Two adolescents meet and cautiously fall in love at the peak of an idyllic Swedish summer. Oblivious to social boundaries, they innocently create their own milieu in contrast to the distorted relationships and disillusionment of the adult world around them. Beautifully shot by Elvira Madigan cinematographer Jorgen Persson, Roy Anderssons debut feature drew favourable comparisons with the work of the great Ingmar Bergman.
ROY ANDERSSON (born 1943) started his film career with short films „Visiting Your Son” (1967) and „Getting the Bike” (1968). You will see both of them also in Sleepwalkers. Andersson’s first feature was „A Swedish Love Story” (1970), where the young Andersson gave a deep look into the world of love. This film won in Berlinale four prizes and was very successful amongst the audience. His next film „Gilliap” (1976) was black comedy with a very serious style. After that Andersson quit with films and made only advertisements.
In 1981 Andersson created his own company and explained that he wanted to be free in his creation. After that he made many very special and successful ads, which won all together eight Golden Lions in Cannes.
In 1987 he made a short film about AIDS „Something Happened”. This film was supposed to be shown in Swedish schools, but was denied, as it was too shocking.
In his next film „World of Glory” (1991) Andersson went even futher with his serious… read more
A tender, sensitive and beautiful teen love story, with undercurrents of eccentricity and tension. The pointedly Swedish mix of Elvira Madigan softness, Bergmanesque angst and Andersson's own stabs of satire and wit leave it up in the air as to which tendency will win out. A remarkable film, anyway.