Projects

PROJECTS

LYUBOV (love in Russian)

 

A film about the innermost elements of love, created by Staffan Julén and the Belorussian author Svetlana Alexievich, winner of the 2015 Nobel Prize in Literature .

 

The film is an intricate tapestry of interwoven stories that express the essence of love, the byzantine paths it can take, and its power to survive, even in the most desperate circumstances. But it also sings of madness, pain, longing and emptiness in a harsh reality that values people by status and money.

 

As the chasm widens between East and West, the film also enters a cultural space that a Western audience would otherwise not be able to access. Some characters recur while others, as in Aleksijevitj’s books, shuffle the cards to provide contrast or illuminate connections. Poetic imagery lets the viewer rest in the stories which, as they cumulate and resonate, reveal the soul of a people.

 

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STAY REAL

 

A documentary film about three former lifetime inmates in San Quentin State Prison, who in 1988, performed in the Swedish director Jan Jönson’s production of Samuel Beckett’s Waiting for Godot.

 

After serving from 30 to 34 years in prison, three of the inmates who acted in “Godot” were recently released. But their freedom raises questions. One of them, “Happy”, put it this way: - It took me 25 years to finally meet Godot. I met him when I left the prison but sometimes I hate being out here. That’s quite deep to say, after 33 years in prison. The film will follow the three men’s struggle to adjust to normal life, but mainly focus on the impact the Godot play had on their lives. One dream is to once again play Waiting for Godot. This time outside the prison.

 

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