A Bastard Child

Sweden, Norway, 2017, 57 min.


Knutte Wester


Therese Högberg


Knutte Wester

Rights Holder

Taskovski Films


Bautafilm, Pomor Film

In 1909, in an undemocratic Sweden, a bastard child is born and given the name of Hervor. Her mother is unmarried, due to which she is called a “whore” and driven away from her home. Hervor grows up at shelters and orphanages, unwanted, rejected by society. As an adult she spends her life struggling for social justice. In old age she tells us her unique story. Director Knutte Wester brings his grandmother’s memories to life through hand-painted animated images and has us witness someone being rejected in order to unite others.

2017 Cronograf IDFF (Moldova) – Best Directing
Pärnu IDFF (Estonia) – Audience Award
Knutte Wester - 1

Knutte Wester

Born in 1977, he studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Umeå and Johannesburg. His debut film was the documentary GZIM REWIND (2012) followed by short film DAWN IN A CITY WITHOUT NAME who won best Swedish Short at Tempo 2014. In 2015, he won several awards for his artistic work, including the price from ABF and a working grant from the Swedish Artist Grants’ Committee for his work. In 2015, he was Artist in Residence at NARS in New York, working with film project A BASTARD CHILD.

Selected filmography

2017 A Bastard Child

2014 Dawn in A City Without Name