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GIFFONI FILM FESTIVAL 2018 - 20.28 july

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Category: Edition 2018

With the joy of becoming a parent, the fear of something happening to one’s child follows mercilessly.  To imagine that it could be your own fault it is incomprehensible. Death of a Child is an exploration of the lives of parents who have forgotten their own child in a car causing their death, and an investigation of how to live on with the guilt. We meet parents from very different backgrounds, and for whom the legal and social consequences differ, but who all have in common being responsible for their child’s death.

Category Official Competition
Section GEx Doc
Tipology Documentary, Feature Film
Duration 79'
Production Year 2017
Nationality Denmark, Sweden
Directed by Frida Barkfors, Lasse Barkfors
Director of photography Lasse Barkfors
Produced by Anne Köhncke

 regista Lasse BarkforsLASSE BARKFORS
Born in Denmark in 1980. Lasse studied at the Copenhagen Media School and at Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts. In 2005 he directed the short film SAMURAI and in 2014 he directed his first documentary feature PERVERT PARK. At the moment he is working on the feature film LOOKING FOR ALANYA.

 regista Frida BarkforsFRIDA MATILDA BARKFORS
Born in Sweden in 1983. She studied film direction at the Danish Film School and directed her first short film in 2004 IDEALISTEN . PERVERT PARK (2014) is her first documentary film. She is now working on the film VÄRLDENS BÄSTA FLICKVÄN, produced by Nimbus, and SLUT SHAMING produced by Meta Film.

Director’s statement
Death of a Child is our second film in a trilogy where we shed light on the subjects that challenges us the most, trying to understand what many usually have strong presumptions about. Pervert Park was the first. Becoming parents a few years ago, we know what protective instincts and fears it awakens to have a child. We understand why judgment is passed on the parents that forget their own children in the car – because its every parent’s worst nightmare. But as filmmakers, we see it as our finest job to challenge this and depict society just as complex and difficult as it is. We strive to avoid any kind of sensationalism, focusing on making a humane portrait, to create understanding instead of judgment.


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festival contact
Danish Film Institute