LOVing lorna


In Ballymun, a suburb of Dublin, horses have been an integral part of everyday life for generations. 17-year-old Lorna’s family is no exception. Lorna would like to become a farrier after she finishes school, if only she weren’t plagued by a bad back. In this poetic study, the two Swedish directors paint a portrait of a young woman in search of happiness, fulfilled dreams and her own proper place in the world.

Berlinale 2017



Annika & Jessica Karlsson.

Contact: systerskaparnaab@gmail.com

Instagram: #lovinglorna #lovinglornafilm

Together, the sisters founded the production company Systerskaparna AB, which produced the documentary Loving Lorna. The film had it’s International premiere and was nominated for a Crystal bear at Berlin International Film festival. The film was shown around the world, and also nominated for Best Documentary at PRIX EUROPA 2017. They've also directed and produced the short documentary Taxidancing (2012), screened at Tempo Film Festival 2012 and shown in Swedish cinemas the same year. At the moment they are working on their new (short) documentary A Legacy of Horses (2019)

Foto: Pia Letho




May: Berlin Documentary Film Club, Berlin

May: Beldocs, Belgrad


November: Festival Cinèma Jeune Public, Lousanne

November: Exground 30th Filmfest, Weisbaden

October: Reykjavik International Film Festival, Reykjavik

September: Irish Screen America, New York

September: Irish Film Institue Doc Fest, Dublin

September: DMZ Docs, Goyang 고양

September: Nordisk Panorama, Malmö

July: 29th Galway Film Fleadh, Galway

May/June: 57th Zlin Film Festival, Zlin

May: Nordic/Docs, Fredrikstad

April: Hot Docs International Film Festival, Toronto

March: Tempo Dokumentärfestival, Stockholm

February: Doc Lounge, Kalmar

February: Berlin International Film Festival, Berlin

January: Göteborgs Internationella Filmfestival, Göteborg 




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Watch Loving Lorna at Draken Film!

Draken Film have just launched Loving Lorna to their wonderful collection! <3 Stream Loving Lorna here

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Interview with Draken Film!

Read this interview Draken Film did with us, while launching our film. Read it here, the interview became very nice.


Buy a Loving Lorna poster!

We now have posters for sale, buy one and get some horsepower in your house!

Size: 100 x 70 cm. Price: 230 kr (within Sweden) Contact us here!


Cultural grant in film from the City of Stockholm.

This summer we were invited to the Prize Ceremony in the City Hall to receive the cultural grant in film from the City of Stockholm. Motivation (translated): Annika and Jessica are inspired by people’s personal stories and bring their stories to light. In their latest film Loving Lorna, the sisters show new perspectives on the Irish horse culture in the outcast of Dublin. With a poetic tone and excellent photo they portrait a young woman in search of fulfilled dreams in a changing world. Photo by:Maria Annas

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Loving Lorna at SVT Dokumentär

Loving Lorna has been aired in Swedish Television and can be seen at the Svt Play (only Sweden until March (2018)) -----> here


Winner at Nordisk Panorama

We are very happy that Loving Lorna won the prestigious prize "Best New Nordic Voice" among all the Nordic Films at Nordisk Panorama in Malmö! The jury motivation:

A sensible and heart-gripping coming-of-age film about finding your way of living in a changing world, whether it’s the importance of keeping up tradition or breaking loose. We instantly fell in love with the lead character, a strong and beautiful young woman. We want her to stay the way she is: Loving Lorna.

Read more-----> here


Loving Lorna is Nominated for PRIX EUROPA

We are happy to announce that Loving Lorna is nominated for PRIX EUROPA for "Best Documentary" Read more about the festival---> here



We appear in the culture program "KOBRA", talking about the horse culture in Ballymun in general and more specific about Loving Lorna. See the clip of us (on Kobras Facebook page)----> here


Exhibition at Fotografiska, Stockholm

We appear in the group exhibition "Like a horse" at Fotografiska in Stockholm, showing scenes from Loving Lorna. The horse as its common denominator in this exhibition and reflects our relationship with this powerful, spiritual, beautiful and hard-working animal.Read more and get to the page ---> here


On the radio!

We were invited to talk about Loving Lorna at the Swedish Radio (P5). Listen to the whole radio program or just listen to some parts from it. Listen -----> here