24th Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival
director: Mikel Cee Karlsson
original title: Fraemling
running time: 99 min.
synopsisMikel, director of the film, along with the protagonist Mathias, are childhood friends, nevertheless due to the time that has elapsed, the former finds that he knows hardly anything about the latter. The mad circumstances leading up to a fatal twist in their lives makes them shoot a documentary reconstruction about the process that turns into a very personal portrayal of a man who was made to live a double life against his will, the border between each one of them being as thin as a line drawn between victim and perpetrator in a ruthless criminal underworld. More than to the criminal plot though, attention is turned to stubborn attempts of a person dragged down by a spiral of serious problems while being able to wear a mask of seemingly happy and steady life.
biographyMikel Cee Karlsson (1977) is a Swedish filmmaker: before Fraemling, he made documentaries Hälsningar från skogen (2009) and The Extraordinary Ordinary Life of José González (2010). He also directs music videos, e.g. for Fever Ray or José González, among others.
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