Snow falls and covers the ground. An elderly woman walks towards her house. Lena and Gunvall are a retired couple living in the quiet countryside of Sweden. Their house is slowly but steadily dilapidating. Repairs are on hold for good, and the garden is left to tend itself. Still, there’s no use leaving.
Shot in stylish blacks and whites, sometimes tinted with humour, the film abides with the couple and watches them cook, meet old friends and lament on the green party for not understanding rural life. Sometimes just being quiet and drinking beer in the backyard is enough. The relationship of the elderly couple, and the shared life they lead, firmly ground the film in place. Gracefully it also brings to the fore subdued and overbearing grief, which, in the end, reaches surprising intensity.
Ute på Landet is the first feature length documentary by Swedish director Anders Jedenfors. He looked near for the film’s subject matter: Lena and Gunvall are his relatives. The documentary is a candidate for one of Sweden’s most important film awards, Guldbagge.
Text: Taina Vuokko / Translation: Tapio Reinekoski
Director Anders Jedenfors will be present at the screening.
- Director: Anders Jedenfors
- Country: Sweden, Finland
- Year: 2014
- Length: 61 min
- Age limit: S
- Format: DCP
- Cinematography: Anders Jedenfors
- Editing: Maja Borg
- Audio: Antti Haikonen, Erno Kumpulainen
- Production: Kalle Wettre / Malade, Mouka Filmi
- Andorra: Wednesday 28.1. at 21:00