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Films From Sweden

Although different from most of Bergman's films, the recurring theme of death in life is still present in So Close To Life — in mood it is probably closer to Wild Strawberries than most of his other works. Three women — one unhappily married with a threatened miscarriage, one happily ... Read more
A Soap cleaned up at this year's Berlin Film Festival where it won a Silver Bear Award, Best Debut Film and was nominated for a Golden Bear Award. ... Charlotte could have it all but she doesn't want any of it. When she moves away from her boyfriend, she happens to become the upstairs neighbour of ... Read more
This should be seen as a fragment of a larger, uncompleted project meant to contribute to the AIDS debate. Begun in'86 and called off in '87, the National Board of Health and Welfare of Sweden, having commissioned the film, can-ceiled production because it felt that certain scenes were too strong ... Read more
Co-winner of the Jury prize at this year's Cannes Film Festival (sharing the prize with Blackboards, also showing at MIFF), Songs From the Second Floor is an alarmingly funny and bold film. ... 'Songs From the Second Floor, directed by Sweden's Roy Andersson, is the most provocative of this year's ... Read more
An ingenious introduction to modern Sweden — its landscape and inhabitants — as seen by the well- known Danish director, Henning Carlsen. ... Read more
A lyrical portrayal of how Spring comes to Sweden. The story is told by a series of impressions and without words. ... Read more
... ... Ten-year-old Nisse suffers a serious asthma attack that puts him into the hospital in the middle of summer. There, he meets Lelle, 12, a 'troublesome' patient and the hospital's enfant terrible. Lelle has a secret plan, a project, a dream. ... ... ... At first Lelle brusquely refuses to ... Read more
The lives of the inhabitants of a Swedish seaboard village that becomes a resort in summer are contrasted with those of visitors. The atmosphere of a little fishing village is beautifully caught, the impact of trippers on it equally well described. The film has all the best of Sucksdorff's ... Read more
After several short sequences from early films, we learn how Charles Magnusson in 1912 engaged Victor Sjostrom, and thereby laid the foundations of the great Swedish silent cinema period. Extracts from a number of well-known features are then shown. Of Sjostrom's films we see Ingehorg Holm, 1913 ... Read more
A film about the so-called "gourd" paintings which were done by the itinerant peasant artists who flourished in the Dalecarlia district of Sweden in the 18th Century. The scenes usually have a religious content although floral motifs recur frequently. ... Read more
Showcasing distinctive voices in Swedish short film, this program puts forward the adventurous, the esoteric and the experimental, as well as recent festival favourites by Swedish directors. ... Astrid (15 mins) follows an 11-year-old rebelling against her mother and getting an unexpected problem ... Read more
Puppetboy has a hot date - he's bought chips and everything. How far will he get with Ulla? ... --- D/P/S Johannes Nyholm WS Joclo L Swedish w/English subtitles TD 35mm/2008 ... Read more
A compassionate account of drug dependence, adapted from the true story of a young mother's descent into heroin addiction. ... A young mother-to-be finds her world crumbling around her. Witnessing her mother's abuse at the hand of a alcoholic boyfriend, she escapes into drugs and drink - a ... Read more
A delightfully delicious "smorgasbord" of sound effects which explodes on the palate The artist arrives in the country to give a performance. At the airport he meets a customs officer, who goes to see the show ... Winner of the BAFTA Award 1988, Best Short Fiction ... Read more
Many of the best Swedish films are identified with the work of Stiller and Sjostrom. The novels of Selma Lagerlof provide nearly all the material for their best films, including Thy Soul Shall Bear Witness and Gosta Berling. ... Set within a definite period, elaborately staged and dressed, Gosta ... Read more
A fascinating, musically driven nine-year journey through a period of major social upheaval in the US. ... A treasure trove of archived film reels, rescued from the vaults of Swedish television, form the basis for this hard-hitting documentary from Göran Hugo Olsson, a tour de force that ... Read more
... ... After Crushing Edvard Munch, one ot the finest cinematic portraits of an artist ever made, Peter Watkins began work on another film about a tormented Scandinavian artist, the brilliant and troubled playwright August Strindberg However, financing was difficult to obtain; The Journey. which ... Read more
'How could such a brilliant man be so deluded?' - Independent ... The youngest person ever to graduate from Harvard Medical School, D. Carleton Gajdusek was a brilliant mind who won the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for his work on degenerative neurological disorders. Studying diseases in ... Read more
" 'Mary Turner, wife of Richard Turner, a farmer at Ngesi, was found murdered on the front verandah of their homestead yesterday morning. The houseboy who has been arrested, has confessed to the crime. No motive has been discovered.' ... The above lines form the introduction to Doris Lessing's ... Read more
An invisible bicycle helmet is a symbol for the impossible. If you can swing it everything is possible. ... Design students Anna Haupt and Terese Alstin live in Malmö, Sweden, where everybody uses bikes. Aware that bicycle helmets are one of the issues standing in the way of other cities having ... Read more
I don't think we can ever say that we are informed rather that we are formed. ... Interviewee in The Journey ... Peter Watkins new film The Journey, the highlight of the International Forum at this year's Berlin Film Festival, has been reviewed overseas as a film which pioneers new directions in ... Read more
Bergman's interpretation of Mozart's The Magic Flute spins a tale as ethereal and timeless as Shakespeare's Midsummer Night's Dream. Tamino (Josef Kostlinger) is a knight of pure spirit, enticed by the Queen of the Night into abducting her daughter Pamina (Irma Urilla). Her captor, Sarastro (Ulrik ... Read more
Swedish director Bo Widerberg filmed this police thriller from a novel, 'The Abominable Man', following his film for children, Stubby An earlier film version of a Sjoewall-Wahloo novel, 'The Laughing Policeman', was made in Hollywood by Stuart Rosenberg, for The Man on the Roof, the authors of the ... Read more
A stark, slow-burning predecessor to the current wave of Swedish crime cinema. ... Inspired by William Friedkin's Oscar-winning The French Connection, The Man on the Roof adapts Maj Sjöwall and Per Wahlöö's crime novel The Abominable Man into an exploration of police corruption. ... After a ... Read more
An extraordinary film project that takes us inside the story of a remarkable painting. ... Flemish painter Pieter Brueghel's 1564 masterpiece The Procession to Calvary is an immense work of art that draws together the events of Christ's crucifixion with that of Flanders' sacking by Spanish forces ... Read more
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