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Den heliga Graal
Magdalena Ljung

A film about existential questions and self chosen childlessness. Her film I haven’t asked for this from 2007 is about the same thing. Three years later the artist revisited the same topic speaking about this hard choice in life as she walks around in surroundings characterized by coldness and loneliness but also by freedom and strength. Karen Blixen said once that no one can chase The Holy Grail with a baby stroller. Is that really so? And what is The Holy Grail, that one sacrifice so much for? The film is produced in collaboration with Niklas Rydén.

English title The Holy Grail
Keywords Feminism
Aspect ratio 1.78:1 (16:9)
Prod. format
Duration 00:14:13
Language Swedish
Year 2010
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About the artist

Magdalena Ljung

Magdalena Ljung, f.d. Dziurlikowska (b. 1975 in Warsaw) lives and works in Stockholm. She received her MA from Konstfack University of Arts and Crafts and works predominately with video.

Magdalena Ljung’s video works linger on the crossroads between documentary and fiction. Her themes originate from her own life, she plays herself and interpret existential questions, hardships and adventures. The starting point is the self-experienced and the script is based upon such, while the imagery is symbolic and associative. Everyday life, surrealism, humour and feminism become a narrative which encompasses a personal story and the wider contemporary sphere.

Magdalena Ljung’s work has been exhibited in galleries and museums such as Eskilstuna konstmuseum, Kulturhuset and Liljevalchs konsthall, and at film festivals, such as Tempo Documentary Festival, Uppsala and Oberhausen international short film festivals. Ljung is also an art critic for the daily press and a guest teacher at art schools.