Archive of films Stockholm My Love / Stockholm My Love
Sweden / United Kingdom
2016, 88 min
Section: Another View
This multilayered metropolitan symphony is, at once, a music film, a love letter to the city, an intimate study of grief, and an urbanistic essay. Architect Alva (Neneh Cherry) doesn’t make it to her class, instead choosing to stroll through the city while her contemplation of her surroundings mingles with her own memories of the most traumatic experience of her life.
A unique figure of contemporary cinema, Cousins has now shifted techniques applied in his last feature-length work I Am Belfast (2015) in the direction of feature film. This multilayered variation on the metropolitan symphony is at once a music film, a love letter to the city, an intimate study of guilt, and an urbanistic essay. A Swedish architect never makes it to her class; instead she strolls through the city, while her reflections on the topic of her lecture mingle with memories of the most traumatic experience of her life. For her, the city is a place where the individual confronts order. At first Stockholm appears as a constricting form, yet it then manifests itself as a space where people seek happiness and revel in their little joys. Singer Neneh Cherry performs her acting debut here, and Stockholm is captured through the lens of Christopher Doyle (I Am Belfast, The Limits of Control, Hero, Ondine, most recently Endless Poetry). Apart from songs by Neneh Cherry, the soundtrack also features music by Benny Andersson (ABBA) and by 19th century Swedish composer Franz Berwald.
About the director
Mark Cousins (b. 1965, Belfast) is a Northern Irish filmmaker, writer, curator, film critic, and traveller living in Scotland. His feature debut The First Movie (2009) won the Prix Italia. On the world stage, Cousins is best known for The Story of Film: An Odyssey (2011), which was presented at numerous festivals, including KVIFF 2012. He has written works on cinema: The Story of Film (2004), Imagining Reality: The Faber Book of Documentary (with Kevin Macdonald, 2006), and Widescreen: Watching Real People Elsewhere (2008). He and Tilda Swinton head up the 8½ Foundation, whose mission is to broaden kids’ cinematic horizons with movies from around the world. Other films by Cousins screened at KVIFF: What Is This Film Called Love? (2012), A Story of Children and Film (2013), Life May Be (co-dir. Mania Akbari, 2013), and I Am Belfast (2015), which competed in the Documentary Film Competition.
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About the film
|Screenplay:||Mark Cousins, Anita Oxburgh|
|Dir. of Photography:||Christopher Doyle, Mark Cousins|
|Music:||Neneh Cherry, Ben Page, Cameron McVey, Mark Cousins|
|Producer:||Anita Oxburgh, Mary Bell, Adam Dawtrey|
|Production:||Migma Film AB|
|Coproduction:||Bofa Productions Limited|
|Contact:||Bofa Productions Limited|