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PUSH ME

fiction, Tue, 15:00

Sweden , 2014, 25'
Director: Tove Pils
Producer: Helene Granqvist & Josefin Granqvist
Cinematographer: Andrea Kåberg & Tommy Boije
Editor: Maja Borg, Phil Jandaly, Tove Pils
Synopsis: Siri is at a turning point of her life. She feels frustrated about not daring to do what she wants and dreams about. She feels like the society, as well as her own boundaries, stop her from living fully, be who she wants to be, scream when she wants to scream and live out her fantasy about dominating someone else sexually. Her new friend Lee, a transgender performance artist, is going to help her to get rid of her fears. When Siri sees Lee perform and hear her sing at a queer club, the words go straight to her heart.
Director: Tove Pils
In her films, Tove Pils works with themes revolving around power, sexuality and the crossing of boundaries. She works with both documentary and fiction, and has directed the two short films Take My Sex Away (2007) and Att inte sprängas (2008). In 2009, Tove started the process of writing the script for Push Me. That same year the project won first prize in the Pixel/Skånska Filmdagarna's Pitching competition.  For Tove the notion of queer has been important not only as a starting point for the content of the film, but also for setting a standard throughout the creative process. A significant part of the work on this film has been to try and move away from prevailing norms in movie making, and to work with people who identify as queer or not gender conforming. It has been important to work wholly within a feminist structure, and have more women than men involved in all parts and stages of the production. Most of all, the goal has been to create an inclusive and safe social environment, resisting hierarchical structures within the team – something that Tove sees as an essential part of creating a queer feminist production.  In 2010 Tove also started a documentary film project depicting queer sex workers in San Francisco, a project that she has been focusing within the course Dok:huset, a project based documentary film course at the Skurups Folkhögskola. Before that, Tove studied film at the Malmö University and creative writing at the Österlens Folkhögskola.
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