FILM SEPTEMBER - DECEMBER 2023

Filmvecka 18-23 september 2023

East is West, West is East - films by Akira Kurosawa

MÅNDAG 18 SEPTEMBER KL 19.30
RASHOMON Japan 1950, 88 min, starring Toshiro Mifune, Machiko Kyo, Masayuki Mori
One of the films that introduced Japanese cinema to the Western audience. Its aesthetics and subjective storytelling is influential still today. We get to know each and every side of a murder and rape drama of the samurai age. But what really happened? And does it matter?

 

FREDAG 22 SEPTEMBER KL 19.30
THE SEVEN SAMURAI  Japan 1954, 3h 27min, starring Toshiro Mifune, Takashi Shimura, Sheiko Tsushima
Peasant is peasant and samurai is samurai. The two classes inhabit different worlds and view each other with suspicion. As bandits ravage the countryside however both peasants and samurai need each other. This is a film about unorthodox encounters that result in transformed identities as well as bodies dismembered by the swift stroke of the sword.

 

LÖRDAG 23 SEPTEMBER KL 19.30
YOJIMBO  Japan 1961, 1h 50min, starring Toshiro Mifune, Tatsuya Nakadai and Yoko Tsukasa
A samurai arrives in a small town and sets in motion a conflict between two factions led by a silk trader and a sake merchant, with the aim of destroying them both and liberating the town in this film reminiscent of a classic western but set in feudal Japan. In 1964 it was informally recreated as the spaghetti western “A fistful of dollars” by Sergio Leone.

 

Film Autumn 2023

FREDAG 13 OKTOBER kl 19.30
Underground by Emir Kusturica, Yugoslavia 1995, 2h 50m, starring Miki Manojlović, Lazar Ristovski and Mirjana Joković

Marko and Blacky are close friends who organized a weapons manufacturing base in Belgrade in order to supply the resistancemovement during World War II. Another thing that connects them (or rather separates them) is their infatuation with theatre actress Natalija.The film documents the formation and subsequent disintegration of socialist Yugoslavia through the lives and adventures of this trio from WWII to the Yugoslav wars of the 1990s.

 

FREDAG 3 NOVEMBER kl 19.30
Nomadland by Chloé Zhao, USA 2020, 1h 47m, starring Francis McDormand, David Strathairn, Linda May
Chinese director Chloé Zhao, living since long in USA, dives into the American heartland with fresh eyes. Fren looses everything and departs to be a nomad, living in a van, travelling taking seasonal jobs. Most actors, nomads themselves and marginalized by the economical crises, figures with their real names.

 

FREDAG 24 NOVEMBER kl 19.30
Godland by Hlynur Pálmason, Iceland, 2022, 2h 23m, starring Eliot Crosset Hove, Ingvar Sigurdsson, Vic Carmen Sonne
With the authority of the Danish church vested in him and armed with that most modern invention; the camera, a young priest sets out to build a new parish in a remote part of Iceland. A Danish 19th century version of Heart of Darkness, the priest becomes enmeshed in both a landscape and a people equally beautiful as unforgiving.

 

FREDAG 15 DECEMBER kl 19.30
Solaris by Andrei Tarkovsky, USSR, 1972, 2h 47m, starring Donatas Banionis, Natalya Bondarchuk et al.
To its form scifi, or perhaps anti-scifi; as for substance, about longing and the construction of memories. Meditative and intriguing, it has inspired several advanced American attempts, and also a remake. Still no movie in the genre has surpassed the complexity offered here. What is happening? And to whom? What is Solaris?