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World premiere 25 Jan, 2015
Cinema Capitol, 12 at noon
Göteborg Film Festival

Exhibition, 30 May-15 Aug, 2015
VISIT15, Konsthall Betel, Mariannelund

Written, Directed and Produced by Karin Wegsjö and Janna Holmstedt
Event Scores by Luo Fei, Lei Yan, He Libin, Su Yabi, Cheng, Lianchung, Sun Guojuan
Director of Photography Inu Enescu (SE), Wang Bang Ji, Huang Shun (CH)
Editor Sascha Fülscher
Music Magnus Andersson Lagerqvist, Lisa Nordström, Midaircondo
Cast Luo Fei, Cheng Lianchung, He Libin, Lei Yan, Su Yabi

Production Company Nu-institutet With Support from The Swedish Film Institute
/Andra Lasmanis and the Swedish Arts Grants
Committe
In Collaboration with SVT /Short Film
Copyright © 2014 Karin Wegsjö and Janna
Holmstedt/Nu-institutet

 
   

 
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SYNOPSIS

A small village in Småland, the Astrid Lindgren heartland of Sweden. The Chinese Commission on the Future disembarks. They’ve done their research. Sweden holds a seventh place, with China far down the scale at 112th. We’re talking about happiness, a word that with growing frequency is touted by politicians and economists alike. But can happiness really be measured?
Simultaneously, in a city in the south of China a group of young people, all wearing blindfolds, grope their way out of their doors and onto the streets. They move one by one, as if on a given signal. Is it some kind of silent protest? Is it the enactment of a dream? Or an absurd attempt to do the impossible?

This film weaves documentary and fiction, poetry and traditional dialogue. The story is set in the framework of a visit by an expert commission sent from China to Sweden to study happiness. The commission’s observations are certainly not what anyone would have expected. And in this particular, neglected Swedish village, with its diminishing population, one member of the commission suddenly discovers a world of possibilities.

The manuscript is partly based on texts by artists Luo Fei, He Libin, Lei Yan, Cheng Liangchun, Su Yabi and Sun Guojuan; who also appear in the film.
Read more about the film >>


Premiere at Göteborg Film Festival 2015

Sun: 25/1, 12.00, Capitol (Kortfilmspremiärer 3)
Wed: 28/1, 17.30, Haga 1 (Kortfilmspremiärer 3)
Sun: 1/2, 20.00, Haga 1 (Kortfilmspremiärer 3)
Göteborg Film Festival >>


Part of the exhibition VISIT15, 30 May-15 Aug, 2015
VISIT15 >>





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PRESS-KIT AND IMAGES

Press-kit in ENGLISH can be downloaded as pdf >>
Press-kit in SWEDISH can be downloaded as pdf >>

Contents: Synopsis; Director's statement; Production notes and anecdotes; Biographies and filmography; Contact; Technical and artistical fact sheet.

Press images can be downloaded here >>

 

 

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CONTACT

Press/PR
Ylva Swedenborg/Cinema Sweden
ylva[at]cinemasweden.com
+46 (0)8 98 38 48


Nu-institutet
Karin Wegsjö
karin[at]nu-institutet.org
+46 (0)70 781 13 72

Janna Holmstedt
janna[at]nu-institutet.org
+46 (0)709 700 710


www.nu-institutet.org

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PRODUCTION INFORMATION AND CREDITS

Orginal Title Happiness, a Five-Year Plan
Production Year 2014
Format HD, DCP, DVD
Sound 5.1, Stereo
Genre Drama/Experimental
Duration 14 minuters
Language Mandarin
Subtitles English, Swedish, Mandarin


Production Company Nu-institutet
With Support from The Swedish Film Institute/Andra Lasmanis and the Swedish Arts Grants Committe
In Collaboration with SVT /Short Film
Copyright © 2014 Karin Wegsjö and Janna Holmstedt/Nu-institutet


Written, Directed and Produced by Karin Wegsjö and Janna Holmstedt
Poems and Event Scores by Luo Fei, Lei Yan, He Libin, Su Yabi, Cheng Lianchung, Sun Guojuan
Director of Photography Inu Enescu (SE), Wang Bang Ji, Huang Shun (CH)
Editor Sascha Fülscher
Music Magnus Andersson Lagerqvist, Lisa Nordström, Midaircondo
Cast Luo Fei, Cheng Lianchung, He Libin, Lei Yan, Su Yabi
Supporting Cast Huang Shun, Xiaolin Zhu, Liu Jin, Wu Yuequan, Jin Xiaoyun, Sha Yurong, Zhu Shilin, Hou Yi, Wang Kui, Wang Mengjun, Chang Changxin, Reng Yuheng, Zhang Caiyun, Shi Kejian, Zhou Tao, Josef Mellergård, Janna Holmstedt, Bruno Ullstad Wegsjö
Production and Costume Design Janna Holmstedt och Karin Wegsjö
Sound Technician Calle Buddee Roos
Production Manager Xiaolin Zhu (CH)
Production Coordinator Anna Mellergård (SE), Wu Yuerong (CH)
Special Thanks TCG Nordica, Kunming (CH), Stationskooperativ M och KAiM, Mariannelund (SE)
Thanks to Emilkraften, Stadsmissionen Stockholm, Fredrik Larsen och Linda Carlsson
Post-Production Chimney Stockholm
Grading Oskar Larsson
Sound Design and Mix Magnus Andersson Lagerqvist
Graphic Design Fredrik Andersson
Photography Wang Bang Ji
Translations Xiao Diming, Björn Kjellgren, Janna Holmstedt, Xiaolin Zhu

Sound Excerpt Anders Borg, Swedish Minister of Finance "A Policy of Happiness", debate in Parliament, Apr 4, 2011
Quotes taken from "China orders officials to go out and 'make people happy'", The Telegraph, Mar 2, 2011; "World Happiness Report 2012", The Earth Institute, Columbia University, commissioned for the April 2nd United Nations Conference on Happiness; "Vetandets värld", Vetenskapsradion, Sveriges Radio, Jul 5, 2010; Mark Williamson (Action for Happiness), reporting from the UN Conference on Happiness, Apr 3, 2012; "What are the economics of happiness?", The Big Picture with Thom Hartmann, Apr 5, 2012; "Holiday survey: are you happy?", China Central Television, Sep–Oct 2012.

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