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Maria Eriksson – Schoolyard Blues #KVIFF2017

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A film about a moment when children are confronted with new responsibilities

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8 min. and 17 sec.

PODCAST | Matt Micucci interviews Maria Eriksson, director of the film Schoolyard Blues.

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Fred Film Radio is media partner of the European Film Promotion (EFP) Future Frames, which presents ten outstanding young directors with their latest work at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival. Director Maria Eriksson, from Sweden, was among the ones selected for this year’s edition and presented her short film Schoolyard Blues at the 52nd Karlovy Vary International Film Festival. In this interview, Eriksson reveals to us that the movie originated from her conversations about life with screenwriter Pelle Radstrom at around the same time that they fell in love. She also talks about the challenges of making a movie about children and how she facilitated her young cast’s performances. Furthermore, Eriksson talks about her experience at Future Frames and more.

Schoolyard Blues: the first day of school is generally a happy occasion full of expectation, but little John experiences it somewhat differently. His 11-year-old brother Mika unexpectedly turns up to help him with the challenges he’ll have to face in the coming years. They have a different kind of family, and Mika does everything he can to prevent it from affecting his little brother.

For the official website of the festival, click here.

  • Reporter
    Matt Micucci
  • Guest
    Maria Eriksson
  • Interviewee role
  • Film title
    Schoolyard Blues
  • Festival section
    Future Frames
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