We are far away from the Internet dating world when we gain entrance to the little office where Svetlana runs her Love Agency. Men and women from Arkhangelsk, in northwest Russia, come to her with the same dream: to find a partner in life. It’s never too late to fall in love, says Svetlana. But when people with different hopes and experiences are brought together, it is not easy to find the perfect match.
Winner of Tempo Short Award 2013, Tempo Documentary Festival
The protagonist of the documentary by young Swedish director Martina Carlstedt is pensioner Claes Swandberg, whose greatest wish is to finally make it to the nearby cinema. What if it rains? What if his sweater doesn’t match the shirt he is wearing? Probably better to stay in the safety of his own home and switch on the telly. In the total isolation of his solitary life, and out of an entirely unfounded fear of stepping outside his flat, Claes has turned his tidy home into a prison. With extreme sensitivity, this minimalistic film portrait captures Claes’s life and demonstrates just what loneliness can do to a person. –Karlovy Vary International Film Festival
Best European Short Film Documentary 2012, Go Short,The Netherlands
Best European Short Film 2011, Alcine Festival de Cine de Alcalá de Henares, Spain