The Glitter Factory – 2024

Wednesday, April 10, 10:00 AM

The Glitter Factory
Director: Alexander Rynéus, Documentary, Sweden, 51 min
Swedens only glitter factory is located in Dalarna close to my home village. Between the years 1950–1970 it produced Christmas tree tinsel during the winters. After the factory closed, the house was also the home of my grandfather and grandmother until they passed away. In the midst of the prevailing Covid pandemic I spent a lot of time in the house. My parents and I went through different objects from different times still occupying the house and The Glitter Factory turned into an archaeological excavation with confused archaeologists. The film camera was with me in the house and suddenly years had passed.

In The Glitter Factory, the year’s cycle materialized in an attempt to produce different objects, according to the different needs of the different seasons, that would sustain the factory’s survival. Christmas tree tinsel in the winter, binoculars in the spring, sunglasses in the summer, and zippers in the autumn. With the ever- present feeling of time, I filmed my parents over and over again. Over time scenes from life, dreams and imagination came to life in The Glitter Factory. The act of looking and a spotlight on mortality slowly emerged. The house itself started to fade away and a new place became visible. A house that invites us to spend time with each other, a camera that gives us a reason and moments to pay attention to the way we look at things and the way we speak about them.

Screens with:

Moab Waste Stream
Director: Tom Hansell, Experimental, USA, 8 min
Each year, more than three million people pass through the small town of Moab, Utah on their way to Arches and Canyonlands National Parks. But what do they leave behind?

A Movement Against the Transparency of the Stars of the Seas
Director: Esy Casey, Documentary, Philippines, USA, 30 min
Each day, twelve 747 planes full of overseas workers leave the Philippines to work abroad for several years at a time, at the high expense of absence in their children’s lives.

Fata Morgana
Director: Daood Alabdulaa, Documentary, Qatar, 29 min
Truck driver Abu Husain, like many guest workers in Qatar, spends endless hours in a self-contained world of standing, waiting, and tenaciously moving trucks on the fringes of society.