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Films & Schedules - Sweden

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...

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Wed, Feb 11, 2009
at 6:15 PM (B2)

Thu, Feb 12, 2009
at 6 PM (B1)

Fri, Feb 13, 2009
at 9:15 PM (B2)

King of Ping Pong

DIRECTOR: Jens Jonsson - Sweden

Winner of the Cinematography and Grand Jury Prizes at the Sundance Film Festival, King of Ping Pong is a shrewd, chilly and offbeat observation of one boy's struggle to find happiness despite grim circumstances.  Overweight teen Rille is already dealing with his divorced parents, harassment from bullies, unrequited love, and his little brother's excessive popularity when his long-absent father drops back into his life.  The one place where Rille rules all is ping pong.  "The film is about how the past has an unpleasant tendency of bouncing back at you.  Like some damn ping-pong ball. I wanted to make a...

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Sat, Feb 14, 2009
at 1 PM (B2)

Mon, Feb 16, 2009
at 2:30 PM (B1)

Tue, Feb 17, 2009
at 6:30 PM (B2)

Wolf--The Laws of Wilderness

DIRECTOR: Daniel Alfredson - Sweden

A riveting study of man vs. nature and traditional society vs. modern life, Wold boasts a bravura performance from Coen Brothers veteran Peter Stormare (Fargo, The Big Lebowski), stunning panoramic vistas of the Arctic wilderness, and intense courtroom drama. Stormare plays Klemens Klemensten, a native Sami (or Lapplander) in the far north of Sweden who herds reindeer as his father did before him, assisted by his teenage nephew Nejla.  When a wolf attacks the herd, the two track the predator down, and, in a gripping encounter, Nejla kills the wolf with a single ax blow.  But wolves are endangered species...

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