Stockfish is proud to announce three ingenious Nordic documentaries that will screen at the festival!
In 1973, five men and six women drifted across the Atlantic on a raft as part of a scientific experiment studying the sociology of violence, aggression and sexual attraction in human behavior. Through extraordinary archive material and a reunion of the surviving members of the expedition on a full scale replica of the raft, this film tells the hidden story behind what has been described as ‘one of the strangest group experiments of all time.’
The film won the Silver Hugo at the Chicago International Film Festival and the esteemed DOX:AWARD at CPH:DOX.
“For the expertly crafted, visually inventive and absorbing retelling of one long strange trip across international waters and into the depths of human nature – the jury awards the Silver Hugo to Marcus Lindeen’s riveting film, The Raft.“
“Winner of top honors at CPH:DOX, Marcus Lindeen’s lively, argument-rich doc revisits anthropologist Santiago Genoves’ controversial Acali Experiment.” – Guy Lodge – Variety
ANGEL OF THE NORTH (Finland)
A 1903 Finnish painting represents two children carrying an angel on a stretcher. This image is an enigma because its author has never explained it. Today, The Wounded Angel is the Finnish population’s favourite painting, which is like a catharsis for her.
To understand the image’s power of fascination, the film investigates all round the country. It questions the mysteries of the human soul, of death and the existence of angels. Melancholy, hope, humanism and nordic shamanism come together to resolve the enigma of The Wounded Angel.
The film was nominated for the best feature documentary category at the Jussi Awards 2018.
In this beautifully composed documentary, we first see an eccentric old woman taking care of a herd of reindeer in the northern part of Sweden. Gradually, it becomes clear that this wise and highly charismatic person is Sami actress and artist Maj Doris, a folk legend who has traveled all over the world to promote the cultural legacy of her people. It’s a contemplative and multifaceted film that explores topics such as the preservation of indigenous cultures, strong artistic women and the complexities of being a role model.
The film was nominated for the NORDIC:DOX award at CPH:DOX for, Best Nordic documentary.
“It’ll leave you wanting to jump on a plane to travel north, as well as hoping you’re as cool as Maj Doris when you’re 75.” – Emma Vestrheim – cinemascandinavia.com