Birdhouse man (Holkmannen)

A retired carpenter finds two dead chicks in one of the birdhouses in the yard. The roof of his hand crafted birdhouse had cracked after 30 years of wear and tear, and rain had been seeping in. Driven by guilt he starts designing and mass producing "the best birdhouse in the world".

This short documentary premiered at Göteborg International Film Festival in January of 2014, and was broadcast on Swedish national television (SVT) in May of 2014. Enjoy the film in its entirety here.

Directed and produced by Mattias Olsson, in collaboration with Swedish National Television (SVT) and Swedish Film Institute (SFI).


Bonus material

My father - the protagonist of the film Birdhouse man - was quite different in his teaching methods. Something that got him in trouble at times. This is a scene that didn't make it into the film, but is still very touching.

Gomorron Sverige

Here's a clip from the morning show Gomorron Sverige with Bengt and Mattias in the studio discussing bird houses and the film (available in Swedish only)