Friday Films: LIRIC Scandinavian Film Festival
This fall Cheryl Passavanti, brings her expertise to LIRIC’s Friday afternoon film series with her fascinating Nordic film selections. Tending to be psychologically rather than plot driven, the films focus on reactions to social conflicts and everyday drama. Stressing the importance of community and nature, their themes often include isolation, mortality, love, politics and religion. Join fellow LIRIC members at Romita Auditorium in Iona’s Ryan Library on seven Fridays at 2:30 p.m. (no session on October 12) and enjoy a smorgasbord of films from Finland, Norway, Sweden and Denmark.
Mother of Mine
Directed by Klaus Haro
During WWII, more than 70,000 Finnish children were evacuated to neutral Sweden to avoid the conflict. Separating children from their parents, even for the best of reasons, can have lasting psychological ramifications. Finnish submission for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film.
October 12 - No Class
Directed by Gabriel Axel
Based on a short story by Karen Blixen (Isak Dinesen), the film is set in a remote Danish village during the late 19th century. Two pious spinster sisters, members of an abstemious religious sect, give political refuge to Babette, who, unbeknownst to them, is a famous Parisian chef. Working gratis as their housekeeper and cook, she respects the simplicity of the sisters’ austere lifestyle and tastes. When Babette wins a sizable lottery, what will she do with her winnings? First Danish film to win the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film.
Written and directed by Sami Amanda Kernell
The Sami people, a Finno-Ugric people pejoratively called “Laplanders,” live in the far northern parts of Norway, Sweden and Finland and the Murmansk Oblast of Russia. The Sami, raisers of reindeer, were oppressed and disdained by other Scandinavians and treated as “racial inferiors.” This coming-of-age story set in the 1930s highlights the widespread nature of bigotry.
Written & directed by Ingmar Bergman
A renown pianist (Ingrid Bergman in her final film role) travels to Sweden to reunite with her estranged daughter (Liv Ullman) and has an unexpected encounter with her other daughter as well. Choosing career over motherhood, can this mother and her daughters find a way to communicate and find peace?
This psychological journey is an acting tour de force and won the Golden Globe Award for Best Foreign Language Film.
Directed by Thomas Vinterberg
Mads Mikkelsen won the Best Actor Award at the Cannes Film Festival for his performance as Lucas, a compassionate nursery school teacher who is accused of exposing himself to a child. The false allegation impacts his relationship to his family, friends and the entire community.
A Man Called Ove
Directed by Hannes Holm
Ove, a grumpy widower, is every block association’s most loathsome neighbor. Caring more about enforcing rules than promoting amity, Ove’s life changes when an Iranian family invades his orderly territory. Soon to be remade with Tom Hanks in the role of Ove, this film won the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film.
After the Wedding
Directed by Susanne Bier
Jacob Petersen (Mads Mikkelsen) dedicates his life to helping street children in India. When the orphanage he runs may be closed, he receives an interesting offer. A businessman will give the orphanage $4 million – with conditions that will dramatically affect Jacob’s personal life. Is the offer worth the price?
You won’t want to miss any of these fascinating films!
After the conclusion of LIRIC’s Friday lecture, we hope you’ll join us across the street in the smaller, more intimate Romita Auditorium (in the Ryan Library) to see them.