A film by Sara Broos ( Documentary, HD 58/80 min Sweden
Filmmaker Sara Broos invited her mother, the artist Karin Broos, on a holiday trip in connection with her 60th birthday. An attempt to get closer to each other which instead resulted in an intimate and personal film. About the complex relationship between mother and daughter, about depth and surface, about art and diseases, symbiosis and distance. Straight into man's innermost room and psyche, with dizzyingly beautiful photos and an enchanting soundtrack. Deepest seriousness and darkness mixed with humor and lightness through archive images, paintings, diary entries, everyday life and staged dreams.
What happens if you decide to deepen a relationship and really get to know the person closest to you. In this case, my own mother.
How close can you get? I went away with my mother, booked a weekend when we would talk about all the things we had not approached before. Our experiences of destructive adolescence, the sorrows and wounds we have never really dealt with. The place was beautiful and quiet. There was time. It was just us. But nothing was said. Instead, it became a business trip as we distanced ourselves from each other and fled into art.
When I got home from the trip, I thought about why it was so hard to go into the dark and how different we remember things. My mother wanted her daughters not to suffer from the same disease as her. But still I repeated the same pattern and our experiences are frighteningly similar.
I did not want to confront her. Do not blame. There are no traumas or conflicts between us. But a silence, that which has not been worked out. It is easy to hide behind a facade, an image on the outside of being "successful" but completely shattered inside. The talented girl who does everything to maintain the image, who carries a longing for death and a strong self-loathing. Sooner or later, things come to the surface. I decided to make a film, to try to get closer to her and the themes I want to explore with the help of the camera. I knew there was a lot of stuff, stories in her life that could serve as the basis for a movie. Karin uses me and my sisters as symbols or tools in her art.
Now I turn the camera towards her. In an attempt to give a language to experiences and memories that we have not approached before. I have a personal approach in my filming, whether it is about my own family or, as in my previous film Homeland, about a woman from Damascus who fled the war in Syria. I believe that the deeper you dare to go and the more personal and honest, the greater the chance that you will be able to reach others. Because we are basically so similar and carry the same desire, to be loved for who we are.
Written, directed, edited and produced by Sara Broos
Cinematographer Billie Mintz, Hampus Linder, Sara Broos
Music Pelle Ossler
Playwright, mentor Stefan Jarl
Project Manager SVT Emelie Persson
Sound Design Patrik Strömdahl
Sound Editing Christian Christensen
Additional camera Kristoffer Andrén, Tina Axelson, Benjamin Goss
Paintings Karin Broos
Graphic Design Greger Ulf Nilson
Grading Nanna Dalunde
Online Mattias Valenca
Visual effects Peter Mettler
Animation Esteban Rivera
Graphics Pier & Pepe Francescshi
Translation Ingrid Eng
Production Controller Jenny Örnborn
Head of Communication Ylva Swedenborg
Outreach Dimitra Kouzi
Lawyer Johan Christianson
Music Producer Christian Gabel
Additional Music Sissela Broos, Kriton Klingler, The Society.
Festival Distribution Sara Rüster / Swedish Film Institute
Sales First Hand Films / Gitte Hansen
Distribution Scandinavia Tri Art Film
Design Presskit David Levin
Produced by Broos Film
in co - production with SVT and Region Värmland
With support from The Swedish Film Institute / Cecilia Lidin &
The Swedish Arts Grants Committee
Swedish Cinema Premiere
Distributor: TriArt Film
September Nordic Panorama Malmö
Nordic Documentary Competition
11 August 13.30 Capitol Way Out West
7 August 2016
1 June 2016
March 8, 2016
Tempo Documentary Award Competition
1 February 2016 Gothenburg Film Festival
Dragon Award Best Nordic Documentary
First Hand Films
The Swedish Film Institute
There´sa crack, a crack in everything.
That's how the light gets in (L. Cohen).
The air is stifling. The windows cannot be opened. Still, the thin
curtains flutter, perhaps from a breeze somewhere. Down below we
see the beach and people like little dots. She puts away the camera.
We stand completely still and gaze out. The building moves like a ship,
we drift away, a bird flies straight into the glass. The light falls. The transparent red curtains like fire. The sun melts and disappears into the ocean. ”