Sep 12, 2018
Kunstnernes Hus Cinema, Oslo


The Raft
Screening and conversation with Marcus Lindeen

At the invitation of FRANK and Kunstnernes Hus Cinema, Marcus Lindeen will screen his film The Raft (2018) on September 12. In 1973, five men and six women drifted across the Atlantic on a raft as part of one of the strangest scientific experiments of all time, studying the sociology of violence, aggression and sexual attraction. Although the project quickly became known in the press as the “Sex Raft,” nobody expected what ultimately took place on that three-month journey. To get to the bottom of what really happened, forty years later the raft’s captain, Maria Björnstam, reunited with the original crew on a replica of the original raft. Lindeen’s film uses extraordinary  archive material to tell the hidden story behind what has been described as “one of the strangest group experiments of all time.” The production designer Simone Grau Roney, known for her work with Lars von Trier, made the exact replica of the raft, which along with other set pieces from the film has been exhibited as an interactive art installation at the Centre Pompidou in Paris and in Kunsthal Charlottenborg in Copenhagen. 

Marcus Lindeen is an artist, writer and director working with both film and theatre. His debut film, Regretters (2010), won a Guldbagge, the Kristallen television price, and the Prix Europa for Best Documentary in 2011. His second film, Accidentes Gloriosos (2011), won a prize at the Venice Film Festival. Lindeen has written and directed several plays for Dramaten, Riksteatern, and Stockholms Stadsteater in Sweden. His latest film, The Raft, won the main prize at Copenhagen’s documentary festival CPH:DOX and will screen in cinemas in Sweden, England, France, Switzerland and Denmark.