Drama, mystery | Denmark

‘A Sunday in Portsmouth’ is a lyrical journey through a quiet night, where mysterious and magical forces are unleashed. The football agent Thorsten meets Matilda who is half his age. They are traveling on a ferry from France to the habour town, Portsmouth in England. Matilda is in distress so Thorsten wants to help, but really it is just as much he himself who is in trouble. Their meeting is part awkward, part tender. But despite seemingly very different, the two share something. A feeling that connects them for a brief moment in time. A moment that seems to attract magical forces.

‘A Sunday in Portsmouth’ is Sigurd Kølster’s director’s cut version of his graduation film from the National Film & Television School. It stars Swedish actor Simon J. Berger and Scottish actress Sorcha Groundsell. The short film is a poetic and quiet depiction of the acceptance of loss, with a cinematic language based on magical realism. Its finale is a wordless and musical depiction of coming into contact with trauma. Slowly opening up to feelings that have been hidden away. As the last step before a healing process can begin.


Thursday, August 24, 6:45 pm
Zita Bio Salong 2 (Birger Jarlsgatan 37, Stockholm)
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Director Sigurd Kølster
Writer Sigurd Kølster, Kasper Schlüter
Producer Ed Fairweather
Cinematographer Bruno Grilo
Key cast Simon J. Berger, Sorcha Groundsell
Other credits Editor: Emil Gundersen; Music: Sigurd Kølster, Esben Kølster; Sound Designer: Sean McGarrity; Production Designer: David Tinto


Year 2022
Duration 0h 24m
Genres Drama, mystery
Language English with subtitles