Vinterboj Winter Buoy

In a frozen mid-winter Toronto, a group of nurses are fighting to give vulnerable homeless pregnant women the possibility of a new life with their newborns. Winter Buoy is a poetic and rough exploration of hope and trust, and of the individuals behind the faces many of us choose not to see.


International Competition of Cinéma du Réel Nominee France 2015
Tempo Documentary Award Nominee Sweden 2015
Gothenburg Film Festival Nominee (Best Nordic Documentary) Sweden 2015
Nordic International Film Festival Awards (Best Documentary) US 2015
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  • Winter Buoy takes the shape of an impressive feature documentary debut. And it’s full of austere imagery that marries the not particularly flattering milieus and architecture that surround the protagonists with their life stories. Do yourself a service and see the film. Goodness does exist.”


    Dagens Nyheter, Sweden

  • “An absolutely brilliant documentary. /…/ An image of unaffected humanity that possesses a rare beauty.”


    Kommunalarbetaren, Sweden

  • “The conversations between the nurses and the pregnant women with addiction issues constitute the spine of the film. But the movie would never have worked on the big screen without the mood that director Frida Kempff builds between them. It’s poetic lyrical imagery that gives us pause for breath and thought.”


    Svenska Dagbladet, Sweden

  • “Grippingly told about outcasts and heroes.”


    Göteborgs-Posten, Sweden

  • “A powerful and gripping piece of the real world. /…/ Frida Kempff uses the imagery to underscore what she wants to say. The gray weather, stubbornly winter-like, sets the mood. The contrast between the panoramas of the giant city and the warm people seen in the close-ups is tangible in this important and gripping story.”


    Upsala Nya Tidning, Sweden

  • “A striking portrait.”


    Nöjesguiden, Sweden

  • “A merciless hit to the heart.”


    TT, Sweden

  • “The story of these women will have you completely absorbed.”


    Gomorron Sverige, SVT, Sweden

  • “It’s hard not to love this film and its heroines.”


    Västerbotten-Kuriren, Sweden

Photo: Johan Bergmark Frida Kempff
  • Documentary
  • Drama

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