The 9th Cambodia International Film Festival and the Swedish Embassy in Cambodia are proposing for the first time in Cambodia a program on SWEDISH CINEMA in collaboration with the Bophana Center.
Although Swedish cinema is still little distributed in Asia, its creativity and quality should not be underestimated. Its popularity and prominence worldwide, relies on multi Awarded master directors such as Ingmar Bergman, Roy Anderson or Victor Sjöström. Today, there are also now a number of emerging filmmakers showing other facets of the Swedish society and culture.
The program TO BE 20 IN SWEDEN focuses on the issues that youth is facing in our modern world. The four films will give an opportunity for the young Cambodian generation to discover what it’s like to grow up in Sweden.
THE REUNION by ANNA ODELL Sweden/2013/88 min
A film between reality and fiction, highlighting questions about group dynamics and established hierarchies. A group of people meet for their high school reunion 20 years later. One of them talks about her being bullied and outcast and soon the former classmates fall back to the roles they used to have back in school. But this is just half of what’s to come.
9 March (Sat) 3PM @Legend Cinema (Exchange Square) – PROGRAM OPENING
14 March (Thr) 2:15PM @Major Cineplex (Sorya Mall)
SHED NO TEARS by MÅNS MÅRLIND Sweden/2013/119 min
Pål’s biggest dream is to get involved with music. Pål’s grandfather Rolle is aware of his grandson’s ambitions although he most of all would see that Pål gained an orderly job. When a woman named Eva turns up one summer night and captures Påls attention, he discovers that she shares his dream. The only problem is that the thing standing between Pål and the dream is his own obsessions that one after another constantly leads him to derail even when everything is at stake.
11 March (Mon) 5:30PM @Legend Cinema (Exchange Square)
UNDERDOG by RONNIE SANDAHL Sweden/2014/97 min
23-year-old “Dino” dreams of a different life. She has fled the mass unemployment of her home country in search of a more worthwhile existence in a newly rich Oslo. But her new life is caught in deadlock. A broken arm incidentally leads to a position as a housekeeper in a Norwegian middle-class home. During a few sultry summer weeks she ends up the centre of an odd love triangle, an unpredictable struggle for affection as well as dominance.
11 March (Mon) 8PM @Legend Cinema (Exchange Square)
13 March (Wed) 7PM @Bophana Audiovisual Resource Center
YOUNG SOPHIE BELL by AMANDA ADOLF Sweden/2015/84 min
After high school graduation, life is finally going to begin for real. At least that’s how best friends Sophie and Alice feel about the upcoming move to Berlin. But their plans are crushed when Alice disappears in Berlin under unclear conditions. Searching for answers, Sophie ends up on a life-changing journey that will bring her a taste of the exuberant parts of life.
10 March (Sun) 5PM @Bophana Audiovisual Resource Center
12 March (Tue) 7PM @Legend Cinema (Exchange Square)