Director Margien Rogaar devel­oped the script of Maybe Sweden in collab­o­ra­tion with theatre collec­tive Wunder­baum, that also plays the five leading roles. Elements of their perfor­mance Welcome in my Back­yard, about a group of ideal­ists receiving polit­ical refugees in their back­yard who have exhausted all legal proce­dures, are incor­po­rated in this feature film about five book worms on a reading holiday in a beau­tiful country house some­where in South Europe. By the pool, in the hammock and even round the camp­fire they are buried in their books. Or they discuss liter­a­ture. This changes when they come across a sleeping Ghanaian in the garden. The rather mousy Mira takes care of his ill mother and, soon, of other stranded boat people. The haven of peace changes into an aid station, not to every­one’s plea­sure. Harm­less colli­sions — does the Ghanaian have to read Michel Houelle­becq to gain a better under­standing of Europe? — get out of hand more and more, until the idyll crumbles.

Credits

Production Design
Sound Design
Production company
Noa Entertainment BV
Zoo Pictures
Productiehuis Rotterdam
TV company
VPRO TV
Distributor NL
Cinema Delicatessen

Title: Maybe Sweden
Year: 2006
Duration : 1 hour, 20 minutes
Category: Feature film
Edition: NFF 2006

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