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Sofie Gråbøl – The Shift #Berlinale2022

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At the 72nd Berlinale, Sofie Gråbøl welcomes us in the unconventional world of midwives as seen by Lone Scherfig.

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PODCAST | Chiara Nicoletti interviews Sofie Gråbøl, actress of the series The Shift.

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At the 72nd Berlinale, Sofie Gråbøl is the protagonist of Lone Scherfig series The Shift, set into the undiscovered world of midwives: their job, their struggles, their essential role in every person’s birth. The actress describes her character and her work on portraying the “midwife” in a very detailed and truthful way.

The Shift : Birth is one of our few unifying experiences and its arena the maternity ward where, during a busy workday, the staff experience conflicts and heartfelt joys, while striving to be at their best. On the surface, they are full of goodwill, close-knit, often witty colleagues who understand one another better than their family. Sometimes they bow to the pressure of work and huge psychological demands. Like Head of Department Ella, who is surrounded by new life each day, while secretly wishing for her own children; but she has a hard time forming close relationships. Or pediatrician Jerry, whose marriage is falling apart, a fact his religious community is not supposed to know. They and those passing through are from all walks of life, representing all facets of society. Yet they all share this place, a venue of suspense, shame, guilt and insecurity, but also a world of triumphs, humor, trust, love and unfathomable bliss.Birth is one of our few unifying experiences and its arena the maternity ward where, during a busy workday, the staff experience conflicts and heartfelt joys, while striving to be at their best. On the surface, they are full of goodwill, close-knit, often witty colleagues who understand one another better than their family. Sometimes they bow to the pressure of work and huge psychological demands. Like Head of Department Ella, who is surrounded by new life each day, while secretly wishing for her own children; but she has a hard time forming close relationships. Or pediatrician Jerry, whose marriage is falling apart, a fact his religious community is not supposed to know. They and those passing through are from all walks of life, representing all facets of society. Yet they all share this place, a venue of suspense, shame, guilt and insecurity, but also a world of triumphs, humor, trust, love and unfathomable bliss.

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  • Reporter
    Chiara Nicoletti
  • Guest
    Sofie Gråbøl
  • Interviewee role
    Actress
  • Film title
    The Shift
  • Festival section
    Berlinale Series
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