from The Raft. Photo: Fasad

Nine Swedish films at CPH:DOX

CPH:DOX in Copenhagen is one of the world's leading documentary film festivals and the complete program for 2018 was released last friday. A total of nine Swedish films will screen, six of which in competition. Two of the films, The Raft by Marcus Lindeen and Giants and the Morning After by Per Bifrost, Malla Grapengiesser and Alexander Rynéus, will have their world premiere at the festival in the main competition “DOX:AWARD”.

The Raft is a documentary about the anthropologist Santago Genové’s social experiment from the 70’s, when he launched a raft that would drift from the Canary Islands to Mexico with five women and six men on board. In the film, seven of the participants are reunited for the first time in 43 years in a film studio where an exact copy of the raft has been built. Their memories from the journey are interspersed with unique archival footage and tell the story of one of the most peculiar group experiments in history.

The film will have its world premiere at the festival and is directed by Marcus Lindeen. The reproduction of the raft that was exhibited at Centre Pompidou 2017 will be exhibited at Charlottenborg in Copenhagen during the festival.

Marcus Lindeen made his debut with Regretters, which was awarded a Guldbagge for Best Documentary 2011. Producer is Erik Gandini at the production company Fasad. The film has received a grant by the documentary film commissioner Cecilia Lidin  at the Swedish Film Institute.

Giants and the Morning After will also have its world premiere in the main competition at CPH:DOX. The film follows the inhabitants of the municipality of Ydre, which struggles with a decreasing population and represents a remarkable depiction of Sweden that takes place between myth and reality. The directors Per Bifrost, Malla Grapenguesser and Alexander Rynéus have previously collaborated on the documentaries Autonomous (2014) and Malmberget (2013). The film has received a grant by the documentary film commissioner Klara Grunning at the Swedish Film Institute and will open in Swedish cinemas on April 13th with distribution from Folkets Bio.

In NORDIC:DOX AWARD A Good Week for Democracy by Cecilia Björk is selected for competition. Producer is Axel Danielson and Maximilien Van Aertryck on Plattform Production, Maj Doris by Jon Blåhed, producer Göran Hedemalm at Massa Media and One Table Two Elephants by Jacob von Heland and Henrik Ernstson.

In NEW:VISION AWARD short film Cops are Actors by Tova Mozard is selected for competition.

In addition, Guldbagge-awarded Silvana by Mika Gustafson, Olivia Kastebring and Christina Tsiobanelis, IDFA-awarded The Deminer by Hogir Hirori will be screened along with JUCK [THRUST] by Olivia Kastebring and co-directors Julia Gumpert and Ulrika Bandeira which currently is also shown at the Berlin International Film Festival where it competes in the youth section Generation 14plus.

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