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Silvana

Silvana - Väck mig när ni vaknat
Director: Mika Gustafson, Olivia Kastebring, Christina Tsiobanelis

Sweden, 2017, biography, 91 minutes, swedish with lithuanian and english subtitles, N-16

Silvana is an intimate love story and filmic journey through the first years of the career of a contemporary feminist icon and Swedish rapper Silvana Imam. With her uncompromising lyrics against all forms of oppression, Silvana Imam has taken Scandinavia by storm. She uses her razor-sharp tongue to spotlight movements taking place in today's society, embodying the voice of a new generation along the way. The subtitle of the film, ‘väck mig när ni vaknat‘ (‘wake me up when you wake up’) is a quote from one of her most popular songs. This film follows Silvana from underground artist to icon, as she wins several major awards and forms an almost mythical relationship with Swedish pop-artist, Beatrice Eli and her Lithuanian mother Lilia Bakanauskaitė. However, after just one year in the limelight, it all came to a sudden halt. Silvana crashes under the pressure, fed-up with the the implications of being labeled a “strong female.” She decides to start showing new sides of herself “because there are no super-heroes, just human beings.” Silvana is a portrait of an icon as uncompromising as the rapper herself.

About the directors:

The directors of the film Mika Gustafson, Olivia Kastebring and Christina Tsiobanelis met during their studies at the Fridhems folk high school in Svalöv Municipality in Sweden.

Mika Gustagson studied film directing at the Valand academy in Gothenburg in Sweden. Her finishing film Mephobia (2017) was shown in the Gothenburg film festival.

Olivia Kastebring was born in 1987 and studied film at the University of Gothenburg. Silvana is her feature film debut. Kastebring lives and creates in Stockholm.

Christina Tsiobanelis was born in 1987, in Malmö, Sweden. She studied cinema at the University of Stockholm and has been working with film since 2010. Tsiobanelis played the leading role in Mika Gustafson’s film Mephobia.

Screenplay: Charlotte Landelius

Dir. of Photography: Christina Tsiobanelis, Mika Gustafson, Olivia Kastebring

Music: Therese Helgesson

Cast: Silvana Imam, Beatrice Eli, Lilia Bakanauskaitė, Suzana Imam, Talal Imam, Babak Azarmi
Print Festival Kaunas Programme