Documentary Films | 2018 | 76 minutes
SIFF Says:Director Cecilia Björk has created an arresting visual time stamp of society and democracy in her feature film debut, A GOOD WEEK FOR DEMOCRACY. Shot over three years during Sweden’s famous annual summertime political-fest known as Almedalen Week, Björk set out to chronicle the pride of Swedish democracy in its most dense microcosm where anything goes and the candidate with the loudest presence wins. Looking for new images of politics, beyond the live broadcasts and sensational headlines, Björk asked, “How is society formed by the images media creates?” as she trained her camera on the performance aspect of politics when media attention is the currency of the day. Employing a less-is-more approach, Björk’s minimalistic style is at once both critical and humorous. allowing her subjects to speak for themselves through actions instead of sound bytes, entertainment instead of format, and popularity rather than punditry. A shockingly raw examination of modern democracy, A GOOD WEEK FOR DEMOCRACY was produced in collaboration with Producers Axel Danielson and Maximilien Van Aertryck of Plattform Produktion (THE SQUARE, Cannes Palm D’Or Winner, 2017, FORCE MAJEURE, 2014). A GOOD WEEK FOR DEMOCRACY is a SIFF New Works-in-Progress Forum 2017 documentary.
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