Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Bangkok Cinema Scene special: Swedish Film Festival, June 5-9, 2013

For the second year in a row, the Swedish Embassy joins with SF cinemas for the Swedish Film Festival, bringing seven recent Swedish movies to SFX the Emporium from tomorrow until Sunday, June 5 to 9.

It's a mix of romance, comedy, drama and documentary, even a couple of queer-themed movies, and most are critically acclaimed award-winners or nominees.

Here's the line-up:

  • The Crown Jewels (Kronjuvelerna) – A member of Sweden's well-known acting clan, Bill Skarsgård, son of Stellan and younger brother of True Blood's Alexander, is the young son of a factory owner who is the target of an attempted murder. A young woman (Alicia Vikander) is arrested as a suspect. Directed by Ella Lemhagen, this multi-layered family drama was named Best Film in the Generation 14plus category at last year's Berlin International Film Festival. Screens at 7.30pm on Wednesday, June 5 and 7pm on Friday, June 7.
  • Four More Years (Fyra år till) – David Holst (Björn Kjellman) believes he's on the verge of becoming the country's next prime minister, and when he loses, he falls into a deep depression. He then meets Martin (Eric Ericson), a politically active young man and feels a connection to him. A kiss awakens feelings that David was unaware of. Various comical situations ensue as the lovers face obstacles in politics and society. Tova Magnusson-Norling directs this 2010 gay romantic-comedy. Screens at 5.30pm on Thursday, June 6.
  • Palme – Kristina Lindström and Maud Nycander direct this 2012 documentary on the life and times of Olof Palme, the Swedish prime minister who was assassinated in 1986. The case remains unsolved. It was a nominee for three of Sweden's Guldbagge Awards this year, and won for editing and music. Screens at 7.30pm on Thursday, June 6 and at 7.30pm on Sunday, June 9.
  • Stockholm East (Stockholm Östra) – Mikael Persbrandt and Iben Hjejle star in this drama set in the Stockholm East railway station, about two strangers united by an accident. Their relationship is passionate, but they each have lies that hide an inconvenient truth. Hjejle was named best actress at the Bratislava International Film Festival in 2011, and the film scored four Guldbagge Awards nominations last year, including best actor for Persbrandt. Screens at 5.30pm on Friday, June 7.
  • I Miss You (Jag saknar dig) – This 2011 drama is based on the 1992 novel I Miss You, I Miss You! by Peter Pohl and Kinna Gieth about teenage identical twin sisters who are separated by a tragic event. It won two awards, Best Youth Film at the Buster International Children's Film Festival, and the Audience Award at the Göteborg Film Festival. Screens at 3pm on Saturday, June 8.
  • Happy End – Björn Runge directs this 2011 drama that centers on a sensitive artist (yet another Skarsgård, Gustaf, a middle brother of Alexander and the younger Bill), who has moved back home with his mother and is suffering from being abandoned by his girlfriend. He falls for his mother's cleaning lady, who has issues of her own. Ann Petrén, Malin Buska, Johan Widerberg and Peter Andersson also star. Happy End won best cinematography at the San Sebastián International Film Festival and the Guldbagge Award for best actress for Petrén as the mother. Widerberg and Andersson were supporting-actor nominees. Screens at 7.45pm on Saturday, June 9.
  • Cockpit – Having lost his job as an airline pilot and dumped by his wife, a desperate man (Jonas Karlsson) decides to pose as a woman in hopes of getting back in the pilot's seat.

All movies will be in cinematic digital format and have English subtitles. Tickets are free – first come, first served, so give yourself plenty of time to queue up beforehand. Click this link to see the schedule.

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