When Carl Johan De Geer was young, his grandmother was the safe point in his chaotic life
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Documentary, Sweden, 2001, 17 min
by: Carl Johan De Geer|
A contradictory picture of nazism in the Swedish upper classes.
As a child Carl Johan De Geer and his siblings seldom were in the same place or even the same country as their parents. During two years 1949-50 Carl Johan lived with his Grandmother, in a small flat in Stockholm, Sweden. His parents marriage was in constant turbulence until it at last disintegrated. His Grandmother gave his life stability. She saved him and she was the only person in his family who realised what children needed. Carl Johan and his siblings considered her to be a good person and they loved and adored her.
His Grandmother was also a Nazi. Not only did she admire Mussolini, who she had had lunch with, but also Hitler. She collected Nazi magazines. On Grandmothers bridge nights with her friends she did not hide them. She was proud of them. They were laid in a place of honour so that everyone could see them. In 1959 when Carl Johan started Art School his Grandmother gave him all the volumes (1939-45) of Die Kunst in Deutschen Reich.
Carl-Johan did not know that he was ashamed of his Grandmother. He loved her. After the war other Swedish Nazis got rid of the evidence of their beliefs, but not his Grandmother. It was not admiration for Germany that made her a Nazi. She had ties to the British nobility and was quite fond of France. Maybe she was a Nazi because she had fallen for Hitlers personal charm? She never liked to discuss politics.
A lot of things were so obvious to her that she did not bother talking about them. Religion was given. And her being a Royalist. She loved all kings and queens. Nazism was in that respect given to her, but it did not seem to be a very well thought through thing.
Carl-Johan never understood what went on in her mind and it was not until after she had died that he started to think about it and wonder: I loved my Grandmother. She was a good person. A Nazi cannot possibly be a good person. That is the paradox of this film.
Director: Carl Johan De Geer
Screenwriter: Carl Johan De Geer
Photography: Harry Tuvanen
B-photo: Anders Nilsson
Editing: Thomas Täng
Light: Sten Lindberg
Scenery: Carl Johan De Geer
Music: Richard Wagner
Sound: Håkan Linn
Sound editing: Lars C. Lundberg
Sound Mix: Berndt Frithiof
Producer: Freddy Olsson
Film Commissioner: Göran Olsson
Sound Mix: CinePost Studios
Production: Bokomotiv De Geer & Olsson
Donor: Svenska Filminstitutet
Sales: Folkets Bio
Best Short Film at Göteborg International Film Festival, Sweden, 2001
Honorable Mention at Nordisk Panorama, Denmark, Finland, Island, Norway, Sweden, 2001
Best Documentary at International Short Film Festival Siena, Italy, 2001
Best Documentary at Vila do Conde, Portugal, 2001
Nominated to Golden Bug at Guldbaggegalan, Sweden, 2002 (category Bästa dokumentärfilm)
Festival screenings in Sweden:
Uppsala kortfilmfestival, Uppsala, 2003
Guldbaggegalan, Stockholm, 2002
Göteborg International Film Festival, Göteborg, 2001
Festival screenings internationally:
Brief Encounters, United Kingdom, 2003
Festival de Cine de Alcalá de Henares, Spain, 2003
Dokfest München, Germany, 2003
Norwegian Short Film Festival, Norway, 2003
Regensburg Short Film Week, Germany, 2003
Short Film Festival of Saint Benoit, Reunion Island, 2003
Tampere International Film Festival, Finland, 2003-03-05
Tinklai International Short Film Festival, Lithuania, 2003
Europeisk Dokumentarfilmfestival, Norway, 2002
Clermont-Ferrand, France, 2002, in competition
Short Film Festival of Lyon-Villeurbanne, France, 2002
Minimalen, Norway, 2002
Sami Film Festival, Norway, 2002
Scandinavian Film Festival, United States, 2002
Singapore International Film Festival, Singapore, 2002
Vila do Conde, Portugal, 2001
International Short Film Festival Siena, Italy, 2001
Nordisk Panorama, Denmark, Finland, Island, Norway, Sweden, 2001
Kritikerveckan i Cannes, France, 2001
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