Jimmie

  • 91'
  • Sweden
  • 2018

Jimmie is four years old. His father assures him that he will see his mother, who has suddenly disappeared, again. Jimmie believes him; what toddler wouldn’t? Even when his nice life in Stockholm disintegrates even more, Jimmie continues to cling to the promises. To an adult’s hand, a friendly face, and his trusty cuddly toy.

In his fourth feature, Jesper Ganslandt (Falkenberg Farewell, The Ape) shows with great assurance and empathy how a child tries to survive in times of desperation and loss. Jimmie, with his long blonde hair and hip Fjällräven rucksack, is forced to flee Sweden in search of a secure future. The journey is long and hazardous. The question "What if it happened to us?" underpins the impressionist film Jimmie; with a simple reversal, Ganslandt brings the refugee crisis horribly close to Western European audiences. But this film also transcends its strong concept and is primarily a compelling, fascinating drama, superbly acted by Ganslandt himself and his young son Hunter.

Opening Film IFFR 2018
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Director
Jesper Ganslandt
Premiere
World premiere
Countries of production
Sweden, Austria, Croatia
Production Year
2018
Festival Edition
IFFR 2018
Length
91'
Medium
DCP
Languages
Swedish, German, Croatian
Producers
Juan Pablo Libossart / Fasad AB, Jesper Kurlandsky / Fasad AB, Hedvig Lundgren / Fasad AB, Jesper Ganslandt / Fasad AB
Production Company
Fasad AB
Sales
Fasad AB
Screenplay
Jesper Ganslandt
Cinematography
Måns Månsson
Editor
Jesper Ganslandt / Fasad , Magnus Svensson
Production Design
Johan Broomé
Sound Design
Björn Baummann
Music
Jon Ekstrand
Cast
Jesper Ganslandt, Hunter Ganslandt, Christopher Wagelin, Anna Littorin, Marita Fjeldheim Wierdal, Ellen Sarri Littorin