Yesterday was probably my favorite day at the festival. I rushed through 3 films. Hysteria, Circumstance and Like Crazy. All about love in one way or the other. Hysteria has been the most mainstream of films that I’ve seen this festival. It was funny and had a nice tone to it. Not exactly what I was expecting from a film about the invention of the vibrator.
Circumstance (Förbjuden kärlek) is a fantastic little film about a forbidden love in an Iranian family. Right before the film started we were told that the director and some of the actors were present so they squeezed in a good Q&A after the film. As it turns out, both the actors were Swedish.
Circumstance brings up the topic of homosexuality in an arab world and for the writer/director Maryam Keshavarz this was something that was very close to her heart and wanted to make a film about it. When asked what next, Maryam said jokingly she was going to try out for American Idol.
It’s the last day of the festival but that’s not stopping them from announcing the festival winners. I only had one film to see today, then I was done. It’s been an amazing week with a whole lot of great films. Some surprises, some disappointments and some unforgettable film moments.
I will wrap everything up during the week. I just need a day or two to soak it in and digest. But until then, here are the festival winners. Congratulations to Norway for getting Best Picture!
Tomorrow one of Stockholm’s most beloved movie theaters, Park, turn 70 years old and I’ll attend to make sure it blows out all those candles. To celebrate it they are going to show 2 previews (surprise films) and accompany that with some food and beverage. More about that tomorrow.
Happy birthday Park, you don’t look a day over 68.