24th Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival
Kiruna – A Brand New World
Apocalyptic depiction of an area literally engulfed by the mining industry is presented in this documentary that observes the eponymous northern Swedish city, part of which was abandoned due to activities in the nearby iron mine. The mining company’s management decided not to halt profitable mining activities and instead made the decision to move the residents of the threatened district. Using footage shot in the city inside the Arctic Circle and directly in the mines, the director has uncovered subtle film imagery, and using the stories of three protagonists now living in a bizarre inter-time, imaginatively addresses the topics of resettlement, tradition, and respect for a particular location.
“The dystopian story of Kiruna is about lost people looking for a home in an uprooted city. It shows the dark side of the advanced society, whether in Sweden or the Czech Republic.” G. Stocklassa
biographyCzech-Swedish director Greta Stocklassa (1993) studies documentary filmmaking at FAMU. She garnered attention with her short student films, studies of an artificial aortic valve Metal on Metal (2017) and a parade of postcards for International Women’s Day Views of Věra Bechyňová (2015), which was screened at the Visions du Reel festival along with her feature debut Kiruna.
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|producer:||Veronika Kührová, Michal Kráčmer, Ondřej Šejnoha, Alena Müllerová, Tomáš Srovnal, Ludvík Bohadlo, Markéta Pášmová, Čestmír Vančura|