SWALLOW IT is an experimental blend of documentary and fiction. Twelve-year-old kids smash baby dolls in the woods. A mosquito sucks blood from a senior citizen with hepatitis C. An African woman claims she's married to the Swedish king. It's funny. It's funny, because it's true.
- Beatrice Andersson
- Gustav Sandén
- Felicia Thörnblad-Moberg
- Gisela Ericsson
- SILVEROSA FILM
- RUT FILM
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.
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.