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The Garbage Helicopter

// Presented as part of Filmatique's Teenage Wasteland Series //

Spotlight on The Garbage Helicopter



Jonas Selberg Augustsén / Sweden, 2015 / BFI London, Lübeck, Minneapolis, Rotterdam, Torino / 100'


Enesa, Saska and Baki are three twentysomething Swedish siblings whose grandfather has just died.  Their grandmother wants them to bring her an antique clock, so they embark on a 1,000+ mile roadtrip through rural Sweden, stopping along the way to view relics that could once claim to be the biggest of something (the world's biggest screw!) before being upstaged by someone else.


Shot in crisp black and white, Jonas Selberg Augustsén's feature film debut explores stasis as just not a physical but a spiritual state, alongside subtle hints of racism that remain deeply embedded in Swedish society.  The Garbage Helicopter premiered at BFI London, Rotterdam, Minneapolis and Torino, where it participated in the Torino Film Lab.


"A minimalist monochrome road movie with a surreal sense of humor, Jonas Selberg Augustsen's feature debut contains echoes of early Jarmusch and Kaurismaki"

- Stephen Dalton, London ReviewThe Hollywood Reporter