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Cannes-current Elin Övergaard: We want to create a new discussion around the integration

the Film, which won this year's ”Startsladden” at Gothenburg international film festival, takes place on an information session about a new residential worker-home for unaccompanied minor refugees. Meeting ends in chaos where the municipal spokesperson is speaking for deaf ears and no one listens to anyone else.

" It started with that I was on a meeting about a residential worker-home in the midst of the great wave 2015. I was blown away by the large crowd outside and to the charged atmosphere inside of the meeting – it was as if I saw the polarisation in front of my eyes. The municipality had already taken the decision and many of those who were there were frustrated and did not want to listen. The whole meeting was doomed to fail from the beginning and reflected the situation that prevailed in Sweden and Europe during this time. We hope that the film can create a discussion about integration, rather than sweep the issue under the carpet and deny that there are some problems. To exclude some parties in the debate have not worked. We hope that the film can be a starting point for a new kind of discussion.

" We started to transcribe real meetings on a residential worker-home and tested then the replicas, with Kristoffer Appelquist, Cecilia Milocco and the other actors. The important thing for us was to write a script that does not take a position, but instead portrays the entire spectrum of opinions in this matter. The end is totally open for interpretation. We have noticed that the audience interprets the end different depending on which background or opinion you have. In this way, we want to create debate about what actually happens in the film.

" It is, of course, huge. I was just speechless when I got to know that the film selected for Cannes. I have a little bias towards Cannes, and have heard many stories, but it will be interesting to see a world where women have to wear heels on the red carpet, haha. But the most important thing is that the movie gets the chance to reach out to a wider audience. The goal of the film is to reach out to a wide audience – far beyond the festivalkretsarna.

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