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51st Directors’ Fortnight May 15-25, 2019

Take Off

Fortnight 1973, Short film,


Take Off shows a glamorously dressed middle-aged stripper, who provokingly stares at the spectator as she removes her garments one at a time. This sharp parody of the female role model, and the sexualisation of women’s bodies, was Gunvor Nelson’s most popular film since Schmeerguntz.


Gunvor Nelson

She was born in Stockholm but grew up in Kristinehamn and then moved back to Stockholm. She attended the Stockholm University College of Arts, Crafts and Design and later Beckmans College of Design. She moved to the USA and began using the film camera as an artistic tool early in her career, and following her debut film, Schmeerguntz in 1966, she became one of the key figures in the avant-garde film movement that emerged in California in the 1960s. She held a professorship at the San Francisco Art Institute when she returned to Sweden. She settled in Kristinehamn. She has resumed making films, with digital video as her new medium.