special prize 2006 goes to... Mats Hjelm
Mats Hjelm has been awarded Filmform's special prize
for his elaborate documentary video works, which deals
with important issues with great thoughtfulness. Hjelm
began working with pictorial art in the 90's and today
he focuses mainly on video. Crucial to Hjelm's production
is the trilogy "White Flight" (1997), "Man
to Man" (2000) and "Kap Atlantis" (2002).
In the trilogy Hjelm uses his own filmed material as
well as his father's s, the documentary filmmaker Lars
Hjelm, who filmed the racial riots in Detroit 1968.
Decisive political events in history and condensed lyrical
pictures combined with biographical images testify of
power structures and simultaneously function as a confrontation
and reconciliation with the often absent father. In
a non-chronological, cyclical collage form, the different
dimensions create a complex and unified structure. A
few examples are:
"Deliverance" (2005), exhibited at The Museum
of National Antiquities and Father's Day at the Shrine
of the Black Madonna (2006), recently exhibited at The
Museum of Modern Art and also included in Filmform s
distribution project "Hit the North".
Filmform's special prize has been awarded to artists
and filmmakers since 1995. The prize goes to a person
who has distinguished his/her self in the field of art
and video. Previous prize winners are: Antonie Frank,
Gunvor Nelson, Olle Hedman, Magnus Wallin, Ann-Sofi
Sidén, Petra Lindholm, Kjartan Slettemark and
Date/time: 11 December,
6 - 8 pm
(This years special price is presented at 7pm.)
Svarvargatan 2, Stockholm
The North - No Longer The Same Place
Film and video programme: 63 min
Selection made by Anna Linder, producer, and Gunnel
Pettersson, member of the Filmform board.
If you speak about borders, such as Europe, it invites
reflections on that outside of the border, or moving
on it. The selection presents films investigating actual
and constructed borders. Journeys are made to geographical
places, inner landscapes through worlds of emotions.
Khaled D. Ramadan dedicates his film to the people
trapped in the identities of their countries of origin,
Lina Selander shows a landscape filmed during two nocturnal
journeys, where the extension in time is reduced and
only a meditative surface remains. In Reported Missing,
feelings of loss arise after what is left behind, while
Andrea Lange intensifies the movement in time and space
before the departure. Mai Hofstad Gunnes dismantles
the symbols of the city and the nation, and constructs
a fictitious prophecy. Jesper Fabricius uses sites under
construction as a starting point, the Icelandic landscape
and construction sites, and develops a poetry of images
within cinematographical language. Spoon Jackson transgresses
the borders of the prison walls with the help of poetry.
For more information: English (pdf)
För mer information: Svenska (pdf)
Date/time 11 October,
Filmhuset, Borgvägen 5
Avant 2006 - Film and video by Swedish and British artists
AVANT 2006 presents film and video by Swedish and British
artists. Focus is on screen art in general. This year's
retrospective presents Claes Söderquist's poetic
documentaries and early experimental work.
Invited speakers are: Lars Gustaf Andersson (Lund University),
David Curtis (London University of the Arts), Gunnel
Pettersson (University College of Arts Crafts and Design),
Patrik Sjöberg (Karlstad University), Gary Svensson
(Linköping University), Kari Yli-Annala (University
of Art and Design, Finland), Astrid Söderbergh
Widding (Stockholm University).
AVANT 2006 is also addressing this question: How to
depict a national history of the experimental moving
The event is free of charge.
Full programme in: english/swedish (Word-file)
Date/time 31 Aug -
Arenan (Bibliotekshuset), Västra Torggatan 1, Karlstad
Ticket bookings in
advance at: www.filmivarmland.se/avant
Inquires: Marcus Thell
+46 (0)54-700 11 96/ email@example.com
AVANT 2006 is a collaboration between Karlstad
University, The Värmland Regional Film Centre,
Filmform, and the City of Karlstad, with support from
presents: Old and New Classics
20 April 2006, 7 pm, Filmform at Cinemateket (the Cinematheque)
What characterizes a classic? How many years must pass,
before we can distinguish a classic? Who decides that
it is a classic? All the films in the programme can
be labelled classics, in different contexts. Diagonal
Symphony, because it was one of the few avant-garde
films made at the time and because it is the only film
by Viking Eggeling that is preserved. It is something
as rare as a piece of visual music. A Day in the City
by Pontus Hultén and Hans Nordenström, with
its pioneering, anarchistic humour has clearly passed
the test of time. General Rehearsal for Suicide by Åke
Karlung for its eccentricity and its allusions to the
art scene of the time. Gunvor Grundel Nelson’s
My Name is Oona is virtually unknown to the Swedish
audience, but has received cult status in the US. Marit
Lindberg’s Mikaela’s voice has been seen
by children and adults alike, and raises important issues
about vulnerability and belonging. We come full circle
with the minimalist work 27 Kilometer Drawing, where
Lina Selanders pays tribute to Viking Eggeling.
by Viking Eggeling, 1924, 8'
(Newly restored version)
A Day in the City
by Hans Nordenström, Pontus Hultén,
General Rehearsal for Suicide
by Åke Karlung, 1963, 3'
My Name is Oona by
Gunvor Grundel Nelson 1969, 10'
by Marit Lindberg, 1997. 11'
by Miss Universum 2001, 4’15’'
27 Kilometer Drawing
by Lina Selander 2002, 7'
Total length 62 minutes.
Subject to change.
Time: 20 April, 7
Filmhuset, Borgvägen 5
PARTY: Mårten Nilsson’s greatest hits
Filmform presents the experimental film makers who
provokes, entertains and always disturbs. To celebrate
the DVD-release there will be a party with guests such
as Hiorthøy, Henrik Vikman, Kenneth Cosimo and
Time: 27 February,
Location: The club
SEKT at Alcazar, David Bagares Gata 15
More info: www.sekt.nu
I T T H E N O R T H - N O R D I C F I L M A N D V I
D E O A R T
26 January 2006, 7 pm at Cinemateket, Stockholm
This program is a selection from the project Hit The
North. All films and videos will be presented during
the spring 2006 at Filmform's homepage.
Julio & Lupita
by Aurora Reinhard, Finland, 2004, 4:35 min
This dancefilm isn´t what it seems to be... after
a while it is really terrifying.
The Beauty of Powerful Argumentation
by Peter Land och Jeanette Land Schou, Denmark, 2005,
About violent reactions between two people trying to
by Roi Vaara, Finland, 1997, 4 min
Man facing a difficult choise. A performance for film.
by Liisa Lounila, Finland, 2003, 5:50 min
The third part of a trilogy (Popcorn / 2001, Flirt /
2002) using the time-slice technique. Time seems to
have stopped in a club, people are frozen in the middle
of their discussions and drinking.
by Lilibeth Cuenca Rasmussen, Denmark, 2005, 4 min
The artist is dancing and singing in this funny video.
The text is provoking and critical about mens eyes and
longings for exotism.
by Dodda Maggy, Iceland, 2004, 3:20 min
A girl takes off her pantyhose and shamefully covers
a big bruise. She caresses and peeks at it and finally
rubs it intensively in a sexual manner.
by Marius Mørch, Norway, 2001, 3:59 min
A video collage of manipulated classic horror-film footage.
The film shows women fleeing from evil to the sound
of Elvis Presley’s «Can’t help falling
in love» in an experimental juxtaposition of beauty
You Are My Loving Insane
by Egill Saebjörnsson, Iceland, 2001, 3:30 min
A musicvideo based on a story made up from the recordcover.
On the cover it was made a drawing with three items;
A small hairy creature with two eyes, a white deer and
a ghettoblaster. There was no meaning in putting those
three items together. Never the less Egill used this
image as a starting point for the video.
av HC Gilje, Norway, 2004, 5 min
Sunblind was intended as a track on a noise-video compilation
dvd which was supposed to come out in the US, but never
did. It is a collaboration with Montreal based musician
by Ane Lan, Norway, 2004, 4:01 min
A woman, dressed in traditional costume, is singing
a song in which she expresses her qualms about joining
the EU, hoping for a better future in solitude. Her
duplicate, on the contrary, is more than willing to
bargain away for a membership. But finally, after finding
something disturbing at the bottom of her dowry chest,
she realizes the true consequences of the membership.
At the Peak of Boredom
by Lotte Konow Lund, Norway, 2005, 2 min
In-At the Peak of Boredom the reference to painting
is clear, both in lightning and in the woman’s
resemblance to Edvard Munch´s Madonna- and of
course, At the Peak of Boredom- the scream.
by Mika Taanila, Finland, 2005, 6 min
Office technology becomes obsolete very quickly. Old
tools transform into musical Instruments of the future.
The film is based on the Symphony # 2 for Dot Matrix
Printers, composed by [The User].
by Thomas Hilland, Norway, 2002, 3:36 min
Musicvideo for the group Röyksopp.
We make reservations for changes.
Time: 26 January,
Filmhuset, Borgvägen 5
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