|ONE NIGHT IN STOCKHOLM (Short film)
8-9 minutes, scheduled to be shot in September 2012
One night in Stockholm a gypsy singer meets a Viking street performer. As they start fighting for the tourists in the street, they learn what true friendship, kindness and homeland is all about. First of all, it is a story about lost people. They cannot find their place in life and within themselves. They are obliged to wear masks and pretend to be someone they’re not. They need to follow artificial rules at work and at home. “All the world's a stage, and all the men and women merely players”. They are playing life but not living it. However, man is not an island, but a bridge. A friend’s hand one night will help to break out of the carnival chains that we created for ourselves.
This film is a costume extravaganza. But as any masquerade, it leaves us with both joyful and bitter feelings: did we manage to figure out who was hiding behind the mask?
DINA is a street singer. Her oriental gypsy costume reveals that she doesn’t belong to any country. She’s a vagabond spirit, carrying with her the legends of Ancient lands. When she walks, her earrings and bracelets jingle, which makes her every movement a pleasure not only for an eye, but also for an ear. Like an pagan God-mother, bayadere, or priestess, she’s noble, mysterious and frightening in the power of her femininity. However, her young age and lack of mundane experience make her vulnerable and helpless in dealing with day-to-day problems.
MARCO is a hunter. Like Dina, he’s working in the street, attracting tourists with his Viking costume. From the first glance, his Viking outfit reflects his inner might and will-power. His Spanish origins add to this super-hero image a charming scent of gallantry and romantics. Unfortunately this all-women-dream picture crashes during the first moments of Marco’s appearance on the screen. The macho-mask hides a capricious little boy. Meeting Dina makes him remember his old longing for a homeland - where he wouldn’t have to wear the clown costume to earn a living. His artificial beard is very symbolic - he takes it on and off as if trying to figure out if he is Swedish or not. Until he gives it to -
Man in BANANA costume. Banana is the climax allegory of all misplaced people who have to wear masks and costumes to fit in the society. Banana is like Malevich’s Black Square – everyone can see in him whatever they like. Banana is not given any distinct character, because his personality was completely devastated by his costume. In fact, this emptiness gives the chance to the audience to fill it with their own worries and fears. Everyone can be banana.
This film will be shot in Drottninggatan, in the center of Stockholm.