Works-in-Progress Documentary Session One: A Good Week for Democracy

Sweden | 150 minutes | Cecilia Björk

June 8, 2017

A Good Week for Democracy is a sharp, humoristic and unsentimental look at the largest political media event of the year in Sweden: The Almedalen Week. Thousands of people gather on this Swedish island every summer to participate in a unique civics tradition: public discourse. In this political echo chamber, it is as much about being noticed as being heard, and the rules of modern day politics become apparent-everything is political, and all politics is about communication.

This session will also feature the work-in-progress Children of Arbat directed by Hemen Kurda and produced by Plattform Produktion.

Thursday, June 8, 2017

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  • Limited Availability
  • On Standby
  • Matinee

SIFF Film Center

9:30 AM Date has passed LLimited Availability The Director and Producers of both projects scheduled to attend

Stage of Production

Feature Film Documentary
Debut Feature
Final shooting scheduled for summer 2017

Director Biography

Cecilia Björk is a poet and filmmaker born in 1981 in Härnösand in the north of Sweden. She attended the renowned seminar for poetry and prose at Biskops Arnö, and trained as a scriptwriter. Until recently she also served as Communications Manager at Bonniers Konsthall, a venue for contemporary art in central Stockholm.

Her previous short documentary "Blessed" studies how faith becomes manifest at a Chrisitian summer camp, and premiered at the Göteborg Film Festival in 2014. She is a Torino Film Lab alumni, and has served as adviser on several recent Plattform Produktion films, most notably "Ten Meter Tower".

About the Production Company

Plattform Produktion, based in Gothenburg, Sweden is one of the most innovative and cutting-edge production companies in Scandinavia. The four co-owners, Ruben Östlund, Axel Danielson, Erik Hemmendorff and Mikel Cee Carlsson, have gained international recognition for producing engaging and auteur-driven films including Ruben Östlund's The Square (Cannes Palm D'Or Winner, 2017) and Force Majeure (2014). Danielson and Van Aertryck collaborate as Directors/Producers within Plattform.  

About the Producers

Filmmakers Axel Danielson and Maximilien Van Aertryck collaborate under the banner of Plattform Produktion in Gothenburg, Sweden.

Together, Van Aertryck and Danielson direct and produce both feature length documentaries and short films. Their short films have premiered in the official competitions of Berlin, Cannes, Sundance and Toronto, earning several awards. Their recent short film, "Ten Meter Tower", has been seen by millions through the New York Times' website.

Their films aim to have a critical and humorous approach and are distinguishable through their minimalistic style, as well as theme-based rather than plot-driven narratives. They are the producers of Cecilia Björk's and Hemen Kurda's upcoming debut feature documentaries, A Good Week for Democracy and Children of Arbat.

  • Director: Cecilia Björk
  • Country: Sweden
  • Running Time: 150 minutes
  • Producer: Axel Danielson, Maximilien Van Aertryck