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The Traffic Separating Device



Documentary / Comedy (Sweden) 2018

Director / DP: Johan Palmgren

PA Premiere


SYNOPSIS: A traffic separating device is installed in the middle of Stockholm. It is supposed to keep normal cars away and only let buses pass. It turns into a disaster as normal cars continue to go there and hundreds of cars get destroyed every week. Tragic and funny situations occur and we follow the whole mess of human failures.


DIRECTOR STATEMENT: In 1992 I went on a trip to Zambia with Evert and Bertil Gustafsson, two bearded brothers from the deep forrests of Småland, Sweden. They had never been on a trip that far away from their dear mother Dagny before and were pretty frightened. The brothers had been involved in exporting wood-working machines to Zambia and now the machines needed service. I had a lot of experience of still photography and dark room work, but none of filming. However, after an inspiring lecture in my home town Lund by Sir David Attenborough, where he advised everyone that wanted to film to start filming without any notice, I bought my dear Arriflex BL (flat motor with built-in chrystal), my Nagra IV and my wooden tripod. Off we went. Amazingly enough the shooting was successful. When developing the films everything looked ok and the film won several prizes at international film festivals. Since then I have spent almost all my time producing films in one way or another. I am so thankful that I have the opportunity to do what I like the most.


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