Fasad produces feature films, documentaries, shorts and experimental cinema. Our aim is to tell stories artistically, truthfully and with a strong grounding in modern society.


Stockholm-based Fasad is comprised of a number of talented producers, directors and cinematographers who have built a strong catalogue of feature productions and co-productions that have achieved international acclaim. They have been awarded prizes at some of the best film festivals around the world, including Venice, Toronto and IDFA. The company’s filmography includes: Blondie (2012), Avalon (2011), The Ape (2009) and Burrowing (2009).

Fasad focuses primarily on the creative processes in filmmaking. It continues to follow its original ethos—starting out with a strong idea and letting the nature of the idea guide the project. Current Fasad productions include Erik Gandini’s The Swedish Theory of Love, Fredrik Wenzel and Jesper Kurlandsky’s Aeterna, Marcus Lindeen’s The Acali Experiment and two as of yet untitled Jesper Ganslandt films.

The Swedish Theory of Love

In February of 1972 a group of Swedish politicians gathered together to define a new idea for the future. Motivated by a strong need to challenge traditional social structures, they outline a new goal. Their vision was to create ‘a society of autonomous individuals’. A manifesto was written in which it was concluded that no ‘citizen should be dependent on another.’

Cut to 2013, forty years later. Scandinavia is the loneliest region in the world. Sweden statistically has the highest number of people dying alone and tops the chart for single households with 47% of people living alone. Norway is a close second with 42% and Denmark third with 41%. ’The Swedish Theory of Love’ aims to uncover the cracks of Scandinavian perfection and look deeper into the dysfunctional side of modern life.

Directed by Erik Gandini.

The Swedish Theory of Love

Photo by Lars Tunbjörk/Fasad.

Aeterna

Aeterna is a poetic representation of the Anthropocene and an introduction to the way we, as a people, should move forward. Communicating with the audience through contemplative and reflective images, which aim to create an understanding of the problem, as well as inciting change. Using a language of compassion and beauty, instead of fear and judgment, Aeterna is a powerful cinematic experience, which aims to reintegrate our civilisation with the environment.

Directed by Jesper Kurlandsky and Fredrik Wenzel.

Aeterna

Amalimbo

Amalimbo is a short animation which tells the story of Tipuana, a five-year-old girl who experiences the state of ‘limbo’ between life and death when she tries to pass over to the other side, whilst desperately mourning the loss of her beloved father.

Directed by Juan Libossart.

Amalimbo

Cosmopolitanism

In an age in which xenophobia, nationalism and intolerance are a daily occurrence, we have grown accustomed to thinking of the world as divided among warring creeds and cultures. Cosmopolitanism challenges us to think about a universal belonging that doesn’t confine itself to a city, region on national boundary.

Directed by Erik Gandini and in collaboration with Karlstand University.

Cosmopolitanism

Photo by Vania Tegamelli.

Dear Director

In 1980 American jazz pianist Kazzrie Jaxen watches Ingmar Bergman’s From the Life of the Marionettes. Afterwards she writes him a sixteen-page letter explaining how the film changed her life. It had started a dramatic inner journey which made her understand that she is not alone in her own body: hidden inside a small lump of fat under her skin rest the remains of her unborn twin.

Dear Director is a documentary short based on a real fan letter written to Bergman that Swedish director Marcus Lindeen found while doing research on unfinished Bergman scripts for a play.

Directed by Marcus Lindeen.

Acali

The Acali Experiment

In the summer of 1973, five men and six women embarked on a 101-day sea adventure on a raft drifting across the Atlantic—an experiment on human behaviour initiated by anthropologist Santiago Genovés, exploring the origins of violence, conflict and aggression. Genovés handpicked each member of the crew, mixing religions, cultural backgrounds and nationalities to heighten tension on board and once the journey was under way there was no turning back.

Forty years later we will reunite the participants of the expedition to talk about their life-changing experience in an experiment dubbed by the media as ‘The Sex Raft’ but referred to by Genovés as the ‘greatest group experiment of all time’ and which left the participants wondering ‘what it was all really about’.

Directed by Marcus Lindeen.

Acali

Imaginary Country

In a search for her own identity, Swedish artist and director Angela Bravo returns to a moment in her parent’s life—their exile from Chile and subsequent move to Sweden, the country where Angela was born. A film in which reality and fantasy blend seamlessly, Angela reflects on the Chile she grew up with, a fairy-tale story told through photos, distant memories and audiotapes of relatives she had never met.

However, in 1989, when democracy returns to Chile, Angela’s ‘Neverland’ became a reality and she began to question her identity. In Sweden she finds calm, rational society and a exemplary democracy. In Chile, she meets extreme inequality and a permanent state of effervescence. An Imaginary Country not only tells the story of a young woman searching for her true identity but is also a metaphor for a non-existent place, a utopia, in which democracy is pure and real.

Directed by Angela Bravo.

Imaginary Country

Signs of an Open Eye

A contemplative, non-verbal audio-visual experience exploring the relationship between man and beast, accompanied by a live performance from Sweden’s Radio Choir. This film depicts man’s frailty, it’s equality to animals but also it’s strength and superiority—we see animals killed in slaughterhouses and the cramped conditions of the factories in which they are bred. It is a study of humankind and our place in the environment. However, the accompanying music gives the disturbing images a strange sense of hope. It becomes clear that the film is focused on human responsibility and is an attempt to show that our ways can be changed.

Directed by Jesper Kurlandsky and Fredrik Wenzel.

Signs of an Open Eye

Blondie

Three sisters reunite at their childhood home as their domineering mother arranges a large birthday party. The festivities soon come to an end as repressed conflicts rise to the surface. Old wounds are opened and new family is born.

A film divided into three acts, with three distinct layers—the superficial beauty, the conflict and the complex relationships and the reflection, a glimpse of the times we live in, where entertainment is considered more important than the message, and the individual over the community.

Directed by Jesper Ganslandt.

Blondie

Avalon

After recently being released from Prison, Janne, a 60-year-old club promoter with an electronic bracelet, goes to the small coastal town of Båstad—a Swedish Saint Tropez. He prepares the opening of a new nightclub called ‘Avalon.’ Convinced that with the opening of this club he will be able to relive his golden years, the party comes to an abrupt end.

Directed by Axel Petersén. Starring Johannes Brost, Peter Carlberg and Léonore Ekstrand. Co-production with Idyll.
www.avalonthefilm.com/

Avalon

Burrowing

Sebastian lives at home with his mother. He is eleven years old. From an elevated spot in the playground, he surveys his neighbourhood. He can see Jimmy who lives with his parents, even though he’s got a child of his own. He can see Anders, who’s just been giving planning permission for a new carport. In a hollow where the surface water blends into the brook, Mischa is looking for fish. He came as a guest worker in the seventies but still hasn’t left. Sebastian sees the asphalt rooting. He sees hollyhocks eating their way into the foundations causing fractures in the concrete slabs laid directly on the ground. Weakening, confined toot space, lack of water and low nutritional values. A break-up can only come through force.

Directed by Henrik Hellström and Fredrik Wenzel.

Burrowing

The Ape

The Ape, Jesper Ganslandt’s second feature, is a disturbing descent into hell. One day a man wakes up in unfamiliar surrounds, only to the find that the life he once knew is gone. For this film Ganslandt used a very unconventional filming technique. To completely immerse Olle Sari in the role, he was never permitted to see a full script. He was simply led to locations and instructed before the filming of each scene—the story unfolding as though he were genuinely living it.

Directed by Jesper Ganslandt

Apan

Farväl Falkenberg

It’s the last summer in Falkenberg. Five childhood friends who have become young men. David who yearns to be a child again and Holger who never wants to move away. Two best friends that escape to the forest and to the ocean, away from the future. Jesper constantly returns home without anybody really noticing that he’s been gone. Jörgen finances his catering company, ‘Breakfast in bed’ by theft, and John is always in a bad mood but believes that bacon makes him happy. The future looms on the horizon, but they won’t all be there to see it. A film about friendship, memories and a final farewell to a little town by the sea.

Directed by Jesper Ganslandt.

Falkenberg

Videocracy

In Italy, for around thirty years, media has been controlled by one man. TV-magnate and President Silvio Berlusconi has influenced the content of commercial television in a way never before done in Italy. His TV-channels, with their young skimpily-clad girls, are seen by many to mirror his own taste and personality.

In Videocracy, Italian-born director Erik Gandini portrays the consequences of a TV-experiment that Italians have been subjected to for 30 years. Gaining unique access to the most powerful media spheres, he unveils a remarkable story, born out of the scary reality of ‘TV-Republic’ Italy.

Directed by Erik Gandini.
www.atmo.se/videocracy

Videocracy

Gitmo

Directed by Erik Gandini and Tarik Saleh and produced by Kristina Åberg, Gitmo starts from a pleasant visit to the prison camp of Guantanamo Bay and embarks for a journey to Washington, Stockholm, Bucharest then to Abu Ghraib in Iraq and slowly… a new scary world is revealing itself. Gitmo had its World premiere November 2005 at IDFA, the International Documentary Filmfestival of Amsterdam, where it was selected in competition for the prestigious Joris Ivens award.

Directed by Erik Gandini.
http://www.atmo.se/gitmo

Gitmo

Filmen jag inte pratar om längre

Malmö, 2001. For Patrick Casey anything is possible. He has just returned home to Sweden, having spent several months working in New Zealand on Lord of the Rings. Having developed a taste for cinema he recruits his friends (most of whom are amateurs) to create an ambitious feature film in a real studio with an enormous budget. Filmen jag inte pratar om längre is not only a documentary about a disastrous film project, but also a story about a group of young people and their unfaltering enthusiasm and desire to become completely immersed in something exciting and original.

Directed by Martin Degrell and Jesper Ganslandt.

Filmen jag inte pratar om längre

Surplus

Anti-globalisation guru John Zerzan believes that advertising is the most powerful weapon of communication that man has ever invented. Within thirty seconds of a receiving a message, the consumer is reduced to a ‘docile consumption slave’, who believes that the purchase of any given good is not only necessary but also soul-saving. Surplus aims to show the audience the consequences of their consumption and, at the same time, uncover how an elite group, which constitutes only one fifth of the world’s population has become entitled to control up to four fifth’s of the planet’s natural resources. To achieve this, Surplus mimics the techniques used in television advertisements. It is a manipulative collage of sound and image and is suggestively repetitive.

Directed by Erik Gandini.

Surplus