How can you show and interpret the topography of a place without becoming nothing more than a banal tourist guide? How can you capture the relationships between the terrain and its local details: the vegetation, the architecture, the habits of local residents and the oral history? This hybrid film by Swedish artist John Skoog is a cross between an ethnographic documentary, a conceptual video showing the sensual texture of summer and a hauntological exploration. Skoog shows Kvidinge, his hometown, in gradual fashion, each time focusing on a different aspect: the landscape, machines, animals and people in a series of repeating scenes. Instead of a classic plot, he builds the mood of the place and the atmosphere of summer, surrounding which is a feeling of unease that is difficult to pinpoint. Perhaps it’s the result of Kvidinge’s ambiguous placement in time. Are we seeing the Swedish town in the present, or are these phantom memories from years earlier, from when the director was growing up there? Are the seemingly realistic scenes not just snapshots of recollections of the past? A fascinating hauntology of place.
Göteborg FF 2019 – Sven Nykvist Cinematography Award; CPH:DOX 2019 – DOX Award
(born in 1985 in Kvidinge, Sweden) Graduated from the Städelschule, Frankfurt in 2012. He has made a number of short films in northwestern Skåne. His films have been featured at countless film festivals and art museums in Sweden and around the world. The Ridge is his first forray into feature length filmmaking.
2011 Sent på jorden (short)
2013 Förår (short)
2014 Federsee (doc. short)
2014 Värn (doc. short)
2014 Shadowland (doc. short)
2017 Nosferatu (short)
2019 Sezon / Säsong / The Ridge