Jimmie

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    Jimmie

    Directed by

    Sweden, Austria, Croatia

    2018

    91 min

    • German
    • Croatian
    • Swedish

    Drama

    Jimmie is four years old. His father assures him that he will see his mother, who has suddenly disappeared, again. Jimmie believes him; what toddler wouldn’t? Even when his nice life in Stockholm disintegrates even more, Jimmie continues to cling to the promises. To an adult’s hand, a friendly face, and his trusty cuddly toy. In his fourth feature, Jesper Ganslandt shows with great assurance and empathy how a child tries to survive in times of desperation and loss. Jimmie, with his long blonde hair and hip Fjällräven rucksack, is forced to flee Sweden in search of a secure future. The journey is long and hazardous. The question "What if it happened to us?" underpins the impressionist film Jimmie; with a simple reversal, Ganslandt brings the refugee crisis horribly close to Western European audiences. But this film also transcends its strong concept and is primarily a compelling, fascinating drama, superbly acted by Ganslandt himself and his young son Hunter.

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    Cast
    Jesper Ganslandt
    Hunter Ganslandt
    Christopher Wagelin
    Anna Littorin
    Marita Fjeldheim Wierdal
    Ellen Sarri Littorin
    Screenplay
    Jesper Ganslandt
    Cinematography
    Måns Månsson
    Editing
    Jesper Ganslandt
    Magnus Svensson
    Music
    Jon Ekstrand
    Production
    FASAD AB
    Jesper Ganslandt

    Jesper Ganslandt

    Sweden

    The film should not say 'please love me and please feel all this feeling', it should be very open and you step into it if you want to. Then, when people hopefully have stepped into it, then, you can grab them. I find it very fascinating and amusing.

    Jesper Ganslandt was born in Falkenberg, Sweden. He is a self-taught filmmaker who has worked in music video, television and film. His features FALKENBERG FAREWELL (06) and THE APE (09) both screened at the Toronto Film Festival. He is also the co-director of the documentary feature THE FILM I'M NO LONGER TALKING ABOUT (09). His latest film is BLONDIE (12).

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