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Movie review: Wild and beautiful in the Season

Kvidinge. The hinterland. A slightly less-this article is about the part of sweden than Österlen, where the galleries and surdegsbagerierna crammed with hipsterpizzabagarna in every bush. Here, in the heart of the heavily industrialized Swedish agricultural sector, the filmmaker and artist John Skoog have carved out a private poetic landscape which he constantly returns to.

In Skoog's first longer film, it is summer. Feral cattle (!) stryker in skogsbrynen. A ferry loaded with Polish migrant workers arriving at a large farm, or should I say kofabrik. Children bathed in tjärnmörka water. An old man remembers a helicopter ride over the village in the 50's. A guy returns home to a summer job with the harvest, and the super himself wasted with the friends that don't directly show themselves to be loyal.

to the tune of ”No stopping us now” with the Black Jack. Other pressure washers away rivers of rinnigt kobajs. A Polish young man becomes forced a peppig lesson in the love of their countrymen. ”You must not be a bleak Polish romantics,” they say. The young man, protesting quietly, ”I already have a girlfriend.” But the other is not listening. Swedes are out in the halvmörka the summer and chasing the killer slugs in the garden with the headlamps.

”Season” is a string of uncommented listings and short scenes. A hybridfilm that goes around and collects a range of mood, moods and state of mind rather than to point out any clear direction. Field moves Skoog's film in a similar landscape as the socialrealistiskt romantic ”the strawberry” (2017) where a young guy who has followed her migrantföräldrar come close to a Swedish girl of the same age.

But the ”Season” - produced by the company Platform, which among other things is behind ”The square” - is significantly less confrontational. The political discourse about class and alienation, which is immersed in the flowing images, is but a quiet undercurrent. John Skoog's quietly intense narrative in the point of intersection between the anecdotal and the essäistiska seems to want to find the point of contact between people, rather than dividing lines.

it refines and connects the film's a bit sprawling themes and highlights the ”Season” to the position of the year so far beautiful film. The photographer Ita Zbroniec-Zajt learn already have their third guldbagge nomination in the bag (she won for ”Yarden” as the first female photographer, and has also been nominated for ”My aunt in Sarajevo”).

Her image is saturated, full of equal parts of emerald green skogsdunkel, golden, grain, muddy housing of pigs list and shiny milking robots, all the time freeze and the copy in memory.

See more. Three other cross-border Swedish film about life outside the big cities: ”Greetings from the woods” (2009), ”small Town” (2017), ”the Events from Ydre” (2018).

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Read more: Award-winning director John Skoog: ”We tried to make a film that just is a condition.”

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