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Women Directors in Swedish Film - Four Session Series

Friday, October 6, 2017 - 10:30am to 12:30pm

Women Directors in Swedish Film + Discussion Series

This class will run for 4 weeks on consecutive Fridays, 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

October 6, 13, 20 and 27, 2017

This four-session class focuses on Swedish women film directors. Sessions will begin with a film screening (in Swedish with English subtitles) followed by discussion in Swedish, English or a combination of the two, depending on students' preferences/abilities.

Explore Swedish film and culture through engaging conversations!


1. Reflections + Homeland (Speglingar + Hemland), Documentary, 2016, Sara Broos

From Sara Broos' website: "The director takes her mother Karin Broos, a famous Swedish painter, on a seaside trip to Latvia, hoping to close the silent gap between them.  Out of this experience came an intimate and poetic film exploring the innermost rooms of the human mind and the complexities of the mother-daughter relationship. The younger and the aging woman mirroring each other's experiences – the will to live, and lack thereof. In a meditation on life and art, health and illness, secrets and shame, serenity and nightmare. A cinematic catharsis through evocations of daily life, dreams, archival material, diary notes, the mother’s paintings and captivating footage. A glimpse into the unconventional world of an artistic family in the countryside of Nordic Europe, set to a soundtrack that totally draws you into the story."

2. Patrik, Age 1.5 (Patrik 1,5), Comedy/Drama, 2008, Ella Lemhagen

From IMDb: "Göran and Sven have been cleared for adoption. The problem is that no giving countries approve of homosexual parents. But one day theres an opening, and they have a possibility to adopt a Swedish orphan, Patrik 1,5. But when Patrik arrives he turns out to be someone else, not the little boy they were expecting. A comma had been misplaced in the red-tape, and in comes a 15-year-old homophobe with a criminal past."

3. Beyond (Svinalängorna), Drama, 2010, Pernilla August

From IMDb: "A poignant story, told with sincerity and humor, about a young woman´s dramatic childhood and about her grief and the struggle to move on...A morning just before Christmas, Leena, 34, receives a phone call from a hospital in her childhood hometown telling her that her mother is dying. This news takes her on a journey to face her mother for the first time in her adult life. Leena has fought all her life to let go of her grief over her lost and dark childhood. She is now forced to deal with her past to be able to move on."

4. Dalecarlians (Masjävlar), Comedy/Drama, 2004, Maria Blom 

From IMDb: "The story revolves around three sisters who grew up together in a small village in the province of Dalecarlia. The youngest sister, Mia, who left home at an early age for a big city life, returns to join the celebration of her father's 70th birthday. At the community centre, the party starts. Old conflicts are brought to life, the pace accelerates, and pretty soon it's not only the cat who's in trouble." 

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ASI members $50, nonmembers $60


(612) 871-4907

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