Inside the Diamond (2019)

  • 1h 16m
  • Viktor Johansson
  • engelske undertekster

Slacker-komik og psykedelisk etnografi mødes i denne skildring af ungdommens indre liv.

Da den lokale diamantfabrik i den svenske lilleby Robertsfors blev nedlagt for nogle år siden, kostede det en stor del af de jobs, byen levede af. Instruktøren Viktor Johansson har fulgt livet i byen efter tabet, og det er der kommet en af de senere års morsomste, skæveste og mest syrede svenske film ud af. Det spøger i minen. Der vokser koraller udenfor Systembolaget. Ja, uglerne er i det hele taget slet ikke hvad de giver sig ud for i denne skildring af det indre liv hos forældreløse børn, selvskadende teenagepiger og arbejdsløse immigranter, der udgør byens efterladte flok af selvudnævnte diamant-mennesker. ‘Inside the Diamond’ er ikke en vanlig dokumentarfilm, snarere et stykke stenet, psykedelisk etnografi, der lader sine personer performe sig selv. Det er den ophævelse af skellene - og de medfølgende magtforhold - mellem instruktøren og hans medvirkende, der tilføjer et vibrerende liv til hver eneste af filmens scener. En lille, usleben diamant af et værk, der giver nyt håb til hybridfilmens fremtid.

Slacker comedy meets psychedelic ethnography in a poetic depiction of the inner lives of Swedish youths.

When the local diamond factory in the Swedish town of Robertsfors was closed a few years ago, it put an end to a large number of the jobs that the town depended on. Viktor Johansson has followed life in the town since, and the result is one of the funniest and quirkiest films to come out of Sweden in recent years. The mine is haunted. Corals are growing outside the state-run alcohol shop. Indeed, the owls are not what they seem in this portrayal of the inner lives of orphans, self-harming teenage girls and unemployed immigrants, who make up the town’s surviving group of self-proclaimed diamond people. ‘Inside the Diamond’ is not an ordinary documentary, but rather a piece of stoned, psychedelic ethnography, which lets its protagonists do their own performances. It is this elimination of the differences - and the power structures - between the director and his protagonists that adds a vibrant vitality to each of the film’s scenes. A small, rough diamond of a film, which breathes new hope into the future of hybrid films.

Director

Viktor Johansson

Producer

Linus Andersson

Language(s)

Swedish, English

Subtitle(s)

English