THE HYPNOSIS, Europa Cinemas Label



The Swedish feature film THE HYPNOSIS, directed by Ernst De Geer, has won the Europa Cinemas Label as Best European film at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, it was announced today by a jury of three Europa Cinemas Network exhibitors. 2023 marks the seventeenth time the Label has been awarded in Karlovy Vary.

THE HYPNOSIS, Europa Cinemas Label

In receiving the Label, THE HYPNOSIS will benefit from the support of the Europa Cinemas Network, with additional promotion and incentives for exhibitors to extend the film’s run on screen.

The jury issued the following statement: “Ernst De Geer’s THE HYPNOSIS is a light and quirky satire and our unanimous choice as the winner of the Europa Cinemas Label here in Karlovy Vary. This Swedish debut feature film is a portrait of modern society with strong situational humor and impressive, razor sharp acting.

While today’s society may encourage individualism and the expression of one’s authentic self, it remains unyielding in its expectations regarding acceptable behavior.

Balanced and well-structured, this movie deserves visibility and we are already convinced that this film will be a success especially in cinemas all over Europe. We as a Jury want to encourage Ernst De Geer’s fresh work!”

The Europa Cinemas Label Jury of Karlovy Vary, here captured with the director Ernst de Geer, comprised this year Anna-Lena Arreborn (Bio Bristol, Sundbyberg, Sweden), Jörg Jacob (UNION-Studio für Filmkunst & PROVINZ Programmkino, Kaiserslautern, Germany) and Ilona van Heeckeren (Natlab, Eindhoven, Netherlands).

Sold internationally by Totem Films, THE HYPNOSIS is produced by Garagefilm International (Sweden), and co-produced by Film i Väst AB (Sweden), Mer Film AS (Norway) and Totem Atelier (France), and distributed in the following European countries:

The cast includes Herbert Nordrum, Asta Kamma August and David Fukamachi Regnfors. The script is by Mads Stegger and Ernst De Geer. Image by Jonathan Bjerstedt, production design by Linda Elmborg, editing by Robert Krantz, sound by Håkon Lammetun and Matias Frøystad and music by Peder Kjellsby.

Synopsis: André and Vera are a young entrepreneurial couple. They get the opportunity to pitch their female health app at a prestigious competition. Before going there, Vera tries hypnotherapy to quit smoking. From this point, her attitude changes and André starts to behave unexpectedly.

Ernst De Geer is a Swedish filmmaker born in 1989 in Stockholm. He studied directing at the Norwegian Film School. His graduation film THE CULTURE (2018, short) won prizes at several festivals around the world, including Palm Springs and Premiers Plans. It was also nominated for the Norwegian National Film Award, Amanda. THE HYPNOSIS is his debut feature film.


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Photos credits "THE HYPNOSIS": © Jonathan Bjerstedt

Photos credits "EC Label Jury": © Film Servis Festival Karlovy Vary, a.s.