A Separation / Att Skiljas

They have been married for 38 years. Over the past 15 years they have been sleeping in separate bedrooms. Now, one of them wants a divorce. The villa is already on sale.
Is it ok to throw away the old wedding dress? What do you do with the crystal glasses that nobody wants?
In her debut documentary, Karin Ekberg follows her parents with the camera during a year of their lives. A year where nothing is the same.
We meet them for the first time in what was once their shared home. Things need to be divided. The rooms are desolate, occasional furniture here and there. The mother has already moved and now it’s just the last things to sort out. „Do you want this or not? You’ve never liked it! „It’s nervy. Loaded. The father carries out stuff to the car, he stops for a bit and wants to remember, in search for feelings that once existed.
The mother is impatient to get going. She doesn’t want to remember.
What happens between two people who get divorced? Who perhaps should have divorced a long time ago. A SEPARATION is a tragicomedy that portrays the very last acts of a long marriage. A film about the tentative search for a beginning in what – at last, and unfortunately – is over. www.aseparation.se


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58 / 72 min

Karin Ekberg

Momento Film in co-production with SVT in association with NRK

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Festivals / Awards

CPH:DOX 2013
Tempo Documentary Festival 2014
Thessaloniki IFF 2014
Nordic Docs 2014 (Best Nordic Documentary Award)
Krakow FF 2014
Nordisk Panorama Malmö 2014
Documentarist IDF Istanbul 2015