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En nattsaga

Once upon a time there was a mother who was no longer going to exist. Parents wish they could tell their children that every story has a happy ending. But then one morning, the thing that they had not dared to say out loud really does happen, while they are sound asleep, dreaming that everything is how it used to be.

Film notes


The Swedish National Film Award The Golden Bug for best Swedish short film of 2005.

The 2005 Cultural Scholarship Award given by the City of Stockholm 2005 with the following motivation: “Maja Lindström’s film A night story clearly shows that 3D-animation is not only suited for childrens films. The immense grief that strikes a family is portrayed with poetry and great anticipation. It is impossible to not be deeply moved by her film.”

”A Special Mention” at Nordisk Panorama - 5 cities Film Festival, Bergen, Norway in 2005, with the following motivation: The Special Mention is awarded to a film that uses simple elements and manners
to express complex ideas and feelings. The soundtrack, imagery, and storyline all work together to create an authentic atmosphere and address a profound experience.

Directors statement:

I wrote the script to En nattsaga 1 year after my mother died. I then needed to do something beautiful but not denial about my experience.

What came out was this story about a family who tries to escape reallity using their imagination. The main thing that I wanted to describe in the film was the feeling of unreal and of beeing unprepaired, when someone close to you dies. Because my mother never wanted to talk about her comming death, I was quite badly prepaired when she died and when a lot of things had to change.

Though, I understand a lot that kind of dealing with things. I allways hope myself that unpleasant things will go away if I close my eyes and go to sleep.

I wanted En nattsaga to be a ”saga” for adults. Like a hug to people that feel unprotected and scared. Maybe it is a hug to my mother, that was probably very scared even if not showing it.
dance grief tragedy




Copyright © 2005 Maja Lindström

Previous screenings

28 Jan – 7 Feb | Göteborg, Sweden
Krakow Film Festival
31 May – 5 Jun | Krakow, Poland

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Information on this profile is provided by the film owners and/or compiled from available sources | Profile updated 13 Jan 2010