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Festen - The celebration
BY
Per Teljer

In The Celebration from 2001, Teljer revisits and develops characters and themes addressed in his earlier film Miami (1997). In The Celebration we encounter three similar characters, outsiders with few prospects. Long version: In The Celebration from 2001, Teljer revisits and develops characters and themes addressed in his earlier film Miami (1997). There we got to know two young men in a period of social flight from the status of losers at school to the status of social outsiders and losers as such. They hang out in a Gothenburg suburb wasting their time and life, patrolling the area in a cheap car on the lookout for a nihilistic substitute for meaning and purpose – or just people weaker than themselves, to terrorise and bully.

In The Celebration we encounter three similar characters, outsiders living on state benefits with few prospects, trying to celebrate New Year’s Eve together in a rundown block of flats in suburbia. While at the welfare centre earlier that day, Anders ran into a bullied victim from his past days at school.

Excerpt from the essay ‘Misanthropic Excursion’ © Gisle L. Johannessen From the book ‘Solidarity Lost, Per Teljer – Ten years of work’ © 2007 Teljer/Wallström

Aspect ratio 1,78:1 (4:3 Letterbox)
Prod. format Generic SD-video
Duration 00:42:00
Language Swedish
Color Color
Year 2001
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About the artist

Per Teljer is born 1970 in Sweden and lives in Berlin. He works exclusively with video-art. ‘…The violence of Teljer’s works is far from grandiose. It is the petty violence of the small town, made nastier still in that it is personally directed and so much part of everyday life. Teljer as victim is also not the martyr sacrificing himself to some great cause rather he is one of innocents massacred and unnumbered. His characters are the harmless, the helpless, and the handicapped and it is precisely those least able to defend themselves that are victimised…’

/William Easton

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