Beata Gårdeler / Sweden / 2015 / 110 mins / Swedish with English Subtitles / Narrative
“A compelling portrayal of the all-too-familiar process of social exclusion and victim-blaming, Flocking takes the audience on a journey through darkness both visual and spiritual in this forceful and unflinching thriller” – The Upcoming.
Winner of the Berlin Film Festival’s Crystal Bear prize, Beata Gårdeler’s haunting film, about a 14-year-old girl ostracized by her tight-knit Swedish community after accusing a classmate of rape, explores modern themes of consent and social media in a devastatingly claustrophobic environment. In this heightened world, victim blaming and mob mentality make manifest as a veritable witch-hunt. Loosely based on real life events and breathtakingly lensed, Gårdeler holds a critical mirror to society, drawing us into a bleak world where we’re forced to re-examine how our social systems treat victims of sexual assault.
This film has been exempt from classification and is restricted to people over 18 years.
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AWARDS & APPEARANCES
Winner: Crystal Bear Generation Award- Berlinale 2015
Winner: Jury Award for World Fiction Competition – Los Angeles Film Festival 2015
Toronto International Film Festival 2015
BFI London Film Festival 2015