Sweden | 2012 | 96 minutes | Patrik Eklund
In this off-kilter ensemble comedy, a telecom in the town of Backberga is poised to make a long-overdue service upgrade when an accident triggers a power failure, setting off a cascade of bizarre mishaps and missed love connections.
June 3, 2013
Kirkland Performance Center
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June 6, 2013
SIFF Cinema Uptown Festival
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June 9, 2013
SIFF Cinema Egyptian
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There’s something strange, and strangely hilarious, afoot in the Swedish town of Backberga. The city’s biggest employer, an electric utility called Unicom, suffers from frequent blackouts and constant harassment from a Luddite group of anti-technology zealots. A freak accident causes a major power failure, setting in motion a cascade of unfortunate events for the townspeople. Unicom’s chief accountant, Kenneth (Jacob Nordenson), is the company’s scapegoat for all that goes wrong in the office. He’s equally unlucky in the romance department, despite having a haircut that slightly resembles Ted Danson’s majestic coif. Meanwhile, Unicom cleaning lady Birgitta (Anki Larsson), suffers an emotional setback when her therapy session to cure her arachnophobia is cut short by a blackout at the worst possible time. Another co-worker Roland (Jimmy Lindstrom) tries to cope with a major electrical shock to his genitals soon after he and his wife Karin (Saga Garde) had decided to start having children. Writer/director Patrik Eklund, in his feature film debut, evenly sprinkles in uproarious slapstick, droll satire and poignant human emotions as these characters intertwine and react to their bizarre predicaments. Through it all, though, the characters prove surprisingly resilient in this commentary on the disruptive nature of digital communication and the ultimate triumph of face-to-face relationships.
Patrik Eklund, born in Arvidsjaur, Sweden, has written and directed a number of well-received short films, including 2008’s Instead of Abracadabra, which received an Academy Award nomination for Best Live Action Short. Flicker is Eklund’s feature film debut.
|Principal Cast:||Kjell Bergqvist, Allan Svensson, Jacob Nordenson, Anki Larsson, Olle Sarri|
|Running Time:||96 minutes|
|Producer:||Jan Blomgren, Mathias Fjellström|
|Editors:||Stefan Sundlöf, Patrik Eklund|
|Music:||John Erik Kaada|
|Awards:||Fantastic Fest 2012 (Best Picture)|
|Filmography:||Debut Feature Film|