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Moments of Silence
Director:Mats Bigert, Lars Bergström
Screenplay: Mats Bigert, Lars Bergström
Edition: Dino Jonsäter
Sound: David Österberg
Production: Studio Bigert & Bergström, in co-production with SVT Kortfilm/Andrea Östlund, with support from the Swedish Film Institute/Cecilia Lidin.
Producers: Mats Bigert, Lars Bergström

Screenings

Wednesday 6th - 19:30
documentamadridCINETECA - PLATÓ
Audience Award vote

Thursday 7th - 19:00
documentamadridCINETECA - SALA BORAU

Moments of Silence

Mats Bigert, Lars Bergström
14' / 2015 / Sweden
Web: bigertbergstrom.com/sv/node/286
no dialogue


Audience vote 3.83

At certain times, dates and places, pedestrians halt, traffic stops and silence ensues. For just a moment, generally counted in minutes, the world is a frozen arrow pointing at the thought of something important, so important that it should never be forgotten. As a meditative memento on the importance of a collective memory, we have compiled a series of these moments into a film. Together these sampled minutes of silence reflect one of few activities that bring people together regardless of religion, race or cultural background. The archival material outlines a mute history of tragedy and grief, often staged against a backdrop of natural disasters and violent conflict. But the footage is also a reminder of the stoic nature of humans, never accepting the horrors of terror attacks, war or rogue killers.

Main Festivals & Awards

World premiere at CPH:DOX, New Vision Award section, Copenhagen International Film Festival, 2014 / IDFA, Paradocs, International Documentary Film Festival, Amsterdam, 2014 / XII SITAC conference Arte, Justamente, Mexico City, 2015 / Göteborgs Film Festival, Sweden, 2015 / Docpoint, Helsinki, 2015 / TEMPO Dokumentärfestival, Stockholm, 2015

Director's Biography

Mats Bigert and Lars Bergström are two Swedish artists and filmmakers living and working in Stockholm. They have been collaborating since 1990 and have produced a wide range of art and film projects. Their first film, Last Supper, was released in 2005 and cemented their formal and conceptual touch, combining documentary film with sculptural installations. Since then they have directed several films, including Life Extended (2009) and Weather War (2012), which all deal with the human obsession of trying to control life and death through the means of science and rituals.

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