The three Swedish directors Alexander Rynéus, Malla Grapengiesser and Per Bifrost has created an atmospheric and moving documentary where fables and everyday realism are mixed and anchored with humour. The cinematic film, ‘Giants and The Morning After’, is about responsibility, the love for a small community and the important sense of belonging, in a time where the distance between the countryside and the city are getting bigger by the day. The story is evocative and elegantly captured. The World Premiere of the film was held at CPH:DOX on March 19.
What triggered your inspiration to make the documentary?
Malla – The idea to the film started long time ago, i was brought up in this place and wanted to embrace and catch what a small community is like, what it generates, symbolise and how it expresses itself. I started to work with Per Bifrost and Alexander Rynéus 2011 and we have finished two projects together, me as producer and they as directors. As we all know, film processes takes time, with lots of discussions, lots of decisions to be made and you get know each other very well in taste, preferences, values and so on. So i felt them as perfect partners making this film together. So summer 2013 we went all to Ydre and from then on started a very crooked, squiggly creative exploring process with endless discussions about countryside, what it is and what it is not, how the countryside often is described and big issue of depopulation of the countryside. But all this mixed with nature mystic, forest scenes, fables and how to present the place and the moments in Ydre. From the beginning it has been very clear for us that the film is as much about the place as about the people.
How would you describe the work process when shooting the film?
Malla – It has been a very enjoyable experience and quite strange moments sometimes when shooting the film. Suddenly we got aware of how normal it started to become for us talking about Giant Bule and the primeval cow as they were for real! Our hunt for ordinary moments with a slight twist evoked rather suspicious comments among our characters, the most common questions was, “what are you doing”, “are you here again” and they started to wonder if this was going to be a 13 hours film. As time passed Per and Alexander started to know more people in Ydre then in their home village.
Your film is one of 12 films nominated in CPH:DOXs main competition Dox:Award 2018, what are your thoughts and expectations about that?
Malla – It’s for us fantastic that our film which is about a small unknown place in Sweden with focus on big life in small moments has made all it’s the way to the main competition! Our big wishes is that people will enjoy the film and that there are elements of recognition about longing, belonging and the humor of life. We are so happy to be here at CPH:DOX.
Wed. 21/03, 12:00, Dagmar, Tickets
Sat. 24/03, 21:30, Dagmar, Tickets