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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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Saturday, Nov. 29


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Sunday, Nov. 30


Remember the 75th anniversary of the beginning of the Russo-Finnish war in 1939 during todays reenactment titled Winter War: How it Was. More than 200 people will take part in recreating the opening salvoes of the battle for the north in Kamenka, a small village situated between Vyborg and St. Petersburg, using authentic equipment and vintage vehicles from the era. The faux battle begins at 2 p.m.



Monday, Dec. 1


Serbia filmmaker Emir Kusturica is the featured guest this evening at the Lensovet Palace of Culture the Petrograd Side. Fans of the director will get the chance to watch his movie Black Cat, White Cat, as well as ask questions about his award-winning filmography. Tickets for the event, which starts at 7 p.m., start at 2,000 rubles ($42.50).



Tuesday, Dec. 2


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