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Violence against women in Nilsson’s film

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Domestic violence and urban brutality lie at the heart of Swedish filmmaker Anders Nilsson’s drama in three episodes, When Darkness Falls, which won the Amnesty International Film Prize at the latest Berlinale and is being released in Italy by Teodora on April 30 on 20 screens.

Nilsson, 45, is essentially a director of crime stories and shot these stories based on true episodes just like a thriller "in the style of Alfred Hitchcock, from the point of view of the victims," says the director, in Rome to present his film. "I came to understand, in discussions with my producer and co-screenwriter Joakim Hansson, that the scariest things are not wars, diseases, serial killers or monsters. What scares people most is the threat that comes from their families, parents, loved ones".

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A fear that is backed by the statistics: in Sweden, it appears that 50% of women are hit by a family member at least once in their lives, while in Europe at least 1/3 of all women have been subjected to domestic violence and 70% of all rapes are perpetrated by partners or former partners, and only 6% by strangers.

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(Translated from Italian)

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