Ready for My Close-Up
I worked in the Hollywood film industry (behind the camera, not in front) when I was first out of college. That’s how I knew right away that the truck parked in the alley in Kungsholmen was a movie industry truck. The truck had a lift on the back of it and it was shining bright lights into a second story window of the building-to create a specific time of day or atmosphere or whatever was needed.
Being of the insatiably curious persuasion, I read the sign on the door which said that they were filming a scene from a film called Love Deluxe (Kärlek Deluxe) which would premier in the Fall of 2013.
I went online and found a video interview about the film. Unfortunately it’s in Swedish. Click here for that.
Here’s a quick summary of a news item about it: Moa Gammel, Malin Buska, and Sarah Dawn Finer star in the romantic comedy. Martin Stenmarck is making his debut as an actor in the movie. He told TT spectra “I’m forty years and a rookie, it’s really a dream.”
I have always been into Swedish film and I even like Ingmar Bergman. The Seventh Seal and Smiles of a Summer Night are two of my favorite Bergman films.
When I lived in the States, I basically saw any film that was Swedish. I went to a retrospective of Jan Troell’s work that included 3+ hour restored versions of The Emigrants (“Utvandrarna”) and The New Land (“Nybyggarna”). Both were made in the 1970’s. I also listened to Troell and his wife speak about the film they made together in 2008 called Everlasting Moments (“Maria Larssons eviga ögonblick”).
I went to a super-obscure film screening right in California right before I moved to Sweden. It featured Swedish hearthrob Alexander Skarsgård but was made before anyone had heard of him in the States. Now he’s in many American film and TV productions including True Blood. I have never met another person who has seen that movie…perhaps it was only the group in the theatre that day that has seen it! It was called Trust Me (“Puss”) and was made in 2010. I can recommend that one. It’s a character piece about a bunch of people working in a small Stockholm theatre.
Currently my favorite Swedish actors are Max von Sydow, Liv Ullmann, Mikael Persbrandt, Rolf Lassgård, and Michael Nyqvist.
Here are some Swedish films I enjoyed recently:
Let the Right One In (“Låt den rätte komma in”) Note: the American re-make was actually quite good too)
The Girl with the Dragon Tatoo (“Män som hatar kvinnor”) (the Swedish one, not the American version) (Interestingly, the Swedish title translates to “Men who hate women”)
A Better World (Strictly speaking a Danish film but stars Swedish actor, Mikael Persbrandt) (Another interesting title change…in Danish it was “Revenge”) (Also by the same Danish director, the perfect film, After the Wedding – Really good!)