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STICKS AND STONES

by Martin Skovbjerg

synopsis

Simon’s stressed-out mother has moved the family from Copenhagen to Vesterby, a small town somewhere out in the sticks. Feeling alone and like an outsider, Simon is befriended by classmate Bjarke, a charismatic alpha male who seems to have it all: a huge house, wealthy father and a sexy, chilled-out mum. A seemingly anodyne school project sees the teenage boys mentally unleashed, employing increasingly daring and confrontational methods to probe beneath the veneer of calm in their local community and, in time, at home. Using surprising and challenging plot devices, Skovbjerg powerfully explores the impact of dysfunctional family dynamics within a fractured society. The superb camerawork and sound design create a sense of immediacy and claustrophobia, perfectly highlighting the troubling undercurrents of violence, dangerous sexuality and economic unease.

international title: Sticks and Stones
original title: Brakland
country: Denmark, Iceland
year: 2018
genre: fiction
directed by: Martin Skovbjerg
film run: 93'
screenplay: Christian Gamst Miller-Harris
cast: Jonas Bjerril, Vilmer Trier Brøgger, Sophia Andersen Martinussen, Patricia Schumann, Uffe Rørbæk Madsen, Peder Thomas Pedersen, Emma Sehested Høeg, Benjamin Kitter, Natalia Reyes, Laura Elíasdóttir
cinematography by: David Gallego
film editing: Sofie Marie Kristensen
art director: Albert Sanvig Madsen
music: Av Av Av
producer: Eva Jakobsen, Mikkel Jersin, Katrin Pors
co-producer: Cristina Gallego, Lilja Ósk Snorradóttir
production: Snowglobe, Pegasus Pictures
distributor: Reel Pictures
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