ACCIDENT - A family portrait

Author: NordicStories

How to take a family photo where one of the members is no longer alive, and the family, apart from his wife, are against the whole project.

  • The family portrait | Copyright: © Hallvard Bræin - NordicStories

    The family portrait © Hallvard Bræin - NordicStories

  • Vilde Frang | Copyright: © Hallvard Bræin - NordicStories

    Vilde Frang © Hallvard Bræin - NordicStories

  • Natasa Novotna and Vaclav Kunes in front of the family | Copyright: © Hallvard Bræin - NordicStories

    Natasa Novotna and Vaclav Kunes in front of the family © Hallvard Bræin - NordicStories

In 'Accident', death comes unexpectedly and abruptly to a family that has recently been challenged by the pater familia’s marriage to a much younger woman. As is well known, it takes only one person to disrupt any atmosphere, to divide family members, and to destroy a family culture that has been built up over generations. The new young wife is such a person. When he dies suddenly, perhaps of Covid-19, perhaps in a car accident, it becomes extremely important to her to immediately push through the delayed plan for a new family photo. She forces the family to the photographer, who is unaware of the condition of the head of the family and is appalled at having to deal with such an unthinkable situation. How to take a family photo where one of the members is no longer alive, and where the rest of the family, apart from the young wife, struggles to hide their opposition to the whole project? It becomes a grotesque task for the photographer.

The primary focus throughout the film is the actual work of getting the picture taken. This will be interrupted by short sequences in which the individual family members and their relationships to each other are revealed.

EugèneYsaye's violin sonatas are virtuoso works of great emotional power, and Vilde Frang adds nuances and depth to the abstract. Along with the visual and the choreographic, there is the potential for a very complex and humorous alchemy with unprecedented possibilities for tonal and kinetic combinations.

English title Accident - A family portrait
Genre Dancefilm
Recording location Czech-TV, Prague
Recording date June 307h-July 3rd
Production year 2021
Duration 00:31:36
Video format 16:9
Audio format 5:1
Production Company NordicStories
Co-Production Company Czech-TV
Producer Zuzana Svobodova
Director of Photography Hallvard Bræin
Sound Engineer Gaute Nistov/Vojtêch Komárek
English title of music work Six Sonatas for solo violin, Op 27
Composer Eugène-Auguste Ysaÿe
Choreography by Jo Strømgren
Dance Company 420 People/Jo Strømgren Kompani
Soloist Vilde Frang
Costumes Olo Křížová
Sets Vladimír Soukenka
Main Actor Francesca Amante
Main Actor Viktor Konvalinka
Main Actor Václav Kuneš
Main Actor Nataša Novotná
Main Actor Jo Strømgren
Main Actor Maja Dworak Strømgren
Main Actor Line Tørmoen
Main Actor Rosta Novak sen
Editor Geir Monk Eilertsen
Distribution TV EuroArts
Distribution theatrical EuroArts



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