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Original title Killing the Chickens to Scare the Monkeys
Film type Short
Category Fiction
Form Live-action
Director
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Screenplay
Production country
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Awards
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Plot summary

Killing the Chickens to Scare the Monkeys is an exceptional story set in the People’s Republic of China, told from a unique perspective and rendered with a daring cinematic language....

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Crew

Director
Screenplay
Producer
Line Producer
Director of Photography
Choreography
Production Designer
Film Editor
Production Mixer
First Assistant Director
Second Assistant Director
Stunt Coordinator
Production Coordinator
Location Manager
Assistant
Casting
Production Accountant
Film Commissioner
Post Production Supervisor
First Assistant Cameraman
Camera Operator
Gaffer
Scanner
Compositor
Digital Grading
Visual Effects
Assistant Production Designer
Costume Designer
Driver
Costume Assistant
Make-up Artist
Caterer
Assistant Film Editor
Sound Editor
Foley
Graphic Design
Translation
Legal Advisor
Other Crew
Translator

Companies

Production Company Studio Jens Assur AB
Co-Production Company Sveriges Television AB
Film i Väst AB
The Chimney Pot AB
Advance allocations Stiftelsen Svenska Filminstitutet
Recording Studio CloudBerry Sound
Sales Studio Jens Assur AB
Other Company Civil Right Defenders (exclusive and appreciated partner)
Amnesty International (exclusive and appreciated partner)
Film i Västernorrland (exclusive and appreciated partner)
ABF Stockholm (exclusive and appreciated partner)
Kommunalarbetarförbundet (exclusive and appreciated partner)
IF Metall (exclusive and appreciated partner)
Den globala skolan (exclusive and appreciated partner)
Fuguchang Mori (office PA)
Nostromo Stockholm AB (Avid editing)

Plot summary

Killing the Chickens to Scare the Monkeys is an exceptional story set in the People’s Republic of China, told from a unique perspective and rendered with a daring cinematic language. The film consists of nine scenes that unfold in the grey area between black and white, where national politics and strategy have unforeseen consequences on a young teacher’s life. The precisely thought-out aesthetics and the provocative narrative technique of the film are intended to open up the viewer’s eyes for reflection and contemplation. The first scene is a 15-minute single take, without cuts. We experience the world as in a photographic still life played out in mise-en-scene. We are not exposed to the whole course of events in the woman’s life, rather only fragments, where the viewer is compelled to fill in the blanks in the narrative. Ultimately, we must consider what is both seen and unseen and the film poses questions about the very nature of cinema and narrative itself. The authenticity and uncompromising vision combine to create a powerful emotional and political statement.

Technical specifications

Aspect ratio 2.35:1 (CinemaScope)
Sound system Dolby Stereo Spectral Recording Digital
Colour type Colour
Width 35 mm
Length in minutes 24 min
Reels 2 rullar


Production location

Bangkok Thailand 2010-11 2011-02
Kanchanaburi Thailand

Release dates

Festival showing 2011-10-25 Slottsbiografen Uppsala Sweden 24 min 30:e Uppsala Internationella Kortfilmfestival 2011.
2011-10-29 Slottsbiografen Uppsala Sweden 24 min 30:e Uppsala Internationella Kortfilmfestival 2011.
TV showing 2012-01-16 SVT1 Sweden

Awards

Special Mention Prag 2012 (Special Mention, Prague Short Film Festival, Tjeckien)
Clermont-Ferrand 2012 (Special Mention, Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival, Frankrike)
Odense 2012 (Special Mention på Odense International Film Festival, Danmark)
Clermont-Ferrand 2012 (Special Jury Mention, Festival International du Court Métrage à Clermont-Ferrand, Frankrike)
Prag 2012 (Special Jury Mention, Prague Short Film Festival, Tjeckien)
Nancy 2012 (Special Jury Award, Aye Aye Film Festival, Frankrike)
Festival Award Tallinn 2012 (Winner Baltic Sea Competition, Sleepwalkers Student and Short Film Festival, Estland)
Huesca 2012 (Garcia de Paso Award, Huesca International Film Festival, Spanien)
Trondheim 2012 (NIFA Best Film (Nordic Competition), Minimalen filmfestival, Norge)
Trondheim 2012 (NIFA Best Fiction på Minimalen filmfestival, Norge)
Special Mention Madrid 2011 (Special Mention, Festival de Cine de Alcalá de Henares / Comunidad de Madrid, Spanien)
Festival Award Aarhus 2011 (bästa kortfilm, best short, Nordisk Panorama, Danmark)
Vendôme 2011 (Grand Prix Européen, Vendôme Film Festival, Frankrike)

Holdings Film

The information given here refers to film material in the Swedish Film Institute’s archive. Access to the archive’s stock is given on request, for research, other film archives and rights’ holders. For enquiries please contact filmarkivet@filminstitutet.se

Element type Print
Item base Polyester
Gauge 35 mm
Length 706


Element type Print
Item base Polyester
Gauge 35 mm


Element type Print
Item base Polyester
Gauge 35 mm


Element type Print
Item base Polyester
Gauge 35 mm


Element type Digital intermediate
Gauge 35 mm


Element type Sound negative
Gauge 35 mm


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Holdings Posters

Size Between 850 x 400 and 850 x 690


Size Between 850 x 700 and 850 x 1100
Poster title Killing the Chickens to Scare the Monkeys


Holdings Scripts

Script type Inspelningsmanus
Script title Killing the chickens. By Jens Assur.
Extent 9 s.
Language Swedish


Script type Synopsis
Script title Killing the chickens to scare the monkeys. Synopsis.
Extent 1 s.
Language Swedish


Script type Dialoglista
Script title Killing the chickens to scar.
Extent 6 s. + 3 s. för- och efterext.
Language English


Script type Dialoglista
Extent 8 s.
Language English


Holdings Promotion materials

Type Program/Promotion material
Language English


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