An invitation to step inside the beautiful confusion of nature in Swedish artist John Skoog’s innovative and luscious CPH:Dox award-winning debut.
Dir John Skoog
Prod Erik Hemmendorff
Scr John Skoog, Anna Karisinska
With Agnieszka Podsiadlik, Artur Krajewski, Mateusz Wieclawek
Prod Co Plattform Produktio
With English subtitles
A poetic delight, Ridge employs the breathtaking landscape of director Skoog’s native Skåne County, in southernmost Sweden, as both stage and protagonist. In this hybrid fiction-documentary piece the aural, visual and physical senses of a place are explored through a series of imagined and re-played vignettes. Pastoral scenes and fragments of stories are juxtaposed, building a non-linear snapshot of lives lived on the periphery. Ita Zbroniec-Zajt’s award-winning fluid cinematography (winner, Göteborg Film Festival’s Sven Nykvist Cinematography Award) elegantly captures the rhythms and colours of life: one summer at the foot of the Söderåsen ridge, where animals, plants, machines and people function within and are shaped by the terrain. We are invited to make associative connections and, ultimately, to immerse ourselves in the glorious sensual and emotional experience of this extraordinary film.