Swedish Presence at the Sundance Film Festival

Feature-length documentary Pervert Park, by Frida and Lasse Barkfors, is ready for the Sundance Film Festival. The film will be competing in the World Cinema Documentary Competition. Moreover, two Swedish short films have been selected to compete in the Shorts Competition: Simhall by Niki Lindroth von Bahr andStoerre Vaerie (Norra Storfjället) by Amanda Kernell.
Pervert Park in Florida has become a refuge for convicted sex offenders who are trying to find some kind of a way back. Photo: Lasse Barkfors

Pervert Park is Frida and Lasse Barkfors’s feature debut.

“This is great for us personally, but above all we’re glad that the film is receiving attention in the US. We hope it can bring about a renewed, more nuanced debate about sexual assault,” say Frida and Lasse Barkfors, the film’s directors.

The two short films, part of the one single per cent of all submitted films to be selected, are a festival veteran and a world premiere respectively.

Simhall, by Niki Lindroth von Bahr, has enjoyed a tremendous festival tour including Abu Dhabi, AFI, Melbourne, Edinburgh and Chicago. The film had its international premiere in Annecy, the world’s leading animated film festival.

Stoerre Vaerie (Norra Storfjället), by Amanda Kernell, will have its world premiere at Sundance. The film is about Sami woman Elle, who refuses to acknowledge her origins, and her son who tries to change her mind.

The Sundance Film Festival takes place 22 January to 1 February 2015.


– Press Release from the Swedish Film Institute

Emma Vestrheim

Emma Vestrheim is the editor-in-chief of Cinema Scandinavia. Originally from Australia, she is now based in Bergen, Norway, and attends major Nordic film festivals to conduct interviews and review new films.