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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.
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.
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 Click here to stay up-to-date with all of the latest Festival updates.
Jeanne Randall Malkin Family Foundation, Penelope R. and Robert M. Steiner, 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, Joseph and Mary Plauche, Byron and Judy
Pollock, Christine Pope, Alan Salpeter, Bob and Janice Scarpelli, Larry
Shulman, Catherine Siegel, Jamie and Sarah Star, Lynn Steffen, Baker
Tilly, Mamie Walton
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cultures through the art of film and the moving image.
We serve Chicago's diverse and under-served citizenry
by providing access to world-class cinema. We aim to enrich Chicago's
cultural environment by presenting film in contexts that encourage
discussion and debate.