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  • Prayer

  • Original Title:
  • Prayer
  • Screening Time:
  • Year:
  • 2020

  • Fifty years from now society has changed dramatically: due to energy and political crises people have been forced to leave the cities, populate deserted areas and return to the way of yore, digging into the lost knowledge of making do on your own. Iris (12) and Mikael (12) live on a small island guarded by menacing militia. The adjacent countries are facing gory battles, and crowds of refugees are constantly on the move. Mikael introduces Iris to religion, the forgotten knowledge he has learnt from his preacher father. The children escape the surrounding threats by playing with religion. Their game turns into tribulation as they start to experiment with prayer – instead of saving someone they end up killing a man.

    Director’s Statement: The cliffs are sharp, the horizon open. In the village the houses huddle together, taking cover, like their inhabitants. Birds fly through the ceiling of what once was a church. And then there is Mikael, telling Iris that if she says certain words in a certain order she will get what she wishes for. Feeling tricked, Iris prays for Mikael’s peril instead. To me Prayer is a thrilling story about longing for miracles, fragility of trust and how we deal, or fail to deal, with the misdeeds we do.

  • Director:
  • Ulrika Bengts
  • Genre:
  • Dystopian Drama
  • Duration:
  • TBC
  • Status:
  • In Development
  • Country:
  • Finland
  • Production Company:
  • Greenlit Productions
    Merja Ritola
  • Sales Company:
  • Film Republic
  • About the Director:
    Ulrika Bengts graduated as a film director from Stockholm University of the Arts. She has directed more than 30 short films, documentaries, TV-series and features. She is also active as a screenwriter and theatre director. Her features Iris and The Disciple have been awarded at numerous national and international film festivals.
  • « Back to Catalogue
  • Prayer Image
  • Prayer

  • Prayer
  • Year:
  • 2020

  • Director:
  • Ulrika Bengts
  • Genre:
  • Dystopian Drama
  • Duration:
  • TBC
  • Status:
  • In Development
  • Country:
  • Finland
  • Production Company:
  • Greenlit Productions
    Merja Ritola
  • Sales Company:
  • Film Republic
  • Fifty years from now society has changed dramatically: due to energy and political crises people have been forced to leave the cities, populate deserted areas and return to the way of yore, digging into the lost knowledge of making do on your own. Iris (12) and Mikael (12) live on a small island guarded by menacing militia. The adjacent countries are facing gory battles, and crowds of refugees are constantly on the move. Mikael introduces Iris to religion, the forgotten knowledge he has learnt from his preacher father. The children escape the surrounding threats by playing with religion. Their game turns into tribulation as they start to experiment with prayer – instead of saving someone they end up killing a man.

    Director’s Statement: The cliffs are sharp, the horizon open. In the village the houses huddle together, taking cover, like their inhabitants. Birds fly through the ceiling of what once was a church. And then there is Mikael, telling Iris that if she says certain words in a certain order she will get what she wishes for. Feeling tricked, Iris prays for Mikael’s peril instead. To me Prayer is a thrilling story about longing for miracles, fragility of trust and how we deal, or fail to deal, with the misdeeds we do.

  • About the Director:
    Ulrika Bengts graduated as a film director from Stockholm University of the Arts. She has directed more than 30 short films, documentaries, TV-series and features. She is also active as a screenwriter and theatre director. Her features Iris and The Disciple have been awarded at numerous national and international film festivals.