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Frida Kempff

Frida Kempff (b. 1977), Swedish director and screenwriter, began her visual arts career in television, where she produced and directed several projects and documentaries. Following her graduation from the Stockholm Academy of Dramatic Arts, Kempff made a splash on the international scene with her 2009 documentary short, Bathing Micky. The title won several international awards, including the Prix du Jury at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival.

In 2015, Kempff made her full-length debut with the documentary Winter Buoy. The film premiered at the Gothenburg Film Festival, where it was nominated for the Nordic Dragon Award for ‘Best Nordic Documentary’. Winter Buoy went on to win ‘Best Documentary’ at the Nordic International Film Festival in the US.

Knocking, Kempff’s debut feature film, premiered at the 2021 Sundance Film Festival in the Midnight section. Currently she is working on a feature film called The Swedish Torpedo, which tells the story of Sally Bauer, the first Scandinavian to swim the English Channel. Kempff is the director of the film as well as one of the co-writers.

Awards

Narcisse Award Nominee (Best Feature Film) Switzerland – Knackningar Knocking 2021
Cinalfama Lisbon International Film Awards (Best Debut Film) Portugal – Varg Wolf 2017
Silver Remi Award at World Fest-Houston International Film Festival US – Varg Wolf 2017
Special mention at Montreal World Film Festival Canada – Varg Wolf 2017
Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival Nominee (Best Short Documentary) Canada – Cirklar Circles 2016
Stockholm Film Festival Awards (1 km film) Sweden – Älskade unge Dear Kid 2016
Nordisk Panorama Nominee (Nordic Short Film Award) Sweden – Cirklar Circles 2016
Gothenburg Film Festival Nominee (Short Film Award) Sweden – Cirklar Circles 2016
International Competition of Cinéma du Réel Nominee France – Vinterboj Winter Buoy 2015
Tempo Documentary Award Nominee Sweden – Vinterboj Winter Buoy 2015
Gothenburg Film Festival Nominee (Best Nordic Documentary) Sweden – Vinterboj Winter Buoy 2015
Nordic International Film Festival Awards (Best Documentary) US – Vinterboj Winter Buoy 2015
ZagrebDox International Competition Nominee (Big Stamp) Croatia – Medan du var borta While You Were Gone 2013
Cinema Eye Honors Awards Nominee (Outstanding Achievement in Nonfiction Short Filmmaking) US – Micky Badar Bathing Micky 2012
Stockholm Film Festival Nominee (1km Film Award) Sweden – Medan du var borta While You Were Gone 2011
Lume International Film Festival Nominee (Best Short Film) Brazil – Micky Badar Bathing Micky 2011
Cannes Film Festival Awards (Prix du Jury) France – Micky Badar Bathing Micky 2010
Palme d’Or, Cannes Film Festival Nominee France – Micky Badar Bathing Micky 2010
Capalbio International Short Film Festival (Best Cinematography) Italy – Micky Badar Bathing Micky 2010
Expresion en Corto International Film Festival (Best Short Documentary) Mexico – Micky Badar Bathing Micky 2010
Miami International Short Film Festival US – Micky Badar Bathing Micky 2010
Nordisk Panorama Nominee (Nordic Documentary Film Award) Sweden – Micky Badar Bathing Micky 2010
Skepto International Film Festival (Grand Prix) France – Micky Badar Bathing Micky 2010
Kinemastik’s Audience Award Malta – Micky Badar Bathing Micky 2010
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Filmography

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‘Knocking’ to premiere in Sweden

Following its world premiere in the Midnight section of the Sundance Film Festival, Frida Kempff’s Knocking has opened in US cinemas to great acclaim. The movie will be released in Sweden on November 5. 

Knocking, based on Johan Theorin’s short story Knocks, revolves around a woman who moves into a new apartment after a tragic accident and begins to hear a disturbing knocking, which sounds like a call for help or a message in Morse code. She confronts her neighbours as the knocking intensifies but it becomes clear that no one else can hear it.

“Gripping from first scene to last.”
– The Hollywood Reporter 

“With Knocking, Kempff masterfully crafts the slow steady decline of a mind on edge. /…/ A real masterclass of building tension and character work. /…/ All will be kept on the edge of their seat.” 
– The Hollywood News

“Knocking is a Aronofsky-like knockout.”
– Pajiba

“A stifling, claustrophobic nightmare. /…/ A smouldering slow-burn of a movie that will linger in your mind for some time.” 
– Starburst Magazine

“A sharp debut. /…/ Strikingly atmospheric cinematography and an intense central performance.” 
– Screen Daily

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Frida Kempff joins Salomonsson Agency

Frida Kempff (b. 1977), Swedish director and screenwriter, began her visual arts career in television, where she produced and directed several projects and documentaries. Following her graduation from the Stockholm Academy of Dramatic Arts, Kempff made a splash on the international scene with her 2009 documentary short, Bathing Micky. The title won several international awards, including the Prix du Jury at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival. 

In 2015, Kempff made her full-length debut with the documentary Winter Buoy. The film premiered at the Gothenburg Film Festival, where it was nominated for the Nordic Dragon Award for ‘Best Nordic Documentary’. Winter Buoy went on to win ‘Best Documentary’ at the Nordic International Film Festival in the US.

Knocking, Kempff’s debut feature film, premiered at the 2021 Sundance Film Festival in the Midnight section. Currently she is working on a feature film called The Swedish Torpedo, which tells the story of Sally Bauer, the first Scandinavian to swim the English Channel. Kempff is the director of the film as well as one of the co-writers.