Maybe Sweden

Director Margien Rogaar developed the scenario of Maybe Sweden together with Wunderbaum. Elements of their performance Welcome in my Backyard, about a group of idealists who shelter asylum seekers who have exhausted all legal remedies in their backyard, can be found in this feature film about five bookworms on a reading holiday in a beautiful country house somewhere in southern Europe.

By the pool, in the hammock and even by the campfire, they are reading books. Or they discuss literature. That changes when they find a sleeping Ghanaian in the garden at night. Mira takes care of his sick mother and soon of other stranded boat people as well.

The oasis of peace turns into an aid station, not to everyone’s delight. Innocent clashes - does the Ghanaian need to read Michel Houellebecq to understand Europe better? - get increasingly out of hand, until the idyll falls apart.

Maybe Sweden portrays the paradox of the multicultural society, without claiming to have the truth. In a deceptively simple way, the ambiguous attitude of the West towards the foreigner is shown.

Director

  • Margien Rogaar

Producer

  • Ruud van der Heyde

camera

  • Sal Kroonenberg, NSC

Design

  • Maarten van Otterdijk

Sound

  • Jos ten Klooster

Sound Design

  • Ranko Paukovic

Arrangement & Composition

  • Rene Hazekamp

Music

  • William Bakker

Acting

  • Matijs Jansen
  • Walter Bart
  • Marleen Scholten
  • Maartje Remmers
  • Wine Dierickx

Producers

  • Noa Entertainment BV
  • Zoo Pictures
  • Productiehuis Rotterdam

Vocals

  • VPRO TV

ensemble

  • Cinema Delicatessen

Photography

  • Gerbrand Burger

Past dates

  • May 2010

    28

    Theater de Veste Delft - Delfts Rood Festival
    Delft (NL)

  • May 2010

    25

    Theater de Veste Delft - Delfts Rood Festival
    Delft (NL)

  • January 2007

    13

    Monty
    Antwerpen (BE)

  • January 2007

    12

    Monty
    Antwerpen (BE)

  • November 2006

    23

    Nederlands Film Festival
    Utrecht (NL)

Current projects