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Erik Pauser

A few years ago, Johan Jönson released the acclaimed book “Efter arbetsschema” (After Work Schedule) through Bonniers publishing house. An extraordinary 800-page poetic self-confession, diary, and contemporary reflection. Since then, he has published two more poetry works, each around 1000 pages long, been involved in last year’s class hate debate, and has been hailed as one of Sweden’s most significant working-class poets. Johan Jönson presents a new way of looking at the world he inhabits. He writes as candidly about himself as he does about the people he encounters. He doesn’t shy away from violence, self-hatred, and the unsettling thought impulses that pass through his mind. At times, he writes with a twisted, brutal humor.

The film delves into Johan Jönson’s world: elderly and disabled care facilities, emergency rooms, the writer’s refuge known as “the bunker,” factories, call centers, restaurants, and job centers. This documentary navigates through a concealed public realm, capturing the essence of contemporary society. For many years, Johan Jönson has worked in industries and healthcare, often on night shifts. In a unique manner, he captures this timeless Swedish reality. Jönson’s depiction of the conditions of work is unvarnished, yet it also carries a tenderness when observing the workers.

The poets children ask if they are poor. He describes his disadvantaged position. The anxiety and inadequacies. The lack of money. How he struggles against his own body, his obesity, his pain, and his anger against the injustices he witnesses.

Erik Pauser has created this film in close collaboration with photographer Lars Tunbjörk, who is responsible for cinematography in a film for the first time.

“After Arbetsschema” is produced by AMP Film in co-production with SVT K-Special and with support from the Swedish Film Institute.

About the author Johan Jönson:He has won the Aftonbladet Literature Prize in 2008 and was nominated for the Nordic Council Literature Prize in 2009. His book “Livsdikt” (Life Poem) in 2010 received considerable attention and was nominated for the August Prize. In January 2012, he published his latest book, the 1200-page “”

About the photographer Lars Tunbjörk (1956-2015):Tunbjörk’s photobook and exhibition “Landet utom sig” (Country Beside Itself) from 1993 made his humorous and surreal images of Swedish society known to a broader audience. In his projects, Lars Tunbjörk explored the reality of our time as it manifested in work life and leisure, in public spaces and at home. He was a frequent contributor to leading magazines worldwide, with The New York Times Magazine as one of his main communication channels. Lars Tunbjörk was a member of the photo agency VU in Paris and was represented by Galleri Nordenhake in Berlin.

Aspect ratio 1.78:1 (16:9)
Prod. format Generic HD-video
Duration 00:58:00
Language Swedish
Color Color
Sound Dolby Surround 5.1
Year 2013
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About the artist

Erik Pauser

Erik Pauser is active as a director, producer and artist and works with film, visual arts, installation and stage performances.

Erik Pauser has produced and directed around 20 longer international documentaries and a number of shorter films.
His films and works are often based on social and historical processes. The film The Two Faces of Roman Martinez is about three generations of American war veterans who suffer from PTSD. This work led him to make the film The Face of the Enemy, which depicts the experiences of Vietnamese war veterans from what they call the American War, the war known in the West as the Vietnam War. Together with the photographer Lars Tunbjörk, he made the film Maskinen about the poet Johan Jönson. He has collaborated with Michael von Hausswolff, with Leif Elggren, Cecilia Parsberg and Johanna Ekström and a number of other artists and filmmakers. Together with Johan Söderberg, he has produced and directed the films Information is Free and Electronic Pollution as well as the feature film Lucky People Center International, which was produced by Lars Jönsson and Memfis film. Erik Pauser was executive producer for the English feature film Swimming with Men, which premiered in July 2018 in UK cinemas. Right now he is working on a film about the artist Leif Elggren.

Erik Pauser has been active as an artist primarily with installations and visual art. His works have been shown at exhibitions in Europe, Asia and the USA. Recent projects include the film and installation A Place in Europe that he made in collaboration with Cecilia Parsberg. The film was shown on cinema and TV in Sweden and as an installation version that toured Swedish cities. With the artist and writer Johanna Ekström, he made a series of projects, including the installation Brott, which was first shown at Färgfabriken in Stockholm. The exhibition consisted, among other things, of a large estate that had been ground to pieces. The project also resulted in a performance at Dansen Hus in Stockholm. The films The Two Faces of Roman Martinez and The Face of the Enemy about the two sides in the Vietnam War were also shown as installations at, among others, the Norrköping Art Museum and the Konsthallen Gothenburg.

During the 1980s, together with Carl Michael von Hausswolff and Ulrich Hillebrand, he ran one of Sweden’s most noted record companies/culture companies, Radium 226.05. The company released artists such as Freddie Wadling, Union Carbide productions, Sator Codex, Blue for Two as well as a series of pioneering experimental records with Leif Elggren among others. Radium also ran a gallery, organized festivals, produced short films, exhibitions and published a magazine. During Radium’s 7-year history, the company issued approx. 70 CDs and LPs.