67. Venice Film Festival, International Critics’ Week Award; São Paulo International Film Festival 2010, Best Actress and Best Fiction Film
A happy family on a holiday morning. The young mother, Leena, suddenly receives a phone calling warning that her mother has been hospitalized and is in a very serious condition. Against her will, the husband decides to take her to visit the woman, together with their two little daughters.
For Leena it is the beginning of a painful inner journey that forces her to recall the forgotten past that she had removed through impressive willpower.
PERNILLA AUGUST (Stockholm, 1958)
Discovered by Ingmar Bergman who chose her for Fanny and Alexander in 1982, ten years later she won the Golden Palm for Best Actress at the Cannes Film Festival for The Best Intentions, a film written by Bergman and directed by her second husband, Bille August. She has also worked for television and theater, winning a British Drama Magazine Award for Best Supporting Actress in Hamlet. She has acted in many classic works at the Swedish National Theater.
In 2005 she directed the short film Time-Bomb. Svinalängorna is his debut feature film.
When I started working on this film I thought that the obvious theme was “growing up in an abusive family”. A story about how terribly difficult it can be to be poor, come from another country and be unable to master the language. But as I got deeper into the story it struck me that it would be more interesting to combine the childhood story with a contemporary tale about adult Leena. Together they tell a story of self-deception, lying to yourself and the people around you. This is the story I wanted to tell and how you reach your resolution and how you can move on in life despite your past. (Pernilla August)