Artist and film director
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Dreams…

FILM CARD
Full film available here:
www.dreamsfromthewoods.com

English title Dreams from the Woods
Original title (in swedish) Drömmar från skogen
French title Songes des bois
Synopsis A shadow play about love and sorrow featuring the Girl, the Bird and Death.
Synopsis in swedish En skuggteater om kärlek och sorg med Flickan, Fågeln och Döden.
Production year 2009
Completion Date May 2009
World Premiere May 2009, Directors´Fortnight, Cannes
Country of production / Shooting location Sweden
Running Time 8 min 30 sec
Color or B/W color
Genre Animation / Drama / Romance / Tragedy
Animation Techniques Shadow puppet theater / Live action / Puppeteering / Drawing on paper
Dialogue no
Subtitles English, French (for the title only)
Audience age group any age
Original script yes
Original music yes
Music rights cleared yes
Worldwide film rigths cleared yes
Shooting format DVCPRO HD
Film homepage www.johannesnyholm.se/dreams
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CREDITS

Director Johannes Nyholm
Script Johannes Nyholm
Camera Johannes Nyholm
Editing Johannes Nyholm
Original Music Little Dragon
Sound Designer / Sound mixing Jan Alvermark
Animation / Puppeteering Henrik Andersson, Elias Araya, Johanna Arvidsson, Erik Bodin, Kasper Collin, Mikael Emtinger, Kristofer Hagbard, Christian Hansen, Aime Hellrand, Anders Holmer, Andreas Korsár, Kurt Lightner, Niki Lindroth von Bahr, Henrik Malmgren, Yukimi Nagano, Mary-Anne Norberg, Lars Nilsson, Karl-Oskar Olsson, Isabel Theselius, Ola Wagner, Fredrik Wallin, Håkan Wirenstrand, Andrea Zimmermann, Michael Zimmermann, Mirjam Zimmermann
Produced by Joclo / Andreas Jonsson Hay
Co-producer Swedish Television – Dokumentärfilm/kortfilm / Caisa Westling
Support from Film i Väst / Julia Boström, the Swedish Film Institute / Andra Lasmanis
Copyright Johannes Nyholm
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DIRECTOR

Johannes Nyholm (1974)
Toppsegelsgatan 9
SE-41461 Gothenburg
Sweden
tel: +46(0)31 42 35 60
cell: +46(0)708 12 62 84
mail(put the at-sign here)johannesnyholm.se
www.johannesnyholm.se

photo of the director
bio and filmography of the director

Directors first film no
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PRODUCTION

Production company Joclo
address same as director

producer
Andreas Jonsson Hay (1972)
Gamla varvsgatan 1
SE- 414 59 Gothenburg
Sweden
tel: +46(0)702 668 059
andreas(put the at-sign here)jonssonhay.com
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SALES

same as production company
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SCREENING

Film print 35 mm
Process color
Ratio 1:1,78(preferably) or 1:1,85
Speed 24 fps
Reels 1
Length 246 meters, 807 feet
Audio Dolby SR, optical
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PREVIEW COPY

Media dvd, PAL, region 0 (preferably), digibeta
Final version yes
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RETURN ADRESSES

Print return address
Swedish Film Institute/Rotebro Filmservice
Hollywoodvägen 46
SE-192 77 Sollentuna, Sweden
Att. Kristian Larsson
tel: +46 8 666 37 65

Dvd return address
Joclo
Johannes Nyholm
Toppsegelsgatan 9
SE-41461 Gothenburg
Sweden

Festival contact
The Swedish Film Institute
Andreas Fock
tel: +46(0)8 665 11 36
andreas.fock(put the at-sign here)sfi.se
www.sfi.se
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FESTIVAL HISTORY

Festivals 2009 / Directors´ Fortnight (Cannes, France), Animateka – International Animation Film Festival (Slovenia), Festival on Wheels (Turkey), Bilbao Film Festival (Spain), International Children’s Film Festival of India, L’Alternativa – Barcelona Independent Film Festival, Istanbul International Short Film Festival, Cinema Tous Ecrans (Switzerland), Kiev International Film Festival Molodist, Janela Internacional de Cinema, Cinesonne – Festival du cinéma européen en Essonne, Festival du Nouveau Cinéma (Montreal), Nordisk Panorama (Reykjavik, Iceland), São Paulo International Short Film Festival, European Film Festival Palic (Serbia)

Awards 2009 / Sound Award, Janela Internacional de Cinema, Brazil
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DIRECTOR’S STATEMENT

The idea behind the film was to tell a story that was a mix between dream and reality. For the first time in my life, I guess, I wanted to create something that actually looked beautiful. The form should be so fragile that you get the sense that it could dissolve any second, like a dissipating cloud. I wanted to encompass a whole life in just a couple of minutes. Love, break up, death and grief. A melodrama without any irony.

It is not a typical film, but rather a filmed theatrical play, a shadow puppet theater. An important principle throughout the production was to do everything the old analogue way, not in postproduction with digital techniques. Every shot was rehearsed multiple times. Then shot, live, with numerable puppet players controlling the figures and elements. Sometimes we were 15 people controlling different small elements of the scene simultaneously; one controlling the little bird, another the girl, four people controlling the wind, yet six controlling the fires all over the image. Some shots were so difficult and complex that we had to reshoot up to 200 times.

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STILLS AND EXCERPT

30 sek short excerpt from the film.
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