Set in a near-future Sweden, where jobs are scarce, margins are tight and corporate profit trumps all, this timely hybrid film reveals a frighteningly all-too-recognisable economic dystopia. Sköld highlights the effects of the ruthless system on families, friendships and communities. All but a hair’s breadth away from homelessness, zero-hours contract workers squabble over shifts at the discount supermarket while store manager Eleni, a new mother forced to return to work too soon, frantically pumps breast milk in the staff toilets. Poignant and compellingly performed, the film’s vignettes are punctuated with animated sequences, inventively exposing the dehumanising and absurdly wasteful effects of capitalism. And yet, beyond the store, an ever-growing ‘underclass’ offers a sense of hope through sustainability and true community.
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Director: Ami-Ro Sköld
Producer: Lovisa Charlier
Cinematography: Hanna Högstedt
Screenplay: Ami-Ro Sköld
Editor: Patrik Forsell
Casting: Archana Khanna
Production design: Erika von Weissenberg
Costume design: Berivan Erdogan
Music: Giorgio Giampà
Cast: Eliza Sica, Daysury Valencia, Arbi Alviati, Eleftheria Gerofoka, Joshua Nicolas Sjöö, Isabelle Grill, Kristina Brändén Whitaker, Victor Iván, Fredrik Evers, Lana Chahto, Linda Hellström, Sabrin Jaja, Linda Faith, Marcus Standoft, Alisa Sofia Paulsen, Sarah Viktoria Engman
Film type: Feature
Language: Swedish, Russian
Production country: Sweden, Italy
Premiere: BFI London Film Festival 2022