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Swedish Film Festival Shines Light On Social Issues, History

Published: March 20, 2014 (Issue # 1802)



  • "Music for one apartment and six drummers" is one of the films on show as part of the festival.
    Photo: tourdefilm.ru

Dmitry Kiselyov, director of the new Russian media conglomerate Rossia Segodnya and accuser of Sweden as an instigator of the initial Ukrainian protests in Kiev, wont be nearly as excited as Scandinavian film buffs about the upcoming Swedish Film Festival beginning Thursday in St. Petersburg. Now in its second year, the festival includes eight feature-length films and two programs of shorts.

Organized in cooperation with the Consulate General of St. Petersburg as well as Tour de Film, an international festivals agency, the northern nations brightest filmmakers and their most recent work will be screened through Mar. 30 at the Rodina Cinema Center.

Shown in Swedish with Russian subtitles, the genres of this years participating films range from the political to the criminal, the dramatic to the familial.

The opening film this year is Avalon, a dark comedy about an affluent familys struggles with its own self-denial that won the International Critics Award at the Toronto International Film Festival for the 34-year-old up-and-coming director, Axel Petersen, who will be in town to open the festival.

Other films featured at this years festival, which hopes to expand across Russian in the future, include Mikael Marcimains Call Girl, a conspiracy thriller focused on a young girl inducted into the world of high-class prostitution in 1970s Sweden; Palme, a documentary about the controversial liberal politician Olof Palmes assassination in Stockholm in 1986; and Ice Dragon, a youthful adventure film which will be presented in St. Petersburg by director Martin Högdahl.

All the films that are scheduled to be shown meet the festivals criteria of a focus on Swedens history as well as a strong desire to address the most important problems afflicting modern society in a country renowned for its efficiency and social balance.

A complete program for the festival can be found on the Tour de Film website as well as on the Rodina Cinema Center website.

Tickets for the movies are 250 rubles ($6.80) for general admission, 200 rubles ($5.45) for students and pensioners, and 100 rubles ($2.75) for children.





 


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Friday, Oct. 31


Put your grammar and logical thinking to the test in a fun and friendly environment during the British Book Centers Board Game Evening starting at 5 p.m. today. The event is free and all are welcome to attend.



Saturday, Nov. 1


The men and women who dedicate their lives to fitness get their chance to compete for the title of best body in Russia at todays Grand Prix Fitness House PRO, the nations premier bodybuilding competition. Not only will men and women be competing for thousands of dollars in prizes and a trip to represent their nation at Mr. Olympia but sporting goods and nutritional supplements will also be available for sale. Learn more about the culture of the Indian subcontinent during Diwali, the annual festival of lights that will be celebrated in St. Petersburg this weekend at the Culture Palace on Tambovskaya Ul. For 100 rubles ($2.40), festival-goers listen to Indian music, try on traditional Indian outfits and sample dishes highlighting the culinary diversity of the billion-plus people in the South Asian superpower.



Sunday, Nov. 2


Check out the latest video and interactive games at the Gaming Festival at the Mayakovsky Library ending today. Meet with the developers of the popular and learn more about their work, or learn how to play one of their creations with the opportunity to ask the creators themselves about the exact rules.



Monday, Nov. 3


Non-athletes can get feed their need for competition without breaking a sweat at the Rock-Paper-Scissors tournament this evening at the Cube Bar at Lomonosova 1. Referees will judge the validity of each matchup award points to winners while the citys elite fight for the chance to be called the best of the best. Those hoping to play must arrange a team beforehand and pay 200 rubles ($4.80) to enter.



Tuesday, Nov. 4


Attend the premiere of Canadian director Xavier Dolans latest film Mommy at the Avrora theater this evening. The fifth picture from the 25-year-old, it is the story of an unruly teenager but the most alluring (or unappealing) aspect is the way the film was shot: in a 1:1 format that is more reminiscent of Instagram videos than cinematic art. Tickets cost 400 rubles ($9.60) and snacks and drinks will be available.



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