Archive of films Schoolyard Blues / Skolstartssorg

2016, 17 min

Section: Future Frames: Ten New Filmmakers To Follow
Year: 2017

The first day of school is generally a happy occasion full of expectation, but little John experiences it somewhat differently. His 11-year-old brother Mika unexpectedly turns up to help him with the challenges he’ll have to face in the coming years. They have a different kind of family, and Mika does everything he can to prevent it from affecting his little brother.


For John, the first day of school isn’t the same as for the other kids whose parents accompany them and arrange everything. The young boy’s only support is his 11-year-old brother Mika who turns up unexpectedly with somewhat clinical “instructions for school” to help John overcome the challenges he’ll face in the coming years. Carefree childhood is ending and adult responsibilities are rushing in too fast. Schoolyard Blues ushers us into an environment where kids become little adults, and their world is much crueler and more complicated than we could ever imagine.

Anna Purkrábková

About the director

Maria Eriksson (b. 1986) is a Swedish filmmaker. She completed her master’s in film direction at the Stockholm Academy of Dramatic Arts. In the past decade, she has shot several short films that have been selected to screen at festivals around the world. While still at school she took up the challenge of working with child actors, gaining knowledge she then used in her graduation work Schoolyard Blues (2016) and her thesis Directing Children.


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Maria Eriksson


About the film

Color, DCP
European premiere

Section: Future Frames: Ten New Filmmakers To Follow
Director: Maria Eriksson
Screenplay: Pelle Rådström
Dir. of Photography: Erik Molberg Hansen
Music: Shida Shahabi
Editor: Alexandra Litén
Art Director: Pia Wallin
Producer: Farima Karimi
Production: KARIMI FILM
Coproduction: Stockholm Academy of Dramatic Arts
Cast: Douglas Steyner, Olle Frelin
Contact: Swedish Film Institute, Maria Eriksson


Maria Eriksson

Film Director

Pelle Rådström


Theo Tsappos

Film Institution Rep.


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