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The Darkly Humorous Worlds of Niki Lindroth von Bahr: A Retrospective Screening (15*) + ScreenTalk

London International Animation Festival 2019

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Niki Lindroth von Bahr is an award-winning artist and animation director based in Stockholm

Niki Lindroth von Bahr is a master craftswoman and artist who loves making puppets and sets by hand. She brings her characters to life through the techniques of stop motion and puppetry. Her immensely engaging stories are darkly humorous tales, often with a vaguely surreal filter.

When not making her own films Niki has held exhibitions of her artworks, sculptures and puppets in several galleries and has worked as a props and costume designer for artists like Fever Ray and David Bowie, designing Bowie’s costume for his last ever music video. This event will also include some of the music videos and short films she has worked on in the capacity of costume and set designer.

Thanks to the Swedish Embassy of London for their support in bringing Niki to LIAF 2019.

Stranger Than Kindness – Fever Ray
A spooky as hell music video featuring animal skulls, shamans and lots and lots of lasers.
Costume, props and make up by Niki Lindroth von Bahr
Sweden 2008 Dir Andreas Nilsson 5 min

Las Palmas
A tragicomic version of Easy Rider starring the Director’s demented baby girl in the combined roles of Peter Fonda and Dennis Hopper.
Puppets by Niki Lindroth von Bahr
Sweden 2011 Dir Johannes Nyholm 13 min

Blackstar – David Bowie
Bowie’s last music video. A woman with a tail discovers a dead astronaut and takes his jewel-encrusted skull to an ancient, otherworldly town.
Costumes by Niki Lindroth von Bahr.
US/Sweden 2015 Dir Johan Renck 10 min

Tord and Tord
One day, Tord accidentally walks into the apartment next to his own. Another person named Tord lives there, he has just moved in.
Sweden 2010 Dir Niki Lindroth von Bahr 11min

Bath House
Six characters meet in a bathhouse. The pedant bathhouse manager, a couple with a strange way of communicating and a gang with shady intentions. Something goes wrong.
Sweden 2014 Dir Niki Lindroth von Bahr 14min

The Burden
A motel, a self-service restaurant, a call centre and a supermarket on the motorway are the setting for this apocalyptic musical. The songs tell of freedom, of the empty promises of the consumer world, and of the desire for an existence without worry.
Sweden 2017 Dir Niki Lindroth von Bahr 14min

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