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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, Aug. 22


Get ready to pledge allegiance to the flag during National Flag Day, paying tribute to when, 23 years ago today, the iconic hammer-and-sickle was replaced with the tricolor that now flutters in the wind. Petersburgers will be treated to a free concert on Palace Square, a military parade and a culminating air show featuring Russias Russian Knights stunt pilots.



Saturday, Aug. 23


Uppsala Park plays host to Fairy Noon today, a performance of five separate fairy tales ranging from folk classics to more haunting selections. There will be three different renditions of the tales throughout the day and tickets start at 500 rubles ($13.80) for adults and 300 rubles ($8.30) for children.


Classic Finnish cartoon characters the Moomins expect to receive a warm welcome from Russian fans during todays Moomin Festival at the Pearl Plaza Shopping Center at 51 Petergofskoye Shosse. Become a kid again or introduce a new generation to the beloved creation of Finnish writer Tove Jansson.



Sunday, Aug. 24


The tortured genius of Dutch master Vincent van Gogh gets his day in the centers Konnushnaya Ploschad during Make Art Like Van Gogh, a daylong celebration of the artist that will allow amateur artists to try and replicate the work that made the famed painter world-renowned.


Experience a variety of dances highlighting the diversity of the world around as at the final day of the Ethno-Dance International Dance Festival that has been at the St. Petersburg Humanitarian University of Trade Unions this past week. Tonights performance will feature Egyptian dancers accompanied by local orchestras.



Monday, Aug. 25


Today kicks off the Elena Obraztsovoy International Competition for Young Vocalists in the large hall of the Shostakovich Philharmonic. Talented youngsters will showcase their range over the next six days before a winner is chosen on Aug. 30.



Tuesday, Aug. 26


Love movies but hate all those words? Then check out Rodina Cinema Centers Factor of Consensus film forum this evening. Silent movie classics from the beginning of the 20th century will be screened and accompanied by a pianist, who will provide the soundtrack for the ongoing action. The screenings begin at 7 p.m. Check Rodinas website for more details.



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