The Guitar Mongoloid (Gitarrmongot) by Ruben Östlund (2004, 89 min., 35 mm). Euphoric joy and purposeful destructivity is present in Östlund’s feature debut. In each sequence, the camera remains in a fixed position, recording events as they unfold. On a roof, a young boy twists TV antennas so viewers’ reception goes fuzzy. A woman leaves her apartment, showing signs of compulsive behavior. A boy plays his guitar, screaming the lyrics. Young men destroy all the bicycles they can find. These people, and others, reappear throughout the film, which has no traditional narrative. Instead it describes moods and feelings in Sweden in the new millennium. Although not a documentary, most of the people seen in the film are non-actors, more or less playing themselves. In Swedish with English subtitles.

Autobiographical Scene Number 6882 (Scen nr: 6882 ur mitt liv) by Ruben Östlund (2005, 9 min., DCP). A young man celebrates Midsummer’s Eve together with friends in Smögen, on the west coast of Sweden. He makes his friends come and watch as he is going to jump in to the sea from a very high bridge, but a warning from a stranger stops him in his tracks. In Swedish with English subtitles.