On Suffocation

Winner, ”Best short film”, The Guldbagge Awards 2014!

When the system becomes more important than human life; seven minutes without dialogue about an execution. Director Jenifer Malmqvist completes a hattrick at the Sundance Film Festival 2013!

“On Suffocation” is in the Shorts Competition. On Suffocation is a film about the systems we subordinate ourselves to, often without reflecting and occasionally even against our own will. But it’s also a love story.



– This film was born out of equal parts love and anger. I’m so happy that it premieres in Sundance since this festival echoes all over the world and hopefully it will bring the film to a wider audience. The film was produced at a breathtaking speed with a fantastic team and wonderful actors. My hope is that the audience is reminded of the importance of treating each other with humility and respect.



Jenifer Malmqvist’s films have been screened and awarded around the world. The films “Peace Talk” and “Birthday” were both selected for The Sundance Film Festival in 2007 and in 2010 respectively. Her films have been described as realism infused with the absurdism and surrealism of everyday life. She is currently working on a documentary and on the script for her first fiction feature film.



The film is produced by China Åhlander at Anagram in co-production with the Swedish Television and Film i Skåne, with financial support from the Swedish Film Institute, film commissioner Andra Lasmanis.





  • International Grand Prize, REGARD – Saguenay International Short Film Festival i Canada

  • Official selection, Sundance Film Festival 2013

  • Nominated, Best Swedish Short Award, Startsladden, Gothenburg International Film Festival 2013

Festival screenings

Lesbian & Gay Film Festival Karlsruhe Official Selection 01/10/13
Nordisk Panorama – 5 Cities Film Festival Nordic Short film 20/09/13
Queer Lisboa – Lisbon G & L Film Festival Official Selection 20/09/13
Athens International Film Festival Official Selection 18/09/13
Oslo Gay and Lesbian Film Festival (Skeive Filmer) Official Selection 13/09/13
Festival Internacional de Cine del Paraguay Official Selection 10/09/13
Thai Short Film and Video Festival Official Selection 22/08/13
Outfest – Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Film Festival Official Selection 11/07/13
Edinburgh International Film Festival Shorts from Sweden: The Hidden Reverse 19/06/13
Palm Springs International ShortFest Official Selection 18/06/13
Rooftop Films Official Selection 10/05/13
Sarasota Film Festival Official Selection 05/04/13
REGARD – Saguenay International Short Film Festival Official Selection 13/03/13

Press material

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A dialogue-free film about an execution described in two scenes.


Recommended age: adult audience

World sales

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Scriptwriter & director: Jenifer Malmqvist
Incentive: Ulf Berggren
Cinematograher: Ita Zbroniec-Zajt
Focus puller: Rumi Geiger
Gaffers: Ewa Gerström, Set Jonasson
Best boys: Alexander Dahlström, Rasmus Wilby
Sound recording: Mikael Körner
Production designer: Mattias Engström
Costumes: Niclas Östergren, Katarina Kovacs
Makeup: Katarina Kovacs
Craft service: Stengården Film
First assistant director: China Åhlander
Production assistants: Emma Åkesdotter-Ronge, Boel Zetterman
Production accountants: Jane Persson, Patrik Nilsson
Editor: Jenifer Malmqvist
Editing consultant: Petra Ahlin
Sound design: Mikael Körner, Claus Lynge
Foley: Maciej Kalymon, Anders Egleus
Sound mix: Claus Lynge, Ministi
Digital intermediate: Wojtek Janio
Color grading: Gosia Grzyb

Produced by: China Åhlander
Production company: Anagram
In co-production with:
Film i Skåne; Joakim Strand,
Sveriges Television; Helena Ingelsten
With financial support from the Swedish Film Institute film commissioner; Andra Lasmanis
In collaboration with: FilmGear Aps, Stengården Film, BoostHbg, FilmCentrum Syd
Thanks to:
Uniform Collection AB,
Peter Kimay,
Johan Hedelius,
Siporex AB,
Niklas Karlsson-Skånes Klätterklubb