My dream is that as soon as people leave the movie theatre, they'll call their loved ones and tell them they care. That they'll be a little nicer to each other, especially in family settings, since there's a lot of pressure in those relationships.
But to begin with, I guess I wanted to tell the natives of the province of Dalecarlia a thing or two as well. Half of my family comes from Dalecarlia, from the region around Lake Siljan, and in my opinion, they're real characters up there. It's been fun raking them over the coals. At times I've been so sick of their behaviour, they're so incredibly full of themselves. I mean, they'll buy a summer cottage a half-hour drive from where they live just so they don't have to leave the province. Dalecarlia is Sweden's heartland, and everything about it is fantastic. When one of my relatives came to Stockholm, we went out for pizza – the delicious gourmet stone baked kind – and when we had finished our meal, this person looked at me and said: "Well, our pizza place back home in Rättvik certainly knows how to make a darn good pizza!"
My intention was also to capture the special brand of humour they have in Dalecarlia, it's simultaneously warm-hearted and slightly brutal. If it isn't served up with a whole lot of love, it just sounds unkind. It's like irony – when someone would say "nice sweater" to you in school without really meaning it. That kind of humour wears you down, it's corrosive.
At the same time, the film is a declaration of love to the people of Dalecarlia. You know, I picked up stakes and moved from Stockholm to Dalecarlia myself. These days I live in Falun and dream of being called a "kulla" (the Swedish word for a female native of Dalecarlia).
Her first collaboration with Memfis resulted in the pilot film FISHY, a relationship drama set in the Stockholm suburb of Fisksätra.
Maria Blom now lives in Dalecarlia, since two years back.
Cast & Crew
Directed by: Maria Blom
Written by: Maria Blom
Produced by: Lars Jönsson
Cinematography: Peter Mokrosinski
Editing: Petra Ahlin, Michal Leszczylowski
Production Design: Annelie Wemstad
Costume Design: Nina Sandström
Hair & Make-up: Karin Fahlén
Original Score: Anders Nygårds
Main Cast: Sofia Helin (Mia), Kajsa Ernst (Eivor), Ann Petren (Gunilla)
Nominations and Awards
- EFA Feature Film Selection 2005