Swedish Granny’s Dancing on the Table in San Sebastian’s New Directors
by Jorn Rossing Jensen
- While Denmark works in the kitchen, French director Pierre Deschamps’ Norma – My Perfect Storm will screen in the festival’s Culinary Zinema
Two features will represent Swedish cinema at the 63rd San Sebastian International Film Festival, which runs between 18-26 September. Hanna Sköld’s second feature, Granny’s Dancing on the Table [+see also:
film profile], will compete in the New Directors section, while Magnus von Horn’s first film, The Here After [+see also:
interview: Magnus von Horn
film profile], will screen in the Zabaltegi-Open Zone.
Scripted by Sköld and produced by Helene Granqvist and Klara Björk for DoDream, Granny’s Dancing on the Table follows a 13-year-old girl, Eini, who grows up with her violent father, isolated from society. The brutality she endures threatens her sense of self– yet, through an unshakable fantasy, she is able to create a world within, from which she draws the strength to survive.
With its world premiere in Directors’ Fortnight in Cannes, Poland-based von Horn’s successful debut feature, The Here After, stars Swedish pop artist Ulrik Munther in his first film role, as a 17 year-old boy who returns home from prison to live with his father. He is looking forward to starting his life afresh, but the local community has neither forgotten nor forgiven his crime. Zentropa Sweden’s Madeleine Ekman and Mariusz Wlodarski, of Poland’s Lava Films, staged the Swedish-Polish-French co-production.
Meanwhile, Denmark will perform kitchen duty in the festival’s Culinary Zinema sidebar with French director Pierre Deschamps’ Norma – My Perfect Storm: a full-length documentary about Danish cook René Redzepi and his restaurant, Copenhagen’s Noma, which has two Michelin stars and was voted the world’s best (by World’s 50 Best) in 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2014. In 2013, it was voted second place.
“In the last four years, Deschamp was a witness to some of my happiest and most difficult professional moments. I am happy that his film shows these in a way that is both honest and profound. I have never seen a film about a chef like this before,” declared Redzepi, who ”plays with wilderness and interprets a forgotten edible world into a culinary language we all understand.”
The Etta Thompson Deschamps production for UK’s Documentree Films, with Red Rental A/S and Good Rolling Films, will be released in France by Paris-based Jour2Fête. Denmark’s TrustNordisk has also licensed the film to Germany, Austria (NFP), Benelux (September Film), Korea (Atnine Film) and Japan (Longride Inc.), with several other countries in negotiation.