Per Bifrost - director filmography:
Documentary/Video installation, 46 min. 2020.
Shot in different moments in time and locations around the cavity dividing the city of Malmberget, Fragmented times accompanies a group of residents affected by the relocation of the city. The people of Malmberget is now scattered, forced to move to new homes. From afar they now witness the demolition process where memories seem to fade away and their town becomes increasingly fractured. Rynéus and Bifrost's work focuses on the heavy mood the relocation of Malmberget imposes on some of its residents, unveiling the physical and metaphorical fragmentation of the city and its memory.
Documentary, 30 min. 2019.
Every year during the month of June, police officer Mimmi and nature guard Håkan patrol Sweden’s windiest place, the valley of Stekenjokk. Eggs thieves ravages in the area where rare bird eggs are laid during the breeding season. Thousands of eggs have been stolen over the years and sold between collectors, a skein of crime that has now been unfolded. The poaching has threatened several species to be extinct. Just this period, spring never seems to arrive at Stekenjokk and the birds have their toughest years so far. The place is incredibly important for the birds, but also for Håkan who lives for the nature and wildlife, despite the fact that his worn down body, which he received after a career as world champion in arm wrestling, makes the work difficult for him. A documentary film about the place, the conversations that appears along the winding road that crosses the valley and the strange situation where the birds are constantly threatened and where everyone is a suspect.
Documentary, 86 min. 2018.
At the beginning of time, giants created the mountains and deep forests that surround the small town of Ydre. It’s now one of Sweden’s smallest municipality, and has a population of just a few thousand, which is carefully looked after by the friendly and idealistic mayor. He is ready with gifts and big smiles every time a child is born and he can note that Ydre has a new inhabitant. In the meantime, youths and elderly people are working and living their lives. It’s a cinematic film about responsibility, love for the community and sense of belonging told with an anchored humor about ordinary enlightened moments of everyday on-going life. Creation myths, fables and everyday realism are mixed with understated comedy in an atmospheric and moving film.
Documentary, 14 min. 2014.
A new, overwhelming era is approaching from the sidelines. The boundaries between what is real and unreal are becoming increasingly blurred through technological advances. How will we hold up in an era where humans are being replaced with robots, and the real world is almost perfectly simulated in digital realities? Is there a limit for what can be replaced? Autonomous is an intense, emotional look into a future that is already here.
Documentary, 59 min. 2013.
The ore must be mined for the community to survive – and the community must be torn down for the ore to be mined. Everyone in Malmberget is waiting for the hammer to drop and the community to crumble. We meet people who live around the edges of the mine and observe huge contrasts between the “little guy” and the giant grinding machinery. Is it possible to rebel against the hand that feeds you? What’s it like to live in a community that’s about to go up in a puff of smoke? With a tragicomical undertone, the film portrays the uncertainty and fear coupled with the ever-present warmth and humour of these troubled people.
Per Bifrost - about:
Per Bifrost is a documentary film director, cinematographer and screenwriter based in Sweden. His work is often focused on telling the story through scenes taking place with a visual approach that has its background in photography. His films are often framed both visually and geographically, investigating the atmosphere and mood of a place and the people within. His previous films has been awarded and official selection at international festivals such as CPH:DOX, Full Frame film festival, Mannheim-Heidelberg film festival, Edinburg film festival, Bergamo International film festival, Tromsö international film festival, Magnificent 7, Message to man eg. Project has also been selected for EDN:s. 12 for the future and dok.inkubator.
Still image from the critically acclaimed feature length documentary
GIANTS AND THE MORNING AFTER