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Frozen in Film: Works by Swedish Filmmakers - Viskan Miracles

Wednesday, February 8, 2017 - 1:00pm

The 2017 Winter Film Series highlights the work of Swedish filmmakers Kristina Lindström, Fredrik Gertten, John O. Olsson, Dvorit Shargal, Karin af Klintberg and Anders Helgeson and a compilation from the Uppsala International Short Film Festival. This series is presented in partnerships with the ASI’s Kaffestuga Friends, the Somali Museum of Minnesota and the Jewish Community Relations Council: Minnesota & the Dakotas.

  • February 8: Viskan Miracles – 1 p.m. - Director & screenplay: John O. Olsson. Cast: Rolf Lassgård, Lia Boysen, Evelina Alexanderson, Andrea Wikman, Ingvar Hirdwall, Marika Lindström
  • February 12: Twin Cities Jewish Film Festival – 2 p.m. ($5 advance/$10 door)
  • February 22: Nice People – 6:30 p.m.
  • March 8: Short Films Compilation – 1 p.m.
  • March 15: Short Films Compilation – 6:30 p.m.

Viskan Miracles

February 8, 1:00 pm
Bjarne and Malin live on the banks of the Ljungan. Bjarne's father-in-law, Halvar, lives on the other side of the river. They have never seen eye to eye. The now 20-year-long conflict is based on class misconceptions, past grievances and inheritance issues. One day, Malin crosses the river to persuade Halvar to guarantee a loan for Bjarne and the unlucky streak continues. Director & screenplay: John O. Olsson. Cast: Rolf Lassgård, Lia Boysen, Evelina Alexanderson, Andrea Wikman, Ingvar Hirdwall, Marika Lindström

Where Is Elle Kari And What Happened To Noriko-San?

February 12th, 2:00pm (part of Twin Cities Jewish Film Festival $5 advance | $10 door)
A poignant reminder of vanishing childhood, this documentary follows Israeli filmmaker Dvorit Shargal as she searches from Finland to Japan and Holland to Israel for the subjects of the popular 1950’s children’s book series, Children of the World. Created by the Jewish-Swedish photographer Anna Riwkin-Brick, many of the books were written by Astrid Lingren. A film by Dvorit Shargal (in Hebrew, English, Japanese and Swedish, with English subtitles)

The film is shown as part of the Twin Cities Jewish Film Festival with a separate charge to support the festival. $5 in Advance | $10 at the Door.
Tickets available at or by calling (952) 381-3499.

Nice People

February 22, 6:30 pm 
Join the Somali Museum and the American Swedish Institute to celebrate this unique multi-cultural sports team story! Young men who fled the war in Somalia now live in a rural Swedish town where integration is tough. Local entrepreneur Patrik Andersson gets an idea; why not use sports to bring people together? The goal: to create the first ever Somali national bandy team and make it to the World Championship in Siberia. This is a story about racism and fear, but also about bravery and facing new challenges. Directors Karin af Klintberg, Anders Helgeson. Shown with “Swedish” styled popcorn & Somali Tea (shaah). 

Short Films Compilation - from the Uppsala International Short Film Festival

March 8, 1:00 pm and March 15, 6:30 pm
With a rich and exciting variety of styles, these short films show the breadth and quality of contemporary Swedish filmmaking. Highlighting images and voices seldom found in the cinema, the films share an unmistakable Nordic streak of dark humor. Compilation from Uppsala International Short Film Festival.


All film screenings are free. Pre-registration is not required. The Feb. 12 Jewish Film Festival has a fee of $5 in advance/$10 at the door.

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