Sweden, 2018
88 minutes
directed by: Malla Grapengiesser, Per Bifrost and Alexander Rynéus

"Giants and the Morning After" is a cinematic hit whose screenings are currently taking place throughout Sweden, while at the same time embarking on a trip to world festivals. The director's trio, Malla Grapengiesser, Per Bifrost and Alexander Ryneus made funny and revealing walk through a Swedish small place in a country side. By combining myths, fairy tales and everyday realism, Swedish authors create a discrete comedy in a documentary of an unusual atmosphere.

Layers of past time interweave with everyday life. Beautiful, thick, dark forests enclose Idra. Neat spaces filled with houses, farms, small companies. Everyone here, both old and young, has one's own business or entertainment, and together they create this little world in which everybody has an important place and a sense of belonging. In scenes of church gatherings, joint artistic endeavors, business ventures, children's games or discreetly shot warm, intimate moments we witness the richness of life. Even when various newcomers are coming, planned or unplanned, they do not disturb the true peace of this small place immersed in a nature of the untouched beauty. Nevertheless, behind all this, in the darkness of the forest and in the shadows of giants that once shifted rocks, there is some dark anxiety that creates a threat to this rural idyll.

Malla Grapengiesser, Per Bifrost and Alexander Ryneus equally convincingly create a view of space and people, as well of intimate circles of friendship and love. They turn this seductive portrait of the seemingly sleepy Swedish countryside into a funny, lively and playful picture. Great, brilliant cinema!

Malla Grapengiesser

Born July 6, 1953, is a Swedish director and film producer. She has mainly produced documentary films, but also worked with feature films, including novel films. Among her most famous films is the multiple award-winning documentary, Searching for Sugar Man.

Per Bifrost and Alexander Rynéus

Malla Grapengiesser is a young producer and director of documentary films, while Per Bifrost and Alexander Rynéus are young directors and cinematographers.

Selected collective filmography

  • GIANTS AND THE MORNING AFTER (Händelser i Ydre), 2018
  • THE HOME AND THE CAVITY (Malmberget), 2013