Screening & Live Event
Thursday, March 12, 2020, 8:00 p.m.
Museum of the Moving Image - Redstone Theater
Preceded by 2008
With John Skoog and Blake Williams in person
Dir. John Skoog. Sweden. 2019, 71 mins. In Polish and Swedish with English subtitles. Aron Skoog, Agnieszka Podsiadlik, Billie Åstrand, Gitt Persson, Grzegorz Falkowski, Artur Krajewski, Mateusz Wieclawek. At once communal and personal, patiently observational and cinematically inventive, Ridge sees debut filmmaker John Skoog encountering and collaborating with the small southern Swedish community of his childhood. Over the course of a summer, we encounter farmers, tourists, migrant workers, young video gamers, and drunks, all comprised from among a constant mix of real-life neighbors, performers, and the director’s own family members. Skoog’s choices are uniquely his, emergent from this time and place and supported by a tone—deadpan, reserved, grayly comedic, somewhat ominous—that is also sui generis. Nevertheless, there is a sense of craft at play, of framing and color and movement, of contrapuntal subterranean sound, that cannot help but call to mind the very masters of the form. Winner of the 2019 CPH: DOX Grand Jury Prize. U.S. premiere.
Preceded by 2008 (Dir. Blake Williams. Canada. 2019, 12 mins.) “Pictures of blooming cherry blossoms, radiant color fields, and domestic miscellany are re-photographed off the screen of an obsolete televisual device. Images rise ever upward, the left greets the right, and a new season arrives, telling an impressionistic story of transition, unity, and companionship.”—BW
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