VICTOR LINDGREN: »I DON’T LIKE THE IDEA OF NOT BEING ABLE TO CHOOSE«

Victor Lindgren is selceted to the Berlinale Shorts competition with his film »Kometen«. 23 films from 19 countries will be competing for the Golden and the Silver Bear as well as the Audi Short Film Award, worth € 20,000, and a nomination for the European Film Awards at the 2017 edition of Berlinale Shorts. Victor Lindgren was born in 1984 in Holmsund, Sweden, in his films he tells stories about people, with all their flaws and greatness, difficult relationships, failures and social injustices. His films often have a political undertone, an injustice to show or a norm to question.

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What is your ambition in the film?

The Comet tells an important refugee story about having to flee your homeland, across the Mediterranean Sea, to a cold and closed Europe. It is made with small means and many dedicated people. I’m incredibly happy that I got to know Abdi and he has inspired me to write this story. He has made a similar hellish voyage from Somalia to Sweden, because of his sexual orientation. I hope this film can change his situation and raise the issue of refugees, especially LGBTQ refugees who today often become marginalized.

How did you get started in the film business?

I’m not really sure. I think I soon realized that I wasn’t meant for a long school education. I didn’t have the brain for it. And I don’t like the idea of working with the same thing each and every day not being able to choose. So I quitted my career in construction and started to seek for work or practice within the film industry.

kometen1neuFilm excerpt from »Kometen«

What are your future plans for 2017?

My first feature film. We shot it this summer and the material looks gorgeous but we don’t have money to edit the whole thing and do a proper distribution. So that’s my plan, to find money.

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