EXCLUSIVE: Trailer for Kiruna – A Brand New World
by Vladan Petkovic
- The feature debut by Czech-Swedish director Greta Stocklassa is set to world-premiere in the international competition of Visions du Réel 2019
Kiruna - A Brand New World [+see also:
film profile], the first feature-length documentary by Czech-Swedish filmmaker Greta Stocklassa, will have its world premiere in the international competition of the upcoming 50th Visions du Réel, taking place from 5-13 April in Nyon.
With the tagline “If we could build a new society from scratch, what would it look like?”, the film tells the story of the Swedish mining town of Kiruna, located 145 kilometres north of the Arctic Circle. It was built on a great iron ore deposit and thus created significant income for the Swedish government. However, owing to the mining, the city has started to collapse. In order to save the industry, the city council together with mining company LKAB have decided to move the town and its inhabitants some three kilometres to the east. Consequently, the town has turned a potential disaster into a great opportunity: the new Kiruna will be an even more progressive, even better society for the future. But is it even possible to plan an ideal world?
Against the backdrop of this moving city, the citizens of the new Kiruna are fighting their own battles. We follow teacher Timo, a local activist staunchly against the move; teenage Sami girl Maja, who is discovering her family roots and cultural heritage; and Abdalrahman, a teenage boy from Yemen who came to the town as a refugee and slowly comes to realise that it takes more than just a simple paper to become a Swede.
The seemingly very different characters all face the same questions as the city searches for its place. They are starting their personal quests for identity, values and a greater future. Kiruna - A Brand New World is a portrait of a utopian and dystopian town as well as a hard-hitting reflection of today’s society.
The movie is part of the 2019 DocAlliance Selection and previously participated in Eurodoc, the IDFAcademy Summer School and the Agora/DocMarket at the Thessaloniki International Film Festival, where it won the second prize for Best Doc in Progress in 2017. It also recently won the Sheffield Doc/Fest Award for Best Project at Czech Docs, as part of the 2019 East Doc Platform.
The project was pitched at Docu Talents at Karlovy Vary, North Pitch Below Zero at Tromso IFF and Dok.elevator at Nordisk Panorama.
Watch our exclusive trailer for Kiruna - A Brand New World below:
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