Sweden to run film festival in major cities next week
The annual Swedish Film Festival will run from Nov. 5 to 28 in Seoul, Busan, Gwangju, Incheon and Daegu.
The Swedish Embassy in Seoul, in collaboration with the Swedish Institute and the Swedish Film Institute, has hosted the festival since 2012 as part of cultural exchanges.
The eighth festival will be part of celebrations for the 60th anniversary of Sweden-Korea ties.
The festival will start in Seoul and then move to other cities.
The screenings will run at Arthouse Momo in Seoul from Nov. 5 to 11, Busan Cinema Center in Busan from Nov. 7 to 13, Cinema Gwangju in Gwangju from Nov. 15 to 19, Cinespace Jun in Incheon from Nov. 15 to 17, and Dongsung Art Hall in Daegu from Nov. 22 to 28.
The eight films center on stories of people who face challenges and sorrows yet do not lose humanity and hope. The eight are “A Moon of My Own” (2018), “Becoming Astrid” (2018), “Amateurs” (2018), “Up in the Sky” (2016), “Beyond Dreams” (2017) “Goliath” (2018), “Monkey” (2017) and “Garden Lane” (2017).
To commemorate the 60 years of friendship between Sweden and Korea, there will also be a special screening of “The Swedes in the Korean War” (2019).
This is a documentary about the Swedish Red Cross field hospital that operated in Busan during and after the 1950-53 Korean War.
“Culture is an important part of modern diplomacy,” Swedish Ambassador to Korea Jacob Hallgren said.
He said films were also important to understand a society, and that the Swedish Film Festival has been “a chance for a Korean audience to meet Swedish films.”
More than 10,000 Korean filmgoers attend the Swedish Film Festival each year, according to Hallgren.
Meanwhile, two leading Swedish film personalities are scheduled to join the festival in Seoul and Busan. They are Hannes Holm, director of “A Moon of My Own,” and Lars Lindstrom, producer of “Becoming Astrid.”
Holm is especially familiar to Korean fans for his 2015 debut film, “A Man Called Ove.”
“It is a dream come true to have this opportunity to come to Korea and show my latest film and at the same time hopefully learn from your country’s ideas and films,” Holm said.
Lindstrom said he is preparing for his first trip to Korea with “great pleasure and an equal amount of excitement.”
Referring to the early life of Swedish author Astrid Lindgren portrayed in his movie, Lindstrom said, “Letting Astrid meet another culture and cultural heritage where she can represent the struggles of motherhood, choice of a profession according to one’s own talent and the drama that film implicitly carries within itself is an honor to me.”
All screenings are free. Visit the festival’s website at bit.ly/31i185P for more information.
A poster for the 8th Swedish Film Festival