Docpoint – Helsinki Documentary Film Festival

Programme (2020)

Ridge (2020)

Ridge (Säsong) captures the dreamy haze of a Swedish summer in images of light and landscape and little fragments of random lives. Director John Skoog’s feature debut is an ambitious, immersive documentary/drama hybrid. Ridge is largely set around the small village of Kvidinge in northern Scania where Skoog was born. His brother Aron is a central figure in a cast of characters that include local residents and some actors. Many members of the crew have previously collaborated on shorts made in Kvidinge and add to the sense of something deeply rooted in a specific place.

This is a film to witness and experience rather than try to comprehend.

Over the course of the film we witness farm workers and holidaymakers, aimless youngsters treating the countryside as their playground, the importance of animals and the relationship between humans and machines. Cows are milked by robots, threshing machines gobble up the harvest, another machine strips bare fallen trees.

Skoog has a fondness for tracking shots and twilight hour light. The star of Ridge is Ita Zbroniec-Zajt’s evocative cinematography which won the Sven Nykvist Cinematography Award at this year’s Göteborg Film Festival. Zbroniec-Zajt does a terrific job of capturing the blush of red in a fading night sky, the shaft of bright light illuminating a green field or the flicker of flames from a blazing car.

Allan Hunter, Screen Daily

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Film Title : Ridge
Language : englanti, ruotsi, puola
Director : John Skoog
Year : 2019
Length : 71
Age limit : S
Format : DCP
Cinematographer : Ita Zbroniec-Zajt
Editing : Agnieszka Glinska
Producer : Erik Hemmendorff
Production Company : Plattform Produktion
Title in Original Language : Säsong

Screenings :
Tue 28.1. at 20.45, Maxim 2
Sat 1.2. at 12.00, Maxim 1