Stig Dagerman (1924-1954) became a literary sensation in Sweden and abroad publishing novels, short stories, plays and journalism in rapid succession. Then suddenly he fell silent.

Struggling with a debilitating writer’s block Dagerman wrote the essay OUR NEED FOR CONSOLATION about his battle with his inner demons, his quest for freedom, and the beauty that makes life worth living. OUR NEED FOR CONSOLATION has been translated into over twenty languages and has served as an inspiration to international artists across various media.

Featuring Stellan Skargård as an on-camera narrator, this film brings Dagerman’s powerful words to life in the form of a visual poem, presenting OUR NEED FOR CONSOLATION in the English language for the first time.

Gothenburg International Film Festival, Sweden 2012
Palm Springs International ShortFest, CA 2012
Big Sur International Film Screening Series, CA 2012

TRT: 19 min

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