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One day, without warning, a father jumps to his death from his office window. The son finds a message: “I hope you will like me again one day.” This film, made 25 years after the event, is dedicated to that sentence. It kept haunting the boy, Erik Bäfving. Can you love a father who simply vanishes without giving you any chance to ask why? As a child Erik Bäfving retired into the world of his drawings. Now he meticulously analyses the family photos. Negatives are turned into positives and vice versa. But it’s better to mistrust the arrangements, for the family chronicle turns more and more into the writing on the wall that no generation can escape. The photos lose their familiar chronological position, whirling around until they find new reference points that suggest dependencies and fears.
Erik Bäfving was born in 1973 in Malmö, Sweden. He has been working as a director and editor since 1996. In 2002 his short film Boogie Woogie Daddy won several international awards and was nominated for a Guldbagge (the annual Swedish film prize) for best documentary. The film was followed by Get busy, a documentary for cinema, also nominated for a Guldbagge for best documentary. In addition to directing documentaries he works as a narrative consultant and editor for both documentary and feature films.
(selected): Boogie Woogie Pappa (2001), Get Busy (2004), Inbetweener (2011), With Open Eyes (2013)