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Films & Schedules - Everlasting Moments

Sun, Feb 8, 2009
at 4:30 PM (WH)

Tue, Feb 10, 2009
at 7 PM (WH)

Everlasting Moments

DIRECTOR: Jan Troell - Sweden

Maria, a working-class woman in the village of Malmö, wins a Contessa camera in a lottery.  It is 1907. Over the span of a decade, as Maria struggles to keep her home and growing family together in the face of the Great War, a workers' strike, unemployment, and a chronically philandering and abusive husband, the camera records a gallery of "everlasting moments."  Tentative at first, under the tutelage of the kindly village photographer who counsels that "not everyone has the gift of seeing," Maria discovers her talent, and her newfound skill thrusts her on a journey that changes her entire life.  All of it is captured not just via Maria's lens, but through the affectionate viewfinder of Troell himself who, like Maria's mentor, shares "a world to be explored, to preserve, to describe."  This year's Swedish submission for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar.

Selected filmography: The Emigrants (71), The New Land (72), The Flight of the Eagle (82), Land of Dreams (88), Hamsun (96), As White As Snow (01).

Sponsored by Scandinavian Heritage Foundation.

WH     125 Minutes    

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