Krister, a husband and father, wakes up to the consequences of a tragedy. He is a broken man, but not aware of it yet. Confronted with everyday reality, there is no place for escape and Krister is soon forced to face up to his actions.
The Ape is about the struggle to hold on to things around us already lost. The question arises. What is left, when the life you once had is completely gone?
JESPER GANSLANDT (Falkenberg, 1978)
Ganslandt moved from his home town of Falkenberg to Stockholm in 2000, and wrote the screenplay for his debut film Falkenberg Farewell (2006) as an expression for the strong longing, back to the childhood years of his hometown. The film was shown at film festivals around the world, including Toronto and Venice, won the FIPRESCI prize in Lisbon and was nominated for a number of Swedish Film Awards (Guldbagge).
He has also directed the short film Jesper Ganslandt’s 114th Dream (2008), the concert film Skinnskatteberg (2008) and the documentary The Film I’m No Longer Talking About (2009). The Ape is Ganslandts second feature.
For a long time I’d been playing with ideas that in some ways were reminiscent of the universe we created in Falkenberg Farewell, but that approach ran out of steam after awhile and I realized I couldn’t do that again, that it didn’t feel right anymore. I was in Malmö at the time, living at a hotel there, and was pretty lonely there in that little hotel room. For awhile I had been hounded by instances of the horrific—terrible and tragic and violent things that are happening in the world around us, which often only get a few column inches in the back of the newspaper. But I was also alarmed that we were expected to know about this, and read about it, and be horrified by it, but never required to put it into a human context. The thing The Ape started to be about was just one of these fantasies, one of them that upset and horrified me the most. (Jesper Ganslandt)