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Mr. Governor
H:r Landshövding
dir. Måns Månsson / Sweden 2008 / 82’
subtitles: Polish and English
Cinema of Sweden

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Anders Björck

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Every hour of governor Anders Björck's schedule is carefully planned. He receives awards, makes inauguration speeches, appears at local ceremonies. Meanwhile, he has lunch with his friend, recalls his meetings with the Japanese emperor and prepares another mini-tour of the surrounding neighbourhood. His position is as old as the Swedish democracy, although it's somewhat forgotten and reduced to representation. Måns Månsson humorously observes a series of very similar events. The simple ascetical poetics of cinéma vérité stresses the routine of the governor's duties and the humorous aspect of political life. The film starts with a scene of kitchen staff bringing dirty dishes for washing after a banquet. The Swedish author of documentaries wants to take a glance at what's happening backstage, when he presents the laborious preparations, endless discussions on the minute-to-minute schedule, a perfectly planned ritual. He makes a portrait of a hard-working man, skillfully playing his role in the spectacle, which is designed in every detail. This is not the spectacular glamour of the world "post-politics". Björck is a man of the theatre of a peripheral political world, ruled by details and not momentum.

Błażej Hrapkowicz

 

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