A story composed of fragments of lives lived in the periphery. Based on stories gathered and formed among the people who live in the region, RIDGE turns the setting into the film's node and main character. But like shadows over the landscape, some protagonists are distinguished: Beata, a seasonal worker who comes to Sweden for the first time, Aaron, a young man with a broken heart returning to the place where he grew up, and Billie, a girl lost in her first summer vacation. As the film follows their lives, which slowly merge with the landscape, a map is drawn of the confusion between machines, people and animals. It becomes clear how they all depend on each other, in this era where the future is obscured by man's violent imprint on the planet.
- Sven Nykvist Cinematography Award - Göteborg FF
- DOX:AWARD - CPH:DOX
- PLATTFORM PRODUKTION
This is a film to witness and experience.
One of the most beautifully shot films of the year.
What we tried to do in RIDGE was create a film told in ellipses. But long before there was a script, we talked about: What does a film that is more like a topography feel like?
John Skoog was born in 1985 in Kvidinge, Sweden. Skoog graduated from the Städelschule, Frankfurt in 2012. He has already made a number of short films in northwestern Skåne together with his team, including his first, LATE ON EARTH (2011). His films have been featured at countless film festivals and art museums in Sweden and around the world including the Berlin International Film Festival, the Modern Museum in Vienna, the Rotterdam International Film Festival, the Modern Museum in Frankfurt am Main and the Index Contemporary Art Foundation in Stockholm. His latest film and first forray into feature length filmmaking, RIDGE (2019), premiered at the Goteborg Film Festival. It won the DOX:AWARD at CPH:DOX.