„Lamento“ has been released on DVD in Germany (missingfilms/indigo). The disc contains the feature film with German or English subtitles, as well as the 2008 short film „Havet“ by Lamento-director Jöns Jönsson. The 23-minute film was produced during his time at the Filmuniversität Babelsberg and premiered in 2009 at the Berlinale.
Jöns Jönsson´s LAMENTO joins the 38th Mostra Internacional de Cine in Sao Paulo, in the competition section „Competição Novos Diretores”. The festival takes place end of October.
„Lamento“ opens in cinemas in Germany on October 9 , released by distributor MissingFILMs, who have also taken over world sales duties for the film.
Magdalena picks up her grand-son from piano lessons, eats dinner with his family, visits the bar. She unsuccessfully tries to sell her daughters dog, she consults a medium. Since Sara´s suicide, Magdalena shields herself from the pain and loss of her daughter, by immersing herself into rituals of everyday life. It is only when Sara´s ex-boyfriend comes to visit, that sorrow finally finds its way through denial, speachlessness and feelings of guilt.
Cast: Gunilla Röör, Hendrik Kraft, Elin Söderquist, Björn Andersson, Andreas Kundler, Sandra Huldt, Simon J. Berger, Inga Landgré, and many others…
director/writer: Jöns Jönsson director of photography: Johannes Louis
set design: Hillevi Rhodin, Sanne Wahlgren sound: Alexandra Praet sound supervisor: Nils Vogel film editor: Stefan Oliveira Pita production managers: Dana Löffelholz, Jacob Eklund (SE)
line producer (HFF): Ursula Kalb-Krieg producers: Maxim Juretzka, Jost Hering
- FIRST STEPS AWARD 2013 (best feature film)
Before its official premiere, „Lamento“ was awarded the FIRST STEPS AWARD 2013. The award is given annually to graduates of German film schools and is donated by the German Film Academy, with support from TV-conglomerate ProSiebenSat1.Media AG, Nico Hofmann`s teamworx/UFA, SpiegelTV and Mercedes Benz.
First Steps Award Jury:
„(…) A quiet, enigmatic and very moving film about the lies and secrets that a mother drives herself into, after the incomprehensible death of her daughter. Cinematicly mature, with prudent photography and lighting, gentle tone and very unusual actors (first and foremost the great Gunilla Röör), „Lamento“ impresses primarily through its narrative maturity, in which intensity is formed from plainness.“
- Prädikat „Besonders wertvoll“ . The film received the highest rating from German cultural rating board, Film- und Medienbewertung (FBW) Wiesbaden.
“(…) Hard to believe, that this intense feature is a debut. LAMENTO surmounts by far the usual display of talent on a debut feature film.The directing of the actors is confident in every scene (…). The camera is always close to whats going on, the angles are accurately chosen, the movements of the camera are unintrusive and precise. The lighting is flawless.(…). Jönsson delivers a multi-layered drama, demanding and enriching to the viewer, which constitutes hope for more impressive works.“
- Best Editing award , 43rd Intl. student film festival sehsuechte Potsdam, 2014
- 64. Internationale Filmfestspiele Berlin 2014 (Premiere)
Perspektive Deutsches Kino
- 43. International Student Film Festival „Sehsuechte“ Potsdam, 2014
Feature film competition
- 17th Shanghai International Film Festival, 2014
Panorama Spectrum section
- Filmfestival Kitzbühel, 2014
Feature film competition
- Cine Campus Intl. Student´s Film Festival Puerto Rico, 2014
Feature film programme
- German Film Week, Goethe Institute Beirut 2014
- International Filmfest Potsdam, 2014
- 38. Mostra Internacional de Cine in São Paulo, 2014
Competition: Competição Novos Diretores
Germany, theatrical: 09. October 2014
Germany, DVD: 23. October 2015
„Lamento“ is the graduation film of HFF „Konrad Wolf“´ students Jöns Jönsson (director/writer), Dana Löffelholz (production manager) and Nils Vogel (sound). Johannes Louis (DoP) is a student of the master class at the HFF. The rest of the crew comprises of Swedish and German film talents and young film makers.
GUNILLA RÖÖR („Magdalena“)
The renowned Swedish actress from film and stage stars as the films ́ lead. Gunilla Röör graduated 1986 from the school of dramatic arts in Stockholm and went on to receive the Swedish film award Guldbagge twice (for 1992 ́s “Freud leaving home” and “Sommaren” in 1995), and was also honoured for her stage acting work. For “The Guardian Angel” (1990) she was nominated for a European Film Award for Best Supporting Actress. Since 2008, she also teaches at the Göteborg university.
JÖNS JÖNSSON (writer/director)
Jönsson was born in Stockholm. After school, he moved to Italy, before studying cultural studies in Lund. In 2006 he began his studies at film school HFF „Konrad Wolf“ in Potsdam-Babelsberg. He has written and directed numerous plays and short films, most noteably „Havet“ (2009, Best short film at Timishort Film festival; Berlinale 2009) and „Wertingen“ (2011, Festival du Cinema de Brive).
A BuntFilm / HFF „Konrad Wolf“ co-production
funded by MEDIENBOARD BERLIN BRANDENBURG
in association with B-Reel Feature Films (Stockholm)