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Facing North: Swedish Cinema in Focus

Ingrid Bergman in one of the best roles of her career. ... Embittered by her disfigured face - the result of a childhood accident - Anna Holm is the cruel mastermind of an underground ring of criminals. When a blackmail scheme goes awry, Anna's intended victim, a plastic surgeon, takes pity on her ... Read more
Astrid follows an 11-year-old rebelling against her mother and getting an unexpected problem to solve. ... Screens as part of the Swedish Shorts package. ... D Fijona Jonuzi P Emma Kjellander WS Swedish Film Institute L Swedish w/English subtitles TD digibeta/2012 ... Read more
"An assured, darkly humorous portrait of an affluent class in hedonistic self-denial, Avalon marks the arrival of a promising new voice in Swedish filmmaking." - FIPRESCI jury, Toronto International Film Festival ... With characters inspired by the director's parents and their friends, this ... Read more
"Such a powerful drama, so grittily and convincingly carried by its faultless cast." - Screen Daily ... Acclaimed Swedish actress Pernilla August makes her debut behind the camera with this tense drama that charts the lasting effects felt by children raised in troubled households. ... Living ... Read more
“You are naïve if you take a pop at a big multi-national and not think they'll come at you.” ... A confronting documentary that captures the repercussions of Swedish director Fredrik Gertten's film BANANAS!* (MIFF 10) - investigating the successful lawsuit of 12 Nicaraguan workers against ... Read more
Bogland is the a quirky tale of two Sápmi girls seeking answers to their heritage. ... Screens as part of the Swedish Shorts package. ... D Jonas Selberg Augustsén P Freddy Olsson WS Swedish Film Institute L Sami w/English subtitles TD digibeta/2011 ... Read more
“This tonally razor-sharp debut by helmer Levan Akin oozes authenticity and filmmaking savoir-faire.” - Variety ... An acutely observed ensemble piece about a dinner party that goes off the rails, Certain People centres on a group of self-absorbed, arty thirty-somethings set to enjoy a ... Read more
“It is smart and sexy and thrilling and shocking.” - Twitch ... Based on the best-selling book (the first in a trilogy) by practising Swedish defence lawyer Jens Lapidus, this tautly directed crime thriller criss-crosses between the lives of three very different characters. Penniless but ... Read more
“Part poetry, part sociological snapshot of small-town life, Falkenberg Farewell is like a Swedish I Vitelloni - the opening salvo from a new and distinctive talent.” - Toronto Film Festival ... Jesper Ganslandt's visionary debut is a farewell to his own childhood, created in collaboration with ... Read more
While dad and daughter prepare the evening meal, mum gets kinky in the bath. ... Screens as part of the Swedish Shorts package. ... D Stefan Constantinescu P Helene Lindholm WS Swedish Film Institute L Swedish w/English subtitles TD digibeta/2012 ... Read more
Winner of Best Swedish Feature at the Gothenburg International Film Festival. ... Like a bizarrely surreal, acid-drenched version of The Office, this wacky first feature by Patrick Eklund has been highly anticipated following the success of his short films, the Oscar-nominated Instead of ... Read more
In Fungus, the noisy protests of a neighbour whose husband just died compels Katrin to face her ex. ... Screens as part of the Swedish Shorts package. ... D Charlotta Miller P Emma Sahlgren WS Swedish Film Institute L Swedish w/English subtitles TD digibeta/2011 ... Read more
When thirty-something Hanna finds herself at a party full of 20-year-old men, she has to get over her discomfort in order to become ‘one of the boys'. ... Screens with Pure (Sweden, 97 mins). ... D Fijona Jonuzi P Emma Kjellander WS Swedish Film Institute L Swedish w/English subtitles TD ... Read more
“We follow individuals that are of most importance to each other, but they are not honest to each other.” - Björn Runge, director ... Preceded by Daybreak (which won the Silver Bear at the Berlinale) and Mouth To Mouth, the final film in Börn Runge's ‘liberation' trilogy follows five very ... Read more
A tense triple murder tale straight from the Swedish newspaper headlines. ... Renowned Swedish director Jan Troell (Oscar-nominated for The Emigrants) examines the dark dynamic between a couple of killers in the psychological drama of Il Capitano. ... Reminiscent of Bonnie and Clyde, Badlands and ... Read more
“Unsettlingly insistent, smartly played and bleakly hilarious.” - Empire Online ... Reuben Östlund's Cannes hit Play featured at MIFF 11, and his earlier Involuntary similarly puts the dynamics of social pressure under a magnifying glass with knife-edge precision. ... A man injured at his own ... Read more
Former war photographer Jens Assur brings us a story of a young teacher in China whose life is unravelled by national politics. ... Screens as part of the Swedish Shorts package. ... D/P Jens Assur WS Swedish Film Institute L Chinese w/English subtitles TD digibeta/2012 ... Read more
You can't stop your thoughts. ... It's 2024 and an oil-starved Europe has connected its train systems via a massive underground subway network. Whenever Roger, a call-centre worker from Stockholm, steps into Metropia a stranger's voice begins speaking in his head. He turns to shampoo ad girl Nina ... Read more
"Destined to be remembered as the film that made riveting 22-year-old Alicia Vikander a star in her big-screen debut." - Variety ... When aimless 20-year-old former prostitute and high-school dropout Katerina sees Mozart's Requiem on YouTube she decides this is the world she wants to live in ... Read more
“A hugely entertaining, emotionally touching and musically revelatory experience.” - Indiewire ... One of the greatest 70s folk-rock musicians you've never heard, Rodriguez was briefly hailed as a successor to Dylan, releasing two critically acclaimed but commercially unsuccessful albums - Cold ... 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
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
Saddam Hussein's red Ferrari Testarossa is ghost riding through the desert in Alex Petersén's dreamily experimental The Tracks of My Tears 2. ... Screens as part of the Swedish Shorts package. ... D Axel Petersén P Georgie Mathews WS Swedish Film Institute L Swedish w/English subtitles TD ... Read more
Arguably one of the best Swedish films of the late 40s/early 50s, Lars-Eric Kjellgren's While the City Sleeps is a forgotten gem written by Kjellgren and Ingmar Bergman. ... Layabout Jompa is being pressured at home by his parents, who want him to find a job and live a more productive life ... Read more
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