Scandinavian couple pick up Sundance gong
The Local · 4 Feb 2015, 17:24
Published: 04 Feb 2015 17:24 GMT+01:00
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Married couple Frida (from Sweden) and Lasse Barkfors (who is Danish) took home the special award for their documentary 'Pervert Park' at the Sundance Festival in Park City, Utah.
The film is about a Florida trailer park turned into a home for over a hundred sex offenders. The park offers a safe haven for the convicted criminals to receive therapy to help them reintegrate into society and fight their demons. Many of them are haunted by memories of sexual abuse in their own childhoods.
The Sundance Festival is one of the biggest independent film festivals in the US, attracting almost 50 000 visitors every year. This year, the coveted Grand Jury Prize was awarded to American film 'Me and Earl and the Dying Girl' by Alfonso Gomez-Rejon.
The Barkfors couple now join the ranks of Swedish filmmakers Malik Bendjelloul, Göran Hugo Olsson, Hanna Lejonqvist and Jens Assur, who have all claimed their own gongs at the festival.