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.

Incident by the Bank (Händelse vid bank) by Ruben Östlund (2009, 10 min., DCP). A detailed and humorous account of a failed bank robbery: A single take where more than 96 people perform a meticulous choreography for the camera. Winner of the Golden Bear at the 2010 Berlinale Shorts Competition. In Swedish with English subtitles.