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Still from the film "A Bastard Child"

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The Film Gallery, Paris

Horungen  /  A Bastard Child


Film (DCP) (2016/2017)

In 1909, in an undemocratic Sweden, a bastard child is born and given the name of Hervor. Her mother is unmarried, due to which she is called a ”whore" and is driven from her home. Hervor grows up in shelters and orphanages, unwanted, rejected by society. As an adult she spends her life struggling for social justice. In old age she tells us her unique story.


Director Knutte Wester brings his grandmother's memories to life thought hand painted animated images and has us witness someone being rejected in order to unite others. A story that all too often still repeats itself.


The film A Bastard Child Premiered at the Documentary film festival in Amsterdam (IDFA) were it was nominated for best mid-length documentary. It has been screened at many international film festivals such as Toronto Hot Docs, EIDF in Seul, Tessaloniki, Docpoint Helsinki, Evropa Film Akt in and TRT in Istanbul.

Inquires regarding paintings from the film can be sent to 

Gallery Andersson/Sandström here

The Nordic Watercolour Museum has published a book with all paintings from the film. It can be viewed here.

The film is distributed by Taskovski Films

Trailer below

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