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Jacob Secher Schulsinger & Nicolas Pereda – Killing Strangers

Jacob Secher Schulsinger


Born in 1979 in Copenhagen. Jacob graduated from The National Danish Film School as a film editor in 2009. He started his career as a film editor with a number of short fictions and documentary films. The most of his work as a film editor has been selected and awarded at numerous film festivals all over the world including Cannes FF, Sundance, European Film Awards, Cinema Eye and IDFA. In the beginning of 2011 Jacob finished editing his first two fiction features. The first film was director Rúnar Rúnarsson's debut 'Volcano' and the second 'Play' by director Ruben Östlund. Both films had their international premiere at the Cannes Film Festival 2011. 'Play' was selected for the Directors' Fortnight's 'Special Pick'. The documentary 'Fini' (2010) was Jacob's debut as director. It got screened at CPH:DOX and was awarded the DANISH:DOX Award and the Jury's Special Mention.

Nicolas Pereda


Nicolas got a MA in Fine Arts and Film from York University, Canada. His latest film 'Summer of Goliath' (2010) was selected for screening at a number of film festivals: Venice Biennale, TIFF, Rotterdam IFF, Paris Cinema, Nouveau Cinema and CPH:PIX among others. It received the Orizzonti Award for Best Feature Film at the Venice Biennale 2010, Best Film Cinema of the Future Competition at BAFICI and the Critics Award at Valdiva IFF (Chile). His previous film include 'All Things Were Now Overtaken By Silence' (2010), awarded the Image Prize for Best Canadian Media Art Work at the Images Festival, Toronto and 'Perpetuum Mobile' (2009) which was screened at several festivals and awarded the Best Work in Progress at Toulouse FF, Best Film Guadalajara FF(Mexico) and Best Director at Gramado IFF (Brazil).


Killing Strangers


Through a series of casting sessions, reconstructions and improvised scenes, the film tells the story of three young men who in vain try to join the Mexican revolution in 1910, and get lost in the desert north of Mexico. On their journey, they face each other's fears, their unrealistic dreams and hopes, and, not least, today's stereotypical depiction of Mexico's revolutionary past. The rules of the game gradually become apparent in Nicolàs Pereda and Jacob Schulsinger's conceptually tight, yet imaginative film, which ventures out to where history becomes myth and myth becomes truth. In other words, 'Killing Strangers' charts how the glorious creation myths that all nations tell about themselves are created and reproduced in a process that involves the imagination of its citizens. However, the question remains whether revolutions also have a beginning, middle and an end? And even if a legend has long been declared 'fact', can we still get away with printing it? A playful and meta-revolutionary post-Western, which deftly deconstructs the modern nation state's narrative foundation. The film premiered at Berlinale Forum 2013.