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Bergsmark & Hammarberg:
Ester Martin Bergsmark & Mark Hammarberg

Swallow it is an experimental blend of documentary and feature film. Some twelve year olds are smashing baby dolls in the woods. A mosquito sucks blood from a senior citizen. He’s got Hepatitis C. Some kids just set the traffic circle on fire. It’s funny. It’s funny because it’s true. 

English title Swallow it
Keywords Experimental, Documentary
Aspect ratio 1,78:1 (16:9)
Prod. format Generic SD-video
Duration 00:28:46
Language English & Swedish
Color Color
Year 2006
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About the artists

Ester Martin Bergsmark

Born in 1982.

Ester Martin Bergsmark is a Swedish director and manuscript writer who is currently a doctoral candidate in performative and mediated practices – with specializations in film and media at the Stockholm University of the Arts. He was a part of the rut film collective that was founded in Malmö 2004 by three young documentary filmmakers. Rut’s goal was to make playful, experimental and political film where everything was allowed. The company produces both fiction and documentaries, and has a network that includes all kinds of artists since a blend of expressions enlightens the film. Rut has been described as one of the actors in the new Swedish cinema that challenges the roles of film making. Swedish director Lukas Moodysson is involved in the project as a dramaturgist: ”This project is not only very exciting, it’s a new way of making film”. Ester Martin Bergsmark and Mark Hammarberg complement each other well and have developed a characteristic but innovative style. They have directed several films together such as Hejdå lägenhet (2004), Swallow it (2006), and the Gulbagge-winning Maggie vaknar på balkongen (2008).

Ester Martin Bergsmark has since directed “Smågodis, katter och lite våld” (2018), “Nånting måste gå sönder” (2014), “Pojktanten” (2012), “Dirty Diaries” (2009), and “Fruitcake” (2009).

Mark Hammarberg

Born in 1979 in Gothenburg, Sweden.

Mark Hammarberg is a Swedish director and part of the rut film collective that was founded in Malmö 2004 by three young documentary filmmakers. Rut’s goal was to make playful, experimental and political film where everything was allowed. The company produces both fiction and documentaries, and has a network that includes all kinds of artists since a blend of expressions enlightens the film. Rut has been described as one of the actors in the new Swedish cinema that challenges the roles of film making. Swedish director Lukas Moodysson is involved in the project as a dramaturgist: ”This project is not only very exciting, it’s a new way of making film”

Ester Martin Bergsmark and Mark Hammarberg complement each other well and have developed a characteristic but innovative style. They have directed several films together such as Hejdå lägenhet (2004), Swallow it (2006), and the Gulbagge-winning Maggie vaknar på balkongen (2008).

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