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Karin Wegsjö is working on a new documentary film, "Get Settled!", about three well educated women in their thirties in China, who are trapped between family traditions and values and their wish for their own independent lives.

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VISIT15

 







Exhibition, VISIT15, Mariannelund
Konsthall Betel, 30 maj-15 aug

Janna Holmstedt and Karin Wegsjö is part of the exhibition VISIT15 together with artists fron China, England, Norway and Sweden. At Art hall Betel works by Luo Fei, Xue Tao, Maria Ängqvist Klyvare, Samuel Sander, Janeric Johansson, Janna Holmstedt and Karin Wegsjö is shown.

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HAPPINESS, A FIVE-YEAR PLAN

 

Premiere at Göteborgs Film Festival 2015!

Capitol, Sunday, January 25, at 12 noon

Chinese officials travel to the Nordic countries to investigate why people here deem themselves happier than their Chinese counterparts. A colourful film about the intangible nature of happiness and what a society can do to promote it - peppered with humour and Chinese poetry. (Tobias Åkesson)

Director: Karin Wegsjö, Janna Holmstedt, Sweden/China, 2015
Speech: Mandarin
Subtitles: English
Running time: 14 min

Part of "Kortfilmspremiärer 3":
Sunday: 25/1 12.00, Capitol
Wednesday: 28/1 17.30, Haga 1
Sunday: 1/2 20.00, Haga 1

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Göteborg Film Festival >>
www.happinessafiveyearplan.com >>

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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

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


www.happinessafiveyearplan.com

 


 
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 is a hybrid, a weave of materials both documentary and staged. It toys with clichés - our ingrained picture of Sweden, our picture of China. It blends a commercial language currently in fashion with the language of bureaucracy and then with poetry. 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 film has grown out of a collaboration with six Chinese artists: Luo Fei, He Libin, Lei Yan, Cheng Liangchun, Su Yabi and Sun Guojuan; who also appear in the film.Their texts form the undercurrent in the river of images, sound, action and voices that make up the other components of this film. Relax and flow with it. Which reality is more real?


 
 

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A FILM IN THE MAKING

During 2012-2013, Nu-institutet has been shooting in Sweden and China for the short fiction film "Happiness, a Five-Year Plan", première 2015. We went to Kunming to meet and work with Chinese artists and film makers in the project ”Freedom to Sing to Oneself” in 2012. From this encounter the idea for a film was born. Nu-institutet has been supported by the Swedish Arts Council, the Swedish Film Institute, and the Swedish Arts Grants Committee.

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