Program hösten 2016

Tre filmer på temat Dröm och verklighet

           

Torsdag 22 september
19.15     American Beauty, av Sam Mendes, USA 1999, 117 min
A famous film on a man who fears growing older, losing the hope of true love and not being respected by those who know him best. Lester Burnham, the hero of "American Beauty," is played by Kevin Spacey as a man who is unloved by his daughter, ignored by his wife and unnecessary at work. "I'll be dead in a year," he tells us in almost the first words of the movie. "In a way, I'm dead already." The movie is the story of his rebellion.

Fredag 23 september
16.15    Revolutionary Road, av Sam Mendes, USA 2008, 113 min
”Let´s move to Paris and start a new life”, April one day says to her husband, played by Leonardo DiCapro. And they start realizing their project, which opens unexpected feelings, possibilities and reactions. As in his previous film, Sam Mendes does not tell us what to think or how to react to the story, leaving the interpretations to the spectators.

18.45   Middag - ta med något att dela.

 19.45     Mandomsprovet (The Graduate) av Mike Nichols, USA 1967, 106 min
Benjamin is young gradute who does not kow what to do in life, just hat he does not want to live like his middle-class professional parents. He is invited in a relationship with the much older Mrs Robinson and from there it will come many complications. The Graduate is a classic with eternal, undated appeal. It´s easy to feel with Benjamin, his woories and lack of self-confidence. The film includes the famous soundtrack by Simon&Garfunkle, with songs like Sounds of Silence and Mrs Robinson that elegantly mingles with the story.

 

Dream and reality

Dreaming can indeed be very pleasant. To dream about a nice holiday at the beach or living in a house beautifully situated by the sea, and to decorate these images with nice details seems to invite me to a good life. Our society invites us incessantly to this kind of dreaming and there are an endless amount of possibilities to dream of a better and more comfortable life.  If I only took the chance... The three films of the Film Days at Sandgatan this Autumn talks a talk of people who are about to make real some of their more radical dreams. They also do jump and start off for a new life.
Realizing dreams are necessary parts a part of the self-accomplishment and the identity-building that has become important in postmodernity. In surch to become a distinct person who successfully  manage life. it seems natural to realize  what I dream of. The Danish philosopher Sören Kierkegaard once said that the worst thing that can happen to a person is that he gets the chance to realies his dreams. Do our films confirm this statement? At least you may find that personal imperfection and unsatisfaction can be efficient motors behind dreaming. At the core of dreaming stands also darker sides of the human person.
The films we show talks about what can happen when a dreaming of a radical change meets with the realities of life. At a certain moment there is a turn to the present time of the dreamer. Will he at this point accept that the dream was only a dream.  Or will the dream come through? What happens in the moment of truth?

Björn Engdahl, Dominican
Filmklubben Sandgatan 8 , September 2016