Tracks is a combination of two distinct media: audio and video. Because they are never shown together –none of the interviewees speaks on-camera—they remain separated.
There is the story of the train operators who share their experience with jumpers, people who commit suicide by letting themselves be ravaged by a passing train. And there is the visual element: fairly uniform images shot from the perspective of the train operator. The viewer is immersed in the train ride. Without the audio, this could just be another show about beautiful train rides. But the combination with the story leads to something new: rather than a vehicle for a sightseeing tour, the train morphs into a murder machine. The viewer expects a jumper to appear out of nowhere for the camera. And tension gradually builds up as the suicide fails to materialize. Like in a good horror film, you know that a monster will make its appearance, but you don’t know when…
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Gunnar Bergdahl (Stockholm, 1951) is a film critic, author, and filmmaker. His prolific career ranges from working as a programmer for an arthouse cinema, to becoming the Festival Director of the Göteborg Film Festival between 1993 and 2002. He was named Best Swedish Journalist in 1995, and was decorated by the University of Göteborg in that same year. His documentary, “The Voice of Ljudmila” was named Best Swedish documentary of 2002. He has published four books: ”The 20th Century of Bergman” (2000), ”Ludmillas book” (2002), ”Interlude in Smygehuk” (2002), "Elected Culture” (2008), ”Ljudmila from Chernobyl” (2011), and directed seven films: ”The Voice of Bergman ” (doc, 1997), ”The Voice of Ljudmila” (doc, 2001), ”Ingmar Bergman; Intermezzo” (doc, 2002), ”The Voice of Silence" (short, 2003), ”Ljudmila & Anatolij” (doc, 2006), ”TRACKS” (doc, 2016), ”Last Breath” (short, 2017). In addition, he has participated as editor for several newspapers. In 1997, the city of Göteborg named a tram wagon after him.