Blood Sisters

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    Blood Sisters

    Directed by

    Sweden, Ireland, Denmark, Finland, Norway, France

    2015

    83 min

    • Swedish

    Documentary

    Twins Julia and Johanna arrive in Malmö, Sweden, from Azerbaijan, carrying unspeakable emotional baggage. The inseparable sisters curl up beside each other at night, trying to fend off nightmares of abduction and abuse. They are survivors who have an unbreakable bond that transcends trauma, and a striking symbiosis that is beyond supportive. The siblings promise to always be there for one another, to never let anyone own them, and ink their intentions as tattoos. But when Julia decides to get married, one vow severs another and the young women fall out of copacetic communication. Their separation brings the past vividly back into the present and forces them to confront questions about who they are without the other. Are Johanna and Julia stronger together or apart? Blood Sisters is exceedingly successful at portraying the sisters’ inner lives—their intimacy and isolation, their strength and shame—through sublime cinematography that completely immerses the audience in the twin connection

    Festivals

    Credits

    Cinematography
    Kate McCullough
    Editing
    Erik Bäfving
    Music
    Rebekka Karijord
    Gustav Wall
    Sales
    TASKOVSKI FILMS LTD.
    Production
    MALIN ANDERSSON

    Press

    Gorgeously photographed and remarkably patient.

    Andrew Parker, Toronto Film Scene

    Unforgettable.

    June Chua, Rabble

    A beautifully restrained portait of a truly unbreakable bond.

    Kate Bradford, The Matinee

    Alexander Abaturov

    Alexander Abaturov

    Russia

    Alexander Abaturov was born in 1984 in Russia. After graduating from Gorki University, he became a journalist. In 2010, he obtained a Master Degree from the French documentary School in Lussas. In 2013, he made his first documentary, SLEEPING SOULS, selected in numerous festivals and awarded the Institut Français Prize at the Cinéma du Réel Festival. THE SON is his first feature length documentary.

    Selected Filmography

    Malin Andersson

    Malin Andersson

    Sweden

    Malin Andersson was born in Sweden and attended the Nordic School of Documentary film from 1994-96. Her work includes her debut film BELFAST GIRLS, setting up Solas Productions in Ireland, the film THE TRUTHTELLER and both the feature BLOOD SISTERS and the short it was based on. She is currently developing the feature film-project ALBION as producer.