Granny’s Dancing on the Table

Sweden 2015. Dir: Hanna Sköld. 85 min. DCP

VANCOUVER PREMIERE | Told in both live action and stop-motion puppet animation, this powerful and deeply disturbing film tells a story of intergenerational domestic abuse in dark, fairy-tale-like hues. In the live-action sections, 13-year-old Eini lives with her brutal, religious-zealot father deep in the woods, isolated from the outside world. Eini’s father demands complete obedience, violently punishing his daughter for the slightest infraction. For refuge, Eini retreats into a fantasy world where she imagines the life of her grandmother, who left the family and created a new life abroad. Told in stop-motion, Granny’s story reveals a family history of generations of women mistreated and controlled by men. As her father’s brutality reaches new depths (be warned: the violence depicted in the film is hard to watch), Eini tries to find the strength to plan her own escape.

Post-screening discussion with Shannon Guiboche, a trauma counsellor with Family Services of Greater Vancouver involved in both Victim Services and Counselling programs. Shannon currently provides services through the VISAC (Vancouver Incest and Sexual Abuse Centre) Counselling Program.

Co-sponsored by the Counselling, Trauma and Victim Services Programs at Family Services of Greater Vancouver, whose programs support people who experience a range of power-based crimes including domestic violence, criminal harassment, sexual assault, and childhood abuse.

Moderated by Dr. Harry Karlinsky, Clinical Professor, Department of Psychiatry, University of British Columbia.

 

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"Highly accomplished ... A thought-provoking work that doesn't pull any punches."

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