Die Polizistin Mikaela und ihr Kollege Robert halten vor einer Schulklasse einen Vortrag über deren Beruf. Robert demonstriert seine Machtposition, indem einen Überfall veranschaulicht. Doch dabei treibt er es auf die Spitze.
Drei Fragen an die Regie
1. Short Film has a unique way of telling stories and exploring themes. What is it that fascinates you about the short format?
Henrik Johansson: When talking about short films it’s very common to imagine them as feature length films cut down to ten or fifteen minutes. What’s fascinating about them is that more often than not, a short film doesn't have to be that complicated, quite the opposite. I believe that short films have a rare ability to touch on equally big stories as a feature length film but if done right it manages to do it in only a couple of scenes. It’s about storytelling, and to me it’s the best lesson for an aspiring writer or director to learn how to make the most out of each frame.
2. The program your film is selected for is called “Exposing your Demons”: What connection do you see between your film and that title?
Henrik Johansson: A big part of Demonstration is the fact that people are remaining passive in a situation that calls for someone to take action. Even though everyone is aware that something bad is happening, no one reacts. As an audience, it’s easy to think “What the hell are they doing? If I were there I would’ve said something.”. But I want people to question that certainty - can you actually blame the people that didn’t interfere? And how come they didn’t? Most of us act not out of choice, but out of what our circumstances and environment allows us to. Although this film exposes a passive bystander-demon which I think exists in all of us, I want to remove the shame from it. Instead of blaming the people that didn’t act, analyse what in their surroundings told them that they shouldn’t.
3. What film has inspired you most to make films yourself and what part of it do you see in your own work?
Henrik Johansson: I get inspired from all sorts of films, but in the case of Demonstration, I looked at the work of Ruben Östlund and Michael Haneke. To me they have mastered the art of depicting characters that in most movies would get severely judged, with compassion and objectivity. For this story, that way of thinking has been a huge part of my process. In general, I believe you shouldn’t limit your consumption of art and film to a selected few directors or genres, but to observe what they do, in their different ways, to provoke a thought or feeling.
Cast: Julia Gumpert, Hanna Nygårds, Josef Säterhagen
Drehbuch: Henrik Johansson
Kamera: Georg Schierbeck
Produktion: Tara Fouladi
Regie: Henrik Johansson
Sales Agent: Tara Fouladi
Schnitt: Tara Fouladi
Sound Mixing: Carl Fellgren