A film by Sara Broos Documentary 80 min
The director takes her mother Karin Broos, a famous Swedish painter, on a seaside trip to Latvia, hoping to close the silent gap between them. Out of this experience came an intimate and poetic film exploring the innermost rooms of the human mind and the complexities of the mother-daughter relationship.
The younger and the aging woman mirroring each other's experiences – the will to live, and lack thereof. In a meditation on life and art, health and illness, secrets and shame, serenity and nightmare. A cinematic catharsis through evocations of daily life, dreams, archival material, diary notes, the mother’s paintings and captivating footage. A glimpse into the unconventional world of an artistic family in the countryside of Nordic Europe, set to a soundtrack that totally draws you into the story.
I brought my mother to a Spa Resort in Latvia for her 60th birthday. It was our first trip together alone. This would be the time when we would get closer and open up to each other. Everything was arranged to that; the place was lovely, there was time. But a forced silence arised and nothing was said. Instead we escaped into our own worlds. My mother, who is an artist, was looking for motives for new paintings. After the trip I decided to make a film about our relationship, to try to get closer to her. The result is a poetic and personal journey about memories, dreams, the subconsious, the sorrows, shame, ageing, self – hatred. Fragments of life. The attempt to hold on to something, while everything is in constant change.
Written, directed, edited and produced by Sara Broos
Cinematographer Billie Mintz, Hampus Linder, Sara Broos
Music Pelle Ossler
Dramaturg, 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, Sällskapet.
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
There´s a crack, a crack in everything.
That´s how the light gets in (L. Cohen).
2 November 20.00
Passage Kinos Dok Leipzig
6 November 14.00
Schaubühne Lindenfels Dok Leipzig
Theatrical Release Sweden
Distributor: TriArt Film
7 August 2016
Tempo Documentary Award Competition
February 2016 Gothenburg Film Festival
Dragon Award Best Nordic Documentary
First Hand Films
The Swedish Film Institute
Kouzi Productions, Dimitra Kouzi
”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.”