Ömheten Wins Top Swedish Film Prize

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Tue, 02/18/2014 - 11:24 -- Nick Dager

Sebastian Guest, Europa Sound and VisionÖmheten has won The Guldbagge Award, Sweden's equivalent of the Oscars, for Best Cinematography. Director of photography Petrus Sjövik accepted the award.

Ömheten was conformed, graded and finished in Mistika by colorist Sebastian Guest for DCP deliverables, at Europa Sound and Vision’s new facility in Stockholm. 

Mattias Segnestam, chief operating officer at Europa Sound and Vision says, “Europa Sound and Vision's eminently comfortable and feature-rich suite hosted Ömheten as its very first feature-length project. We featured a five-meter canvas, Barco projection (the same as in 90 percent of Sweden’s cinemas) and cinematic sound by JBL. The facility runs four Mistika systems, giving advantage both in terms of workflow efficiency and inherent redundancy.”

Guest said, "I worked on Ömheten with DP Petrus Sjövik last year. The backdrop of the movie is the old northern mining town of Kiruna, part of which had to be relocated due to the now unstable terrain beneath. We followed the day-to-day life experiences of a number of young people living there. Visually, our goal throughout was to maintain a soft look that flattered the characters and nature, contrasting with the difficulties our characters faced, in a part of the country where conditions can be harsh and lives are in many ways defined by the mine and mining. It is very much a picture-driven feature (there is little dialogue). The soft look is particularly important for the moments of tenderness (the literal translation of the movie's title) which punctuate the feature.”