Swe­den to run film fes­ti­val in ma­jor cities next week

The Korea Times - - EMBASSY ROW - By Yi Whan-woo yis­[email protected]­re­atimes.co.kr

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

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