FILMDAGAR 9 -12 oktober

No movie director has started a career more successfully than Mike Nichols (1931–2014). His first two films are unanimously considered as masterpieces: Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966) and The Graduate (1967). Both were, each by themselves, groundbreaking accomplishments, fundamental to 1960s cinema, definite classics – not only for formidable acting by Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton and debutant Dustin Hoffmann, but also for their novel presentation of a, for its time, provocative substance: hidden terms in love. WAVW displays the broken backstage of a bourgeois marriage, TG demonstrates a trap of desire. Nichols’s courageous treatment of such toxic affairs continued in Carnal Know- ledge (1971), a brutally honest and disarming portrayal of the sexually liberated America of the ’60s. The erotic theme was pushed further later on, in Closer (2004), but by then time had fled Nichols. He was a man of the late ’60s and early ’70s, when so many constraints were loosened but not lost; arguably, he is one of that era’s finest artists. The scheduled films are made with a maximum of expressive freedom. In them, we however meet captivated people – individuals imprisoned in systems like marriage, encapsulated in demanding desire and duty. Sometimes they are aware of their cirumstances and do what they can to endure. The situation is most acute in Catch-22 (1970), a “war comedy” scened in World War II. Its audience is thrown from hilarious jests to naturalistic imagery of bloody hell. The question it puts is this: Can you be sane in a crazy world? Indeed, a catch-22.
Magnus Ingvarsson, Editor, Lund

19.30 LOVING CAPTIVITY - theme of the Filmdays
MAGNUS INGVARSSON Editor, Lund introduces.

The introduction is followed by
Mike Nichols, USA 1970, 122 min
Comedy and war? Here we find the combination, realism, fun and cruelty; all expressions neighbours each other to present the absurdity of the business of war.

Mike Nichols, USA 1966, 131 min
You are cordially invited to George and Martha’s for an evening of fun and games.” In the living room of an academic couple a drama takes place. What happens when illusions are forced to become reality? This film won many awards and is based on the famous play by Edward Albee.

17.30 DINNER
Bring a small thing for the table.
Mike Nichols, USA 1967, 106 min
A  young man lost between youth and adulthood is struggling to mature. He is soon caught in a lovetriangle where he will have to make a choice.  The soundtrack with songs of Simon&Garfunkel adds to the fame of this film.



Filmer av Debra Granik och bröderna Coen

Debra Granik
Getting close
Debra Granik has a special ability. Her films breathes closeness and profound interest in what is different and put aside in the American – or more generally Western – society.  Leaving the well-known, she goes out to find people at the edge, in situations where persistence in love is an urgent need. Her main characters, young girls, find strength in the impossible. Granik makes them speak to us and makes us listen, as she does herself. The girls portraited are living i close realtions. They are, as in the Mike Nichols films captured in their relations.
Debra Granik was born in Washington DC in 1963 and has made only a few longer films. In Winter´s bone  2010, she went to the Missouri Ozark mountains, to poor and desolated people and invited them to contribute in telling their story. Leave no trace made in 2018 enters an other outcast reality. Here the scenery of the forestian and wild northeast USA attracted Granik, making a film with the beauty and sensulity of the natural world in contrast to a hard and bleak modern society.
“It’s a very hard thing for mainstream society to accommodate non-conforming individuals, says Granik in an interview and concludes her view: ”I would say live and let live.”

Bröderna Coen
Commonplace, yet extraordinary
Joel and Ethan Coen, commonly known as the Coen brothers, were born in a Jewish family in the 50s and have gained international fame with films such as The Big Lebowski (1998), O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000) and No Country for Old Men (2007). As students Joel graduated with a bachelors degree in film and Ethan in philosophy. The brothers direct and produce their films together although up until 2004 Joel received sole credit for
directing and Ethan for producing. Their
perhaps most famous trademarks are their a
bility to tell a simple story in a complex
manner, mixing several already established genres and, to quote them, ”not giving a shit about peoples sensitivities” in their film making. By doing so they manage exposing the simple truths of everyday life and creating a world of believable and often flawed characters that manage to engage the viewer in a humbling and humane way.

19.30 FARGO
Joel Coen, USA 1996, 92 min
A failed car salesman, Jerry Lundegaard, secretly kidnaps his own wife for the ransom money but is soon stalled by the inquisitive police officer Marge Gunderson.

Debra Granik, USA 2018, 104 min
A man escapes lives with his teenager daughter hiking in nature, avoiding contact with society. But could it continue this way? As the film develops it becomes a story about different life perspectives, finding freedom or just another prison.

Debra Granik, USA 2010, 95 min
In the rural and remote heart of America we follow a girl, seeking justice, and her father. On a countryside where it’s best to keep to yourself and your own it can be dangerous to upset the locals and the status quo. A dark film with an atmosphere that drags you in and feels convincingly real.

Ethan and Joel Coen, USA 2009, 106 min
The Coen brothers turn to their Jewish background. Lot´s of humour but really not only that. Things does not go alright with Larry Gopnik who wants to be a serious and good man.