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Bägaren är rågad
Debora Elgeholm

Within Catholicism, apparitions of the Virgin Mary are relatively common. They are often seen in times of political unrest and war, and the Virgin Mary’s message is connected to this. In the film The cup is already filling up, three different events are joined together: The apparitions of Our Lady in Fatima (1917), in Garabandal (1961-1965), and in Medjugorje (1981- ). What they have in common is that those who saw the apparitions were children. When the apparition is described, the focus is on the message from the Virgin Mary. The children’s faith or trance-like state is also emphasised as proof that the apparition is “genuine” and credible.
Using archive material, both images and text, a narrative is created by using the children’s own experiences in The cup is already filling up. It deals with the feeling of being chosen, and the responsibility that comes with being the Virgin Mary’s messenger. The archive material is mixed with contemporary pictures from the locations, which connects them to the present time, and show the continued importance of these events for people.

The film is funded from Konstnärsnämnden and Helge Ax:son Johnssons foundation.

English title The Cup Is Already Filling Up
Aspect ratio 1.78:1 (16:9)
Prod. format Generic HD-video
Duration 00:08:16
Language English & Swedish
Color Color
Sound Stereo
Year 2018
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About the artist

Debora Elgeholm

Debora Elgeholm (1976, Sweden) received her MA from School of Photography and Film in Gothenburg, followed by further studies at the Royal Institute of Art, Stockholm.

In her documentary and essayistic films Debora Elgeholm often investigate the connection between different societies and different religious persuasions, as well as relationship between individuals and social, political, and religious groups. The films are often based on quotes and interviews, where the personal story is connected to wider contexts, but Elgeholm also examines the lingering memories of places, times, and events.
Through using archive material as photos, books, films and music Elgeholm put together works that becomes a documentation over tendencies i society, as the fear for invasion from the east during the Cold War, or the heritage of colonialism in missionary work. Debora Elgeholm, b 1976, lives and works in Stockholm, Sweden. Her work has been exhibited in galleries and museums as Bonniers konsthall, and at festivals such as Kurzfilmtage Oberhausen and IFFR Rotterdam. During the winter 2018/19 she has had a studio residency at Iaspis in Stockholm.