Saskia Holmkvist’s recent films In Character and Role Control, both from 2008, are complementary inasmuch as they reciprocally develop a narrative that explores ideas of credibility, social strategies.
The two works originate in four kinds of ‘conversation situations’ with diametrically opposite aims, dealing with interpersonal and political positions: the job interview, the interrogation, couple therapy and political arbitration. These situations where relationships are worked on and negotiated and which require strategies for productive dialogue and conflict management are woven together in Saskia Holmkvist’s work into an investigation of the factors that define and control power relations and how these relations can be negotiated.
In the films Saskia Holmkvist has made use of staged situations and actors who, in the course of the films, gradually swap positions and force the conversation over a boundary where the dialogue changes meaning and forces the viewer towards a new interpretation of the situation.
Title: In Character, Role Control
Manuscript, Direction, Production: Saskia Holmkvist
Actors: Eva Millberg, Lars Mellfors, Alexandra Zetterberg
Camera: Fredrik Redelius, Lars Siltberg
Light: Tobias Hagström Ståhl
Sound: Calle Wachtmeister
Length of films: 9+8 minutes
Production Year: 2008
Thanks to: Nav Haq, Helena Holmberg, Ulrika Larsson, Magnus Liistamo, Mats Stjernstedt
Produced with support from: Index, Arnolfini, Iaspis and Frankfurter Kunstverein