Thursday, October 09, 2014

Chicago International Film Festival> Spotlight Scandinavia, Friday Premieres, and more

 
 
 
Spotlight Scandinavia As part of an ongoing program that has brought Chicago audiences the films of cinematically significant regions of the world into focus, the Festival presents a showcase of Scandinavian cinema. Far from its frigid reputation, the selection of highly acclaimed films from Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Finland and Iceland sizzles with tales of passion, murder, family breakdowns and one exuberant childhood adventure.
Breaking the Waves
Denmark, Sweden, France
Director: Lars von Trier
Film Partner: Jeanne Randall Malkin Family Foundation
 
Fanny and Alexander
Fanny och Alexander
Sweden, France, West Germany
Director: Ingmar Bergman
Film Partner: Jeanne Randall Malkin Family Foundation

Here's Your Life
Har har du ditt liv
Sweden
Director: Jan Troell
Film Partner: Jeanne Randall Malkin Family Foundation
 
Shorts 4: Spotlight Scandinavia - Songs from Northern Lands
Multiple countries and directors
 
Additional Spotlight Scandinavia films:
101 Reykjavík
Iceland
Director: Baltasar Kormakur
Film Partner: Jeanne Randall Malkin Family Foundation
 
The Deep
Djupio
Iceland
Director: Baltasar Kormakur
Film Partner: Jeanne Randall Malkin Family Foundation
 
Doctor Proctor's Fart Powder
Doktor Proktors prompepulver
Norway
Director: Arild Frolich
Film Partner: American Airlines

In Order of Disappearance
Kraftidioten
Norway
Director: Hans Petter Moland
Film Partner: American Airlines
 
Something Must Break
Nanting maste ga sonder
Sweden
Director: Ester Martin Bergsmark
Film Partner: American Airlines
 
Underdog
Svenskjavel
Sweden, Norway
Director: Ronnie Sandahl
Film Partner: Columbia College Chicago
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Meet the Filmmaker: Ronnie Sandahl, Swedish director of Underdog
  What inspired you to start your career as a filmmaker?
I used to write-journalism, novels, plays. Then, I wanted to go further with my storytelling and tried directing, which very quickly felt natural to me, almost like a part of my life that had been missing.
What emotions do you feel your film evokes in the audience?
...That even though our society often is ugly and brutal, there are humans that can be fantastic.
What memorable events happened during the production of Underdog?
Since we had a very limited budget - while shooting in Oslo, one of the most expensive cities in the world - we quite often had to shoot “guerilla style”. And since Oslo as a city is changing a lot right now, especially the dirty parts of Oslo, were constantly changing. There were two different shooting days when our location actually had disappeared from one day to another. The buildings had been torn down over night, so we had to improvise. And one of those torn down locations actually became the first shot of the film.
What did you learn from working on Underdog?
To trust my gut instinct. Always.
What film and/or director inspired you?
Derek Cianfrance is a director that I am truly fascinated with: His search for truth, his eye for details, his dialogue... I saw his film Blue Valentine seven times in the cinema.
What are you looking forward to most this year at the festival?
To meet an American audience and see if the film works even though the story is so Swedish in many ways.
Festival Tip
For the love of all things Scorsese, stick around for the Q and As. Not only have the filmmakers flown halfway around the world to talk to you, but they will make you understand and appreciate their films infinitely more! - Erin Payton, Development Manager
Friday's Premiere Picks
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WORLD
PREMIERE
This Afternoon
USA
Director: Stephen Cone
Film Partners: Cinespace Chicago, Periscope Post and Audio, SAG/AFTRA
 
NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE
El Cordero
Chile
Director: Juan Francisco Olea
Film Partner: Columbia College Chicago
 
NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE
No Thank You
Ei kiitos
Finland
Director: Samuli Valkama
Film Partners: American Airlines, American Scandinavian Foundation, Finlandia Foundation, Swedish Council of American. Film Support: Richard Ehrie and Isabella Wu
 
NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE
Words With Gods
Multiple countries and directors
Film Partners: American Airlines, Penelope R. and Robert M. Steiner

NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE
Zurich
Und morgen mittag bin ich tot
Germany
Director: Frederik Steiner
Film Partner: American Airlines
 
UNITED STATES
PREMIERE
Paris of the North
París Noroursins
Iceland, Denmark, France
Director: Hafsteinn Gunnar Sigurosson
Film Partners: Columbia College Chicago, American Scandinavian Foundation, Finlandia Foundation, Swedish Council of American
 
UNITED STATES PREMIERE
The Word
Obietnica
Poland, Denmark
Director: Anna Kazejak-Dawid
Film Partners: John and Jacolyn Bucksbaum Family Foundation, Penelope R. and Robert M. Steiner
 
UNITED STATES PREMIERE
Echo of the Mountain
Eco de la Montana
Mexico
Director: Nicolas Echevarría
Film Partner: Columbia College Chicago, American Airlines
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John and Jacolyn Bucksbaum Family Foundation, Paul and Ellen Gignilliat

Roger J. Ebert Trust, Lawrence and Nancy Glick, Cynthia Stone Raskin, Baker Tilly, Karen and David DeAngelis, Guatam and Ritu Dhingra, Richard Ehrie, Holly Hayes and Carl Stern, Elaine and Donald Levinson, Patrick Lynch,
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