The Store

  • 143'
  • Sweden
  • 2022

Supermarket employee Eleni gets promoted to the position of store manager. Having learned the rules of a neoliberal economy by day-to-day exposure on the job, she knows that from now on she's forced to push her coworkers harder and harder to deliver ever more in ever less time – which also means that maybe a cashier can't go to the toilet because the queue is too long. And if these workplace pressures mean that one of her colleagues now feels forced to hide her pregnancy for fear of getting fired, then this is just too sad. But who'd want to find oneself among those masses of homeless who live on the supermarket's still edible trash?

The Store is a surprising creation, most obviously due to its mixed nature: a good part of the scenes set in the supermarket are done as puppet animation – a harsh distancing effect that throws the social situation into sharp relief but, paradoxically enough, also elicits deep compassion for the characters. Also, while Eleni might be the key to the story, The Store has masses more on offer, mostly anecdotes, but also character sketches and situational observations that add up to a vast social canvas. A work of serious ambition perfectly delivered!

 

Olaf Möller

  • 143'
  • Sweden
  • 2022
Director
Ami-Ro Sköld
Premiere
Dutch Premiere
Countries of production
Sweden, Italy
Year
2022
Festival Edition
IFFR 2023
Length
143'
Medium
DCP
Original title
Butiken
Languages
Swedish, Russian
Producer
Lovisa Charlier
Production Companies
Onoma Productions, Indyca, Film i Väst, GötaFilm, Fidalgo Film Production
Sales
Fandango
Screenplay
Ami-Ro Sköld
Cinematography
Hanna Högstedt
Editor
Patrik Forsell
Sound Design
Davide Favargiotti
Music
Giorgio Giampà
Cast
Eliza Sica, Daysury Valencia, Arbi Alviati, Eleftheria Gerofoka

Tickets

Q&As are subject to change and may be cancelled at the last minute
  • In Person
    Thursday 26 January 2023
    LantarenVenster 4
    EN subtitles
  • In Person
    Tuesday 31 January 2023
    KINO 2
    With Q&A+EN subtitles
  • In Person
    Thursday 02 February 2023
    Cinerama 3
    EN subtitles
Director
Ami-Ro Sköld
Premiere
Dutch Premiere
Countries of production
Sweden, Italy
Year
2022
Festival Edition
IFFR 2023
Length
143'
Medium
DCP
Original title
Butiken
Languages
Swedish, Russian
Producer
Lovisa Charlier
Production Companies
Onoma Productions, Indyca, Film i Väst, GötaFilm, Fidalgo Film Production
Sales
Fandango
Screenplay
Ami-Ro Sköld
Cinematography
Hanna Högstedt
Editor
Patrik Forsell
Sound Design
Davide Favargiotti
Music
Giorgio Giampà
Cast
Eliza Sica, Daysury Valencia, Arbi Alviati, Eleftheria Gerofoka