Apples, apples, everywhere... Photo: Sara Jeswani.
A walk through one of Sweden’s residential areas at this time of the year can be a tough experience for anyone who doesn’t like seeing food go to waste. Fruit trees are common and often very productive, but not everyone has the time and interest to make use of all the fruit. Often the lawns are dotted with apples, pears, plums and other fruits that just go to waste.
Not that humans are the only ones who can benifit from the fruit (I know, it’s a bit off topic, but I have to grab the chance to link to an article about the now world-famous moose that got a bit tipsy by eating fermented apples in a garden in Särö [map] – and ended up stuck in the apple tree! Watch the photos)
Anyway: there are still a lot of fruit rotting in gardens allover Sweden. Last weekend I was lucky enough to be invited to a friend’s garden to pick all the apples I could carry. But now there’s also a good solution for all those who don’t know a fruit tree owner. Victoria Qvarnström got fed up with seing apples rotting in the gardens and started the Facebook group Fruktförmedlingen (The Fruit Agency ), where people who have more fruit than they can eat write a line and those who are in need can get in touch.
In a few weeks time Fruktförmedlingen has become a huge success, with more than 3000 members and plenty of fruit being picked and eaten, allover Sweden. In her own blog (in Swedish) Victoria explains that she’s actually not very interested in making jam or lemonade herself. For her it’s rather about that “Sharing is caring”, she says.
PS. For anyone wondering how things went with the poor moose: The neighbours, who found her dangling in the tree, managed to saw off a few branches and get her down. She stayed for another day in the garden, walking around and staring at the apples, probably full, and with a bit of a hangover, according to the man who found her.
Today the Swedish Institute gave away the Watch Audiene Award to one lucky film maker and that was Gabriela Pichler for the film Scratches (Skrapsår). This is the competition that has been going on for a few weeks now on Sweden.se/watch. The winner received 15 000 Swedish kronor and in my opinion an awesome statue. Who needs the golden bald guy when you can get a white spacey one instead?
During the award ceremony Gabriela was nice enough to return fire to questions that some people threw at her. How many days did it take to shoot? How did you find actors? Do you have facebook? Ok, maybe not the last question because who doesn’t have facebook? It took about 10-14 days to shoot and it was mostly street casting. For you who don’t know what that is it’s simple. They basically look for people that fit the part instead of actors that come in and audition. Most people have no previous acting expereince. This is a very popular way of casting, especially in shorts. However it is a risk. You could end up with some horrible results. I’ve been to this festival a few times now so trust me on that one. This film has very good acting in it with some absolutely great scenes so it only goes to show that Gabriela knows what she’s doing. I had the oportunity to ask Gabriela a few questions after the ceremony and the most important question was of course: “What are you doing now?”. Turns out that she has a feature film in the making, aiming to begin production in the beginning of next year.
You can see Scratches in its entirety here. I will also include the film in a later post for all you “I can’t be bothered clicking on a link”- people out there, along with some photos from the event.
Yesterday was a slow film day and today was kind of the same. This happens if you consume as much film as I did in the first couple of days. It’s all re-runs. I caught some of my favorites again but that’s about it. But I do have some good news. The film makers I reached out to the other day about an interview are in so hang tight. An interview with Ellen Fiske, Caroline Gynther and Cajsa Jönsson will soon surface.
…our new face book site: Swedish pictures
. Here you’ll find – among other things – our “flickr fav of the day”.
Swedish flag by Luc de Leeuw: http://www.flickr.com/photos/9619972@N08/2108865836/