Information provided by the Embassy of Sweden, Ottawa
Friday, November 29 at 6:30 p.m. at the Cinematheque, 1131 Howe Street, Vancouver.
Ever wondered who packs the fresh plastic-sealed salad you are having for lunch? Who are the people getting laid off from their factory jobs in small rural towns? Ready for a visit to another kind of Sweden? When the forceful young Muslim Swedish/Balkan factory worker Raša, who has a "no-shit, never-say-die" attitude to life, loses her job, she faces unemployment. With no high school diploma, no job – but her boots deeply stained with the mud of the small town she grew up in – Raša finds herself on collision course with society and a comical world of bureaucracy and contradicting values and expectations.
First time actors play all of the main characters in the film.
Based on the director's own experience growing up in a working-class immigrant family in a small Swedish town, Eat Sleep Die is gritty and affecting. Raša lives with her father in a working-class town and has a job at a food processing plant. She's a hard worker and well-liked by her colleagues, but when the plant announces lay-offs are coming, she knows that her Montenegrin background may make it difficult for her to find other employment. When her father is forced to relocate temporarily to Norway to find work, she hides the news of her lay-off from him as long as possible.
This stunning directorial debut is Sweden's entry for Best Foreign Language Film at the Academy Awards in 2014.
The film will be shown on Friday, November 29 at 6:30 p.m. at the Cinematheque, 1131 Howe Street.