Maggie in Wonderland

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    Maggie in Wonderland

    Maggie vaknar på balkongen

    Directed by

    • Ester Martin Bergsmark, Mark Hammerberg, Maggie Andersson

    Finland, Sweden

    2008

    72 min

    • Swedish

    Documentary

    Maggie in Wonderland is a tender portrait of Maggie, which takes us on a journey of humour and sadness through Swedish everyday life. Maggie always co-ordinates high heels with a beret, and she loves gold. She lives on the 15th floor in one of Malmö’s suburbs. Her balcony is littered with reminders of her previous life. Under a golf bag, next to a racing ticket from 1999, are the remains of a pigeon that she killed when she couldn’t sleep.

    Awards

    • Best European Documentary - Doc Alliance
    • Best Swedish Documentary - Guldbagge Awards

    Credits

    Cast
    Beatrice Andersson
    Screenplay
    Ester Martin Bergsmark
    Mark Hammarberg
    Editing
    Anne Hovad Fischer
    Music
    Sami Sänpäkkilä
    Production
    SILVEROSA FILM
    Production
    RUT FILM
    Ester Martin Bergsmark

    Ester Martin Bergsmark

    Sweden

    I want to challenge how we perceive things that we take for granted by pointing the camera in directions the audience didn´t know they could look at.

    Ester Martin Bergsmark’s (1982, Sweden) filmography includes SWALLOW IT (2007) and MAGGIE IN WONDERLAND (2008), both made in collaboration with Mark Hammarberg. The latter was awarded the prize for Best European Documentary at 2009 Doc Alliance and a Guldbagge (Swedish Oscar) for Best Swedish Documentary. Bergsmark then went on to direct their own work: FRUITCAKE (2010) is part of the experimental feminist porn suite Dirty Diaries (2009) and SHE MALE SNAILS (2012) won the Audience Award, Prize for Best Cinematography and Honorary Mention for Best Nordic Film at the Göteborg International Film Festival. Their latest feature film, SOMETHING MUST BREAK (2014), was awarded the 2014 Hivos Tiger Award at International Film Festival Rotterdam. The film also wrote history when the main actress Saga Becker was the first trans woman to receive a Guldbagge for Best Actress. Bergsmark is a graduate of the Swedish University College of Arts, Crafts and Design. WILD PRINCESS is their latest project, presented at CineMart.

    Selected Filmography

    Mark Hammerberg

    Mark Hammerberg

    Sweden

    Mark Hammarberg and Ester Martin Bergsmark met at the school of documentary filmmaking at Biskops Arnö. They have been working closely together for four years, developing a characteristic and innovative style. Their projects are characterized by a will to experiment, an aesthetic drive and a skill for showing new images, rooted in today’s Sweden that pushes the envelope for the documentary genre. Their film, SWALLOW IT (2007), was an experiment that has been described as a kick in the stomach for traditional film-making. Director Lukas Moodyson has been helping out during every step of the way as dramaturgist and creative supporter. MAGGIE IN WONDERLAND (2008) is their feature film debut.

    Selected Filmography