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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.





 


ALL ABOUT TOWN

Thursday, Aug. 28


Learn more about the citys upcoming municipal elections during the presentation of the project Road Map for the Municipal Elections being presented this evening in the conference hall on the third floor of Biblioteka at 21 Nevsky Prospekt. Steve Kaddins, a coordinator for Beautiful St. Petersburg, which gives residents an online forum to lodge complaints about infrastructure problems in the city, will be on hand to answer any questions. The meeting starts at 7 p.m. and is open to all.



Friday, Aug. 29


Park Pobedy will feature the sights and sounds of the world outside of Russia during the Open Art International Festival today. Taste foreign cuisine, learn how to make tea like the Chinese or relax in a hammock during the free event. Although entrance is free, you must register beforehand if you wish to attend.



Saturday, Aug. 30


Break out the tweed and channel your inner Englishman during the English Hunt Picnic this afternoon organized by the Bagmut stables from Krasny Bor in the Leningrad Oblast. Equestrian stunts, English archery and classic hunting fashion will all be available to visitors hoping to live like the characters in Downton Abbey if only for a day. Tickets for the event cost 7,900 rubles ($219.40).


Bookworms will have their chance to swap out well-read classics for something new for their bookshelves at Knigovorot, a free book exchange that will be held in the Yusupov Garden on Sadovaya Ulitsa today. Come for the chance to get a new book or take the opportunity to discuss the literary merits of your favorite authors with fellow fans.



Sunday, Aug. 31


The Neva Delta International Blues Festival wraps up this afternoon on Vasilevsky Island with a concert featuring not only some of Russias best blues bands but international stars as well. Admission is free for all three days of the festival, which begins on Aug. 29, and the shows starting at 5 p.m. each day.



Monday, Sept. 1


Today marks the beginning of Lermontov-Fest, a fall festival celebrating the life of one of Russias most remarkable poets who, in a fate eerily similar to Pushkins, was killed in a duel at the age of 26. Organized by the Lermontov Library System, the next several months will see art exhibitions, concerts and public lectures focusing on the Lermontovs short yet prolific career. Check the Lermontov Library Systems website for more details.



Tuesday, Sept. 2


Join expats and practice your Russian during the Russian Clubs weekly meetings every Tuesday night at 7:30 p.m. The club is free to participate in although you need to be a registered member of Couchsurfing.



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