by Beata Gårdeler
Synopsis | Cast & Crew | Technical Information
A small Swedish community which seems idyllic on the surface. But when 14 years-old Jennifer claims to have been raped by classmate Alexander, everything changes. The rumor rapidly spreads throughout the community. And more and more people are convinced that Jennifer is lying. This is the beginning of a stirred up lynch chase in which an entire community turns against a young girl and her family. A brutal collective where evidence and decisions of court mean nothing and where grown up people lay down their own rules and laws. Nothing is going too far. The only thing that matters is sticking with the flock.
Awards & Festivals
Portuguese Premiere in Golden Lynx Competition at FEST – New Directors New Films Festival
Best Original Music (Lisa Homqvist) @ Aubagne Film Festival!
French Premiere in Competition @ Aubagne Film Festival!
Best Female Supporting Role (Eva Melander), Best Cinematography & Best Music @ Guldbaggen Awards!
Premiered in over 25 countries!
World Premiere @ Berlin Int’l Film Festival!
Winner of the Crystal Bear for Best Film @ Berlinale Generation 14Plus!
”Best script” and ”Best depiction of a woman” awards @ Zimbabwe Women Film Festival!
Jury Award in World Fiction Competition @ Los Angeles Int’l Film Festival!
In Competition @ Brussels Int’l Film Festival!
In Competition for the Youth Jury Award @ Buster Film Festival!
Selected @ Tallinn Black Nights, Goa and Cairo!
Best Director, Best Screenplay & Best Young Actress (Fatime Azemi) @ Olympia Film Festival!
Best Feature for Young People award @ Ale Kino!
Fatime Azemi: Jennifer
John Risto: Alexander
Eva Melander: Susanne
Jakob Öhrman: David
Malin Levanon: Mia
Beata Gårdeler feature debut IN YOUR VEINS was highly praised by the critics as well as nominated for a Guldbagge (Swedish National Film Award). She has directed several TV-series such as SPUNG and recently, the award winning 30 DEGREES IN FEBRUARY(conceptual director). She won the feature competition 2014 at the Göteborg Film Festival with SOLITUDE.
I grew up in a small community in northern Sweden where the social behavior and unwritten laws are very old fashioned. At the same time, many things have changed thanks to social media. I felt that this film had an unusually important mission: to tell an outstanding story about people’s deepest fears and what they lead to, especially in a civilized society in the year 2014. What kind of mechanisms makes a ordinary village to turn against a 14 –year old girl and condemn her? These things could happen anywhere.
JENNIFER - Fatime Azemi grew up in the small village Harads close to almost all of the locations for ”Flocken”. Both Fatime and John Risto are the same age as their characters. Still children – but they act more adult than all the adults. Jennifer is more complex than many other female victims on film: she is aggressive and also in some way unlikeable. Fatime’s intensity and presence are hard to act at 15.
Director: Beata Gårdeler
Screenwriter: Emma Broström
Producers: Agneta Fagerström Olsson and Annika Hellström
Cinematographer: Gösta Reiland
Production Designer: Elle Furudahl
Editor: Linda Jildmalm
Sound Designer: Jonas Jansson
Composer: Lisa Holmqvist
Production Company: 2afilm AB
With support of: The Swedish Film Institute, Magdalena Jangard
Co-production with: Filmpool Nord, Film i Väst, Chimney and Filmgården HB
Production Company: 2afilm AB
Original Title: FLOCKEN / Aspect Ratio: Cinemascope / Colour / 110 minutes / 5.1 / Swedish with English subtitles / DCP / Sweden 2015
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