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Jonathan Lewald

A young boy appears on an island, gazing out towards the open water. Through the boy ́s cheek we are transported into a room, an inner room where we meet the young boy ́s gaze. The boy blushes, and sequentially the walls around him turn red. The boy is surrounded by his emotion in a claustrophic aura, but by controlling his gaze, his feelings can make the blushing go away. The film Blushing (Rodnad) concludes a triologi; Grandmother’s Eye, Sacrament and Blushing.

Rodnad (Blushing) examines emotional stress and identity at three stages of life. Blushing is the involuntary reddening of a person’s face caused by embarrassment or emotional stress. It is thought that it is caused when the autonomic nervous system’s fight and flight response is thwarted. Lewald himself has not been able to blush since puberty, he believes that emotional barriers are preventing his feelings from blossoming and becoming visible.

English title Blushing
Keywords Landscape
Aspect ratio 1.78:1 (16:9)
Prod. format Generic HD-video
Duration 00:05:40
Language No dialogue
Year 2012
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About the artist

Jonathan Lewald

Born in 1979 in Västervik, Sweden. Nowadays based in Stockholm.

Jonathan Lewald works as a film director and artist. He has an MFA from the Royal Institute of Art in Stockholm, and has also studied at Bildkonstakademin: Helsingfors; Konstskolan Idun Lovén, Stockholm; Konstskolan Basis, Stockholm, including subjects such as creative writing, music and literature studies. His films have been screened at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York and several film festivals in Europe and worldwide.