Charter 2020

Directed by Amanda Kernell Widescreen

Dramatising the turbulence and ambiguity of custody battles with emotional precision and complexity, Charter focuses on a mother’s impulsive decision to abscond with her estranged children to a holiday resort, and the consequences of her actions.

Jul 28

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Sweden In English, Spanish and Swedish with English subtitles
94 minutes VOD
VOD TBC
VOD classification tbc

Director/Screenplay

Producers

Lars Lindström
,
Eva Åkergren

Photography

Sophia Olsson

Editor

Anders Skov

Production designer

Sabine Hviid

Costume designer

Sandra Woltersdorf

Music

Kristian Eidnes Andersen

With

Ane Dahl Torp (Alice)
,
Sverr ir Gudnason (Mattias)
,
Troy Lundkvist (Vincent)
,
Tintin Poggats Sarri (Elina)
,
Johan Bäckström (Simon)
,
Eva Melander (Margit)

Festivals

Sundance, Sydney 2020

Elsewhere

Part of EUROPE! VOICES OF WOMEN IN FILM in association with Sydney Film Festival

Sydney Film Festival

In this vividly tense and realist follow-up to her outstanding debut feature Sami Blood (NZIFF17), writer/director Amanda Kernell deftly considers the fraught intersection of motherhood and self-determination.

It’s been months since Alice has seen her children when she gets a distressed call from her young son. She races north to ensure her children’s safety, only to find her bitter ex-husband prohibiting her from seeing them. With only a week until the final custody verdict, Alice makes the desperate decision to abduct her children and spend the week vacationing together in the Canary Islands, reconnecting and convincing them she can be a good mother, whatever that means.

Charter is at once a stressful character drama, a mother-daughter love story, and a frenetic on-the-run film about betrayal and forgiveness. Ane Dahl Torp is excellent as the magnetic, complex Alice, an imperfect mother torn between independence and responsibility. First-time actor Tintin Poggats Sarri, too, is a standout as Alice’s surly 14-year-old daughter, Elina. Throughout the film, Alice and Elina perform a delicate dance of trust, heightened by the daunting possibility that their illegal escapade could fall apart at any moment. — Amanda Jane Robinson

About the Filmmaker
Swedish filmmaker Amanda Kernell is a trained director of the National Film School of Denmark and has made several award-winning short films. Sami Blood (2016), her feature film debut, premiered at the Venice Film Festival and won the Europa Cinemas Label for Best European Film, among other international festival prizes. Charter is her second feature film.