State of Affairs


Fredrik Gertten
Screening time  
19.03. / Thursday, 18:00 - 20:00 Theatre 7 Ticket
21.03. / Saturday, 21:00 - 23:00 Theatre 4 Ticket

Gentrification is a fatal phenomenon affecting many cities, transforming low-class neighbourhoods into highly desirable districts, gradually driving house prices up and the original inhabitants out. Are the new wealthy occupants to blame for the price hikes, or is there something else going on? Filmmaker Fredrik Gertten follows the UN's Special Rapporteur on the Right to Housing as she investigates the shrouded world of venture capitalists, property speculators and slumlords. She visits major cities in Great Britain, Spain, Chile and South Korea to see how such a wide variety of locations are beset with an almost identical problem: tenants facing a tripling of their rent while luxury homes, or even entire developments, are left vacant on purpose. Bricks are the new currency, and the big cities are playgrounds for the rich, claims one of the interviewees. Can anything be done to push back this "property Mafia"? Committed citizens living on different continents point out that a city centre is more than just a desirable location. They are fighting for better regulations in the hope of turning the tide. Perhaps all that is needed is a push in the right direction.


Fredrik Gertten

Fredrik Gertten is an award-winning Swedish director and journalist. His latest works Becoming Zlatan (2016), Bikes VS Cars (2015), Big Boys Gone Bananas!* (2012) and Bananas!* (2009) were screened all over the world at many international festivals, including ZagrebDox. In 1994, Gertten founded production company WG Film. In October 2017, he was named Honorary Doctor at Malmö University's Faculty of Culture and Society for his work as a documentary filmmaker.

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2019, 92'

Directed by:
Fredrik Gertten

Screenplay by:
Fredrik Gertten

Janice d’Avila, Iris Ng

Edited by:
Erik Wall Bäfving

Florencia Di Concilio

Margarete Jangård

Produced by:
WG Film

Festivals & Awards:

CPH:DOX 2019 – Politiken Audience Award; Docs Barcelona 2019 – Young Jury Reteena Award ; Life After Oil International Film Festival 2019 – Special Mention; DOCSMX 2019 – Global Docs Jury Award; FreedomFilmFest 2019 – Justin Louis Award Best Documentary; San Francisco Green Film Festival 2019 – Best Feature; Nuremberg Human Rights Film Festival 2019 – Open Eyes Youth Jury Award; IDFA 2019; Hot Docs 2019; New Zealand International Film Festival 2019; Antenna Docuemntary Film Festival 2019; Belfast Film Festival 2019


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