In a state-funded nursing home on the outskirts of Stockholm, a close relationship develops between Monica, a compassionate care worker who still grieves for her grandmother, and Ella – a 99-year-old resident without a family of her own. With humor and tenderness, their story unveils the ups and downs of growing old and giving and receiving care in late life.
“LIVE TILL I DIE” tells a story about trying to reconcile with life coming to an end, and to do so with humor, warmth and flying colors. The film challenges our image of what elderly care can be … and what it can become.
Sweden, 2022, 27 min., Swedish with English and Bulgarian subtitles
Script: Gustav Ågerstrand, Åsa Ekman
Directors: Gustav Ågerstrand, Åsa Ekman, Anders Teigen, Oscar Hedin Hetteberg
Cinematography: Gustav Ågerstrand
Music: Janne Tavares
Production: Film and Tell (Sweden)
Live Till I Die is being directed by a collective of four directors: Gustav Ågerstrand, Åsa Ekman, Oscar Hedin Hetteberg, and Anders Teigen. This approach is based on their past work experience together and personal connection to the topic. Oscar Hedin, Åsa Ekman and Anders Teigen worked together in a similar way on the films My life my lesson and Say Something which premiered at IDFA. Oscar Hedin, Åsa Ekman, and Gustav Ågerstrand worked together on The Good Country. Besides co-directing they all have secondary roles: producer (Oscar), scriptwriter (Åsa), DOP (Gustav), and editor (Anders).