The Best Model

Representante do Projeto: Marina Evelina Cracana

País: Sweden

Tagline: Violetta is an ambitious toxicology student convinced that animal testing is inevitable for reliable data in medical research. While handling mice and rats in the lab, her own beliefs are put to test.

Sinopse

Violetta is originally from Siberia and has moved to Stockholm to study toxicology at the Karolinska Institute. The Institute is among the world’s leading medical universities with a focus on the 3Rs – an abbreviation for three sustainable principles in animal research: ”Reduce, Refine and Replace”. Violetta loves animals and grew up surrounded by them in her home. She argues that those who love animals conduct better research on them, because they handle them better, with care.Violetta will work with animal methods and cell methods for one year, a journey at the end of which she hopes to better understand herself and her choices. Her story opens up a heated and tabu topic regarding the use of animals in medical research and brings into focus a conflicted young generation of researchers caught in between the past and the future, looking for The Best Model. We will follow Violetta in the lab, talking with her tutors, classmates, animal activists, friends and family and spending time with animals.

The camera will also go close to the little lab mouse or rat and their curious eyes, we will hear their sniffing and get a sense of their personality. While filming the process of handling and studying the animals, the focus is on Violetta’s inner conflicts. Though professionally conducted, the empirical experience of working with animals in the lab seems to bring Violetta into a gray zone, where doubts infiltrate. 

 

Bio do Autor

 

Yağmur Mısırlıoğlu, director & writer

Åsa Ekman’s diptych on children exposed to domestic violence Say Something (2015) and My life my lesson (2014) premiered at IDFA, won the Swedish TV-prize Kristallen for Best Documentary two years in a row, and reached over ten million viewers. My life my lesson was nominated for the Guldbaggen and won the Nordic Docs award for Best Documentary.

Oscar Hedin founded Film and Tell in 2010 and prior to that he made films that reached large audiences, formed opinions and changed laws. His film about the soccer team Assyriska, A National Team Without a Nation (2005), won the Golden Palm at the Beverly Hills Films Festival. Aching Heart (2007), focusing on the Jihadist movement in Sweden was nominated for a Guldbagge, Prix Europa and Ikaros, and won the Amulet.

Oscar Hedin founded Film and Tell in 2010 and prior to that he made films that reached large audiences, formed opinions and changed laws. His film about the soccer team Assyriska, A National Team Without a Nation (2005), won the Golden Palm at the Beverly Hills Films Festival. Aching Heart (2007), focusing on the Jihadist movement in Sweden was nominated for a Guldbagge, Prix Europa and Ikaros, and won the Amulet.