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Documentary filmmaker zooms in kärlekskranka 90-talister in dejtingdjungeln

four years ago, she presented a portrait of the famous French dominatrixen Catherine Robbe-Grillet. ”Ceremony” depicted the odd sexlekarna between Robbe-Grillet and a younger woman who had been her personal property.

In the new documentary is Lina Maria Mannheimer curious about modern parningsbeteenden among Swedish 90-talister. ”Mating” is a charming, intimate and at times brutally honest study in how the young generation looks at relationships, sex and relationships.

" I wanted to find out what's happening around human relationships when they suddenly take place on an infinite, ultra-liberal, market. In the digital world you can meet anyone, anytime, anywhere – how do we relate to it? Lina Maria Mannheimer over a liquid breakfast of coffee, orange juice and a nimble yellow ingefärsshot.

the shooting was preceded by an open-ended researchperiod where she went around as a kind of social anthropologist in the whole of Sweden if djupintervjuade 40 young people on their dejtingvanor, sexbeteenden, views on relationships, two, marriage, family, livsdrömmar, etc.

According to the researchers, the rapid technological revolution that we are experiencing at the moment as transformative for the parningsbeteenden that when we humans became sedentary. Digital technology affects everything what the kids are doing, how they read, working, flirts, has sex – and it will, of course, affect our psychology and our brains in a way that we don't know, " says Lina Maria Mannheimer.

Photo: Jonas Lindstedt

chose to follow the two guinea pigs that have never lived in a world without fast broadband. ”Mating” revolves around 90-talisterna Naomi Carter and Edvin Kempe, who in the beginning of the movie sells itself in social media as ”Not the woman in your life” and ”Trophy husband”. In a year's time followed the Mannheimer their struggle in the darwinian dejtingdjungeln.

the Requirement was that the director would get full access to their accounts on social media, take advantage of their chat conversations and use the videos they themselves recorded. In addition, she made a candid Skype interviews with both of them every week.

" it was important For me to have two ”regular” kids who are not faced any major challenge in their lives. They complemented each other perfectly: Edvin loves to head out on an adventure, say yes and be completely transparent. Naomi is actually a rather introvert person, who threw himself into this because she got to extraverted, it has a lot more fun.

the Film received a completely new kind of charging when Naomi and Edvin themselves began dating each other after first having discussed the intimate feelings, love, sex and one night stand via the net. The bitwise recalls the ”Mating” of a sort of convoluted romantic comedy from reality.

" Mmm, when I went through the raw material at 200 hours, it was so clear that they had a very special chemistry and sparkled together. It was just about trying to find it and cut it out, " says Mannheimer, and reveals that they are still close friends who ”struggle with trying to build a relationship.”

Photo: Jonas Lindstedt

"I'm very impressed by their courage and ability to look inward and uncover their low motives, to look at themselves when they are the most heinous and unsympathetic," says Mannheimer, and continues:

– They have a far greater awareness of themselves than what we had when I was in the same age. I feel that the harsh environment on the dejtingsajterna also has made many want to be vulnerable, to feel real, to stand there with his heart in his hand, but to drown it in alcohol.

" Yes, it is a huge psychological challenge to all the time relate to all other human elevated staging of themselves. What is it to be genuine and authentic? And what is it that we perceive as high status, how they present themselves as an attractive person? says Mannheimer and refers to a large study from a sminkföretag which shows that young people devote an hour a week to take selfies.

– virtually everyone I interviewed talked about the phenomenon of ”ghosting” – that someone is trying to get in touch with ignoring us, though you see they are online and communicate with a lot of other people. Many I talked to said it gave a feeling that they are almost not counted as a human being. And it is a huge pain in this, " she says.

”Mating” of the English and French theatrical release on march 29, but appeared for the first time during the Göteborg international film festival, at the beginning of the year. Mannheimer says that the first appearance was magical:

– Afterwards, it emerged an elderly man and told me that Edvin had gotten him to think about his own manhood. Another woman said: ”I am Naomi, and my husband is Edvin”. It feels as if everyone from 18 to 90 can project their own lives on them, " says Mannheimer.

the process of ”Mating” has given her new insights as a documentary filmmaker.

" My last film, ”Ceremony”, were about extraordinary people in different ways. With ”Mating” I learned that any human being will be beautiful and exciting if they're talking about something that means something to them.

”Mating” (”Mating”) the English and French theatrical release on march 29 and is shown at Cph:dox, 23, 26 and 29 march.

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