The Tampere Film Festival is proud to present an absolutely hilarious animation screening. The Rytel & Lindroth von Bahr screening introduces two of Sweden’s most interesting contemporary animators. Both of them have a recognisable and refreshingly original style of their own.

In Niki Lindroth von Bahr’s animation animal characters make seemingly laconic remarks about situations that are familiar and painful to humans. However, something is stirring under the calm surface. Where Lindroth von Bahr’s first two films Tord and Tord (2010) and Bathhouse (2014) explore the banalities of everyday life in a fairly prosaic way, The Burden (2017) and Something to Remember (2019) open the floodgates for emotions. The characters burst out singing and the audience can only marvel at the experience of crying to the song of a herring. Lindroth von Bahr’s aesthetics have found a wider audience in the form of David Bowie’s last music video Blackstar. The renowned Finnish singer Arja Saijonmaa can be heard as one of the voices in Something to Remember.

Joanna Rytel amused festival audiences a couple of years ago with her feminist animation Moms on Fire (2016). The animation with its themes of pregnancy and sexuality won numerous awards, such as the Teddy Award at the Berlinale and the Guldbagge Award for best short film in Sweden. The Tampere screening shows also two other animations by Rytel: Stay Ups (2017) and HARD ON (2019). They explore the power dynamics between people and bring a fresh new perspective to the themes of maternity, gender and sexuality.

Lindroth von Bahr and Rytel are both guests of the Tampere Film Festival and the audience can present questions to them.

  • Riina Mikkonen, programmer

Rytel & Lindroth von Bahr

P47 | 6.3. FRI/PE 12:00 | PLEVNA 4 | alk. / from 9 € 
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L103 | 7.3. SAT/LA 22:00 | NIAGARA | alk. / from 9 €
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Language/kieli: Eng, Swe | Duration/kesto: 87 min

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TORD OCH TORD
TORD AND TORD
TORD JA TORD

Niki Lindroth von Bahr | Sweden 2010 | Animation | 11 min

One day Tord accidentally walks in to the apartment next to his own. Another person named Tord lives there, he has just moved in. Tord and Tord start to spend time with each other.

Eräänä päivänä Tord menee vahingossa naapuriasuntoon. Siellä asuu toinen henkilö nimeltä Tord, joka on vasta muuttanut sinne. Tord ja Tord alkavat viettää aikaa yhdessä.

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SIMHALL
BATH HOUSE
KYLPYLÄ

Niki Lindroth von Bahr | Sweden 2014 | Animation | 14 min

Six animals meet at the swimming pool. The horse, the pool’s manager, is a dedicated, conscientious friend of order. Over the years the premises have become her whole world. Two wolves come to the pool to bathe. Their relationship is hard to define, but one wolf constantly wields power over the other. Three mice also visit the pool, but they have a different agenda altogether.

Kuusi eläintä tapaa uima-altaalla. Hevonen, altaan hoitaja, on omistautunut ja tunnollinen järjestyksen ystävä. Vuosien kuluessa paikasta on tullut hänen koko maailmansa. Kaksi sutta tulee altaalle kylpemään. Heidän suhdettaan on vaikea määritellä, mutta toinen susi on jatkuvasti valta-asemassa toiseen nähden. Myös kolme hiirtä käy altaalla, mutta heillä on ihan omat aikeensa.

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MIN BÖRDA
THE BURDEN
TAAKKA

Niki Lindroth von Bahr | Sweden 2017 | Animation | 14 min

An animated musical with apocalyptic undertones. The story is divided into four episodes which takes place in a supermarket, a long term hotel, a call centre and a hamburger restaurant. All of the settings are located in a modern, generic market place next to a large freeway. The characters, portrayed as animals, perform musical numbers with singing and dancing. The theme is invisible modern day labor for wages and existential anxiety. The atmosphere spans from cheerful tap routines to nightmarish black.

Animoitu musikaali, joka huokuu maailmanlopun pohjavireitä. Tarina on jaettu neljään episodiin, joiden tapahtumapaikkoina ovat suuren tien varrella sijaitseva kauppa, hotelli, puhelinpalvelukeskus ja hampurilaisravintola. Eläinhahmot esittävät lauluja ja tanssivat. Episodien kerronta ja tunnelma vaihtelevat hilpeästä steppinumerosta painajaismaiseen mustaan.

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NÅGOT ATT MINNAS
SOMETHING TO REMEMBER
JOTAKIN MITÄ MUISTAA

Niki Lindroth von Bahr | Sweden 2019 | Animation | 5 min

A lullaby before the great disaster. Two pigeons visit a zoo without animals, a snail measures his blood pressure at the doctor, in the CERN laboratory something has gone terribly wrong. Six moments from our age, like memories of the world we leave behind.

Tuutulaulu ennen suurta katastrofia. Kaksi kyyhkystä käy eläintarhassa, jossa ei ole eläimiä, etana mittauttaa verenpaineensa lääkärillä, Cernin laboratoriossa jokin on mennyt kamalalla tavalla pieleen. Kuusi hetkeä aikakaudeltamme, kuin muistoja maailmasta, jonka jätämme taaksemme.

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MOMS ON FIRE
ÄIDIT TULESSA

Joanna Rytel | Sweden 2016 | Animation | 13 min

What’s it like to be massively pregnant with only four days until you’re due to pop? You’d like to jerk off but can’t even reach, your boyfriend is fucking boring you just would like to have some fun. Than this happens. You are pregnant. Again. Yuck!!!

Millaista on olla viimeisillään raskaana, kun on enää neljä päivää jäljellä laskettuun aikaan? Et yllä edes masturboimaan ja haluaisit vaan pitää hauskaa, mutta poikaystävä on niin helvetin tylsä. Ja sitten se tapahtuu. Olet raskaana. Taas. Yäk!

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STAY UPS
STAY UPS

Joanna Rytel | Sweden 2017 | Experimental, Fictio | 11 min

A cougar is about to get nightly visits from a young man. Her child is, as usual, in the way.

Nuori mies alkaa vierailemaan iltaisin puuman luona. Puuman lapsi on tiellä – kuten tavallista.

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HARD ON
KOVANA

Joanna Rytel | Sweden 2019 | Experimental, Animation | 19 min

Secretly, she is filming everything. In a surreal apartment a cougar, a guest, a child and promises of a dog if the child plays along.

Nainen kuvaa kaiken salaa. Surrealistisessa asunnossa puuma, vieras, lapsi, sekä lupaus koirasta, jos lapsi leikkii mukana.