In 1909 in an undemocratic Sweden, a bastard child is born. Called Hervor, her mother is unmarried, and therefore labelled a ‘whore’ and driven from her home. Hervor grows up in shelters and orphanages, unwanted and rejected by society. When she becomes an adult, she f...

May 4, 2017

What advertisers are most eager to target in consumers is their desire to be loved, and that primal need is what haunts every frame of Knutte Wester’s “A Bastard Child,” a vividly nuanced ode to the filmmaker’s grandmother, Hervor. She was born in 1909 to a woman, Ada,...

May 4, 2017

Back then, in the beginning of the 19th or even the 18th century, women, especially unmarried ones had to face all possible social discrimination if she happened to give birth to a child. No one would bother asking where that man was or the circumstances that let to th...

Swedish watercolour artist and filmmaker Knutte Wester draws a great amount of inspiration from the stories of his grandmother’s impoverished, trying childhood in the downtrodden, incendiary, but still sadly relevant documentary A Bastard Child.

Born in 1909 to a single...

FILMRECENSIONER Knutte Westers har gjort en stark film om sin farmor, som betraktades som horunge.

Om du har tagit del av Umeåbon Knutte Westers konst vet du att hans tema ofta är flyktingar och migration. Han har gjort skulpturer och filmer som utgått från något v...

February 24, 2017

Knutte Westers farmor var dotter till en ogift kvinna: en ”horunge”. Under fyra års tid har Umeåkonstnären gjort över 650 akvareller som ligger till grund för en animerad dokumentärfilm om farmoderns liv: Horungen. På fredag har den biopremiär.

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January 26, 2017

About 670 expressive watercolor and ink paintings come to life in a moving story about Hervor, who was born in 1909 as the daughter of an unmarried mother.

It took the director and artist Knutte Wester (Gzim Rewind, GFF 2012) four years to complete the pictures that d...

January 14, 2017

On friday the 20th of January A bastard Child has it's norwegian premiere at Tromsø International Film Festival. (Se program here)

The film is in the competition for the Tromsø Palm Award.

The festivals word on the film:

"In 1909, in an undemocratic Sweden, a bastard chil...

December 16, 2016

Works on paper and a film by Knutte Wester 

Throughout 2012–2016, Knutte Wester made one drawing per day. These works were in watercolour and ink on paper. Each picture represents a scene from his grandmother’s life, as told to him by his grandmother herself. The result...

December 14, 2016

Read the press release here (in Swedish)

Under åren 2012–2016 gjorde Knutte Wester en teckning om dagen. Verken utfördes i akvarell och tusch på papper. Varje bild föreställer en scen i hans farmors historia, en historia som Knutte fick höra från farmor själv. Det blev...

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Knutte Wester is Represented by Gallery Andersson/Sandström