During an exceptionally hot summer in Sweden, a Thai migrant worker has to navigate the forest and his increasingly quarrelsome relationship with his older brother, in order to find the blueberries needed to afford passage home.
Nick Kush: There are a few very clever shot compositions in Berry Pickers that speak to writer/director Agnes Skonare Karlsson’s strong vision. The opening shot shows brothers Tem and Nat walking through lush, overgrown greenery in a static frame and offers a sense of their transitory nature through an environment that will remain long after them; a dog casually licks an ice cream cone topped with berries that the brothers have struggled to find; the final moments are a lovely representation of their inner feelings of isolation. It all adds up to a strong exploration of climate change and class divisions.
Writer and Director: Agnes Skonare Karlsson
Producer: Mona Maahn
Executive Producer: Andrea Gyllenskiöld, Adam Holmström, and Joel Rostmark
Cinematographer: Malin LQ
Production Design and Costume Design: Amanda Hedman Hägerström and Moa Marklund
Sound Recordist: Vassilis Ipeirotis
First Assistant Director: David Dahlgren
Assistant Camera: Carl Bengtsson
Second Assistant Director: Lisa Ehn
Translator: Nutchanat Jonsson
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