Fur Hats, car crashes and cartridge cases in Tempo 2017!

Many of the films in this year’s program will have their premiere screening in Sweden, including Dream Empire by David Borenstein, The Man Who Saw Too Much by Trisha Ziff and The Land of the Enlightened by Pieter-Jan De Puec. These directors are some of the international guests. Hot radio documentaries in Sound Sauna at the Finland Institute, photo exhibition, conversations and a record number of seminars and much more are also part of the festival between 6 to 12 March. You can find the entire program here.

As the main theme of this year’s festival is (un)truth there is room for a wide range of documentary storytelling – everything from classic portraits films to grand tableaux and hybrids are represented.

This year’s poster image is from the documentary Dream Empire by David Borenstein. The film’s main character is 24-year-old Yana, who runs a business to attract people to move to newly built cities in China, cities with huge complex of skyscrapers and shopping malls. To make the apartments more attractive to domestic potential buyers, she hires people that are  born outside of China to participate in the sale. But what is true, what is actually true in their performances – and does it really matter?

In the acclaimed The Man Who Saw Too Much by Trisha Ziff, we meet 82-year-old Mexican photographer Enrique Metinidis, who devoted his entire life to take photographs of car crashes, murders and fires. When the quiet  Enrique is portrayed his professional life is connected with the current situation for photographers, magazines and contemporary galleries – where the individual tragedy is often exploited.

The Land of the Enlightened by Pieter-Jan De Pue is a so-called hybrid documentary that unfolds on the expanses of the inaccessible Kunardalen in Afghanistan, destroyed by the war. The film follows closely a group of young guys on horsebacks taking over the area when the American soldiers leave. They rob, bargain and sell weapons, old grenades and opium despite their young age.

In The Borneo Case by Erik Pauser and Dylan Williams it is summed up what happened on the island of Borneo after the multinational incorporations increasing depredations, after the first big dams construction and after that corruption has reached alarming levels. An important film about global impoverishment and exploitation. But there are also people who believe and fight.

Cheer Up is a Finnish-Canadian production directed by Christy Garland. She follows a cheerleading team in Rovaniemi, near the Finnish Arctic Circle, where the road to success in the sport seems to be long. The film shows up close what life is like for some of the team’s young women, who are entering the adult world, and the portraits of them echoes of both sadness and joy.

Tempo also shows more than ten documentaries in the section Music & Arts, with several Swedish premieres such as Dancer, a film about the Russian prodigy Sergei Polunin, and Raise Your Arms and Twist, a film about  a Japanese hyper-popular girl pop group.  There will also be world premiere for the film The Radical sloyds man by Åse Fougner & Otto Degerman, a Swedish artist who goes his own way.

Welcome to this year’s Tempo 2017, which will be the 18th in order!

Leave a Reply