Eat Sleep Die

Äta Sova Dö

Eat Sleep Die

Gabriela Pichler

Feature Film

»I knew that without a perfectly casted main character the film would be nothing. One day Lotta [Forsblad] got a name and a number that went to a girl that was said to have been a bit of a tomboy when she was a teenager. … She came with an elegant scarf around her shoulders, and feminine clothes, and I was thinking ›Oh God …‹ but then she knocked us out completely … and she got the role without even having applied for it in the first place.«
– Gabriela Pichler in:

»Sweden has an uneasy relationship with a self-image that has to come to terms with its status as an immigration and asylum country. I want to be part of the process of redefining Sweden’s national identity. Someone like Rasa, an intense, cocky, straightforward Muslim working class girl who doesn’t give a shit what others think about her is an obvious challenge to the way Swedes have traditionally seen themselves.«
– Gabriela Pichler

Rasa originally comes from the Balkans, works in a factory in rural Sweden and is actually quite content with life. She handles her job routinely and gets on pretty will with her women colleagues. Nor does Rasa, a Muslima, face any religious hassle. The only worry she has is her sick and jobless father for whom she looks after financially. However, these worries begin to multiply when the factory owner informs Rasa and her colleagues that he is going to have to let people go because of falling sales. Rasa thus ends up on a collision course not only with society – and all its weird bureaucracy, contradictory values and expectations – but also with her father who takes a snap-decision to move to Norway.

Awards for ›Äta Sova Dö‹
Grand Prix du Jury, Best Picture & Best Actress in a Leading Role for Nermina Lukač, Angers Film Festival 2013 | Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Picture & Best Actress in a Leading Role for Nermina Lukač, Guldbagge Award 2013 | Nermina Lukacˇ Shooting Star, European Film Promotion, 2013 | Greta Award, the Swedish Federation of Film Critics 2012 | Audience Award, Venice Film Festival 2012 | NDR Film Preis, Nordische Filmtage Lübeck 2012 | Grand Jury Prize, New Auteur Section, American Film Institute Festival 2012 | Golden Giraldillo & Best Actress for Nermina Lukač Seville International Film Festival 2012 | Årets Rising Star, Stockholm Film Festival 2012

Film programme An Excess of Order

Director / Script

Gabriela Pichler


Johan Lundborg


Gabriela Pichler, Johan Lundborg


Martin Hennel


Nermina Lukač, Milan Dragisič, Jonathan Lampinen, Peter Fält, Ruzica Pichler


Anagram Film, China Åhlander


The Yellow Affair

Gabriela Pichler

Gabriela Pichler focuses in her films on themes of social class and cultural identity. The daughter of a Bosnian mother and Austrian father, she was born 1980 in Huddinge, a suburb of Stockholm. She herself first worked in a biscuit family before studying at the School of Film Directing in Gothenburg, Sweden. In 2009, her first short film Scratches won a Guldbagge, the Swedish national film award. Eat sleep Die is her debut feature film.

Films by Gabriela Pichler (Selection)
Skrapsår 2008 | Tova & Tess – King and Queen of the World 2008 | Tokyo Underground Party 2007 | Boredom (Leda) 2007 | Man Måste Va Frisk För Att Orka Ha Ont 2005 | Nångång 2004