Indie Memphis will offer four acclaimed Swedish films next month as part of Memphis in May’s Salute to Sweden.
The series, named "Sweden @ 24 FPS" in reference to the 24 frames-per-second speed at which 35mm film is projected, will be held during four consecutive Wednesdays in May at Malco’s Theatre's Studio on the Square. All films in the series will be presented from 35mm film prints.
Ingmar Bergman's 1957 classic, The Seventh Seal, will open the series, on Wednesday, May 8, followed by Wild Strawberries on Wednesday, May 15. Sweden's 2011 Academy Award nominee, Beyond, starring Naomi Rapace who played the title role in the Swedish-language The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, screens on Wednesday, May 22. The 2010 absurdist comedy Sound of Noise closes the series on Wednesday, May 29.
Each film will be shown twice, at 7 pm and 9:15 pm. Tickets are $8 each and are available in advance at indiememphis.com/sweden. Indie Memphis members will have free admission with their Indie Memphis membership card, as seating permits.
All four films will be presented in Swedish with English subtitles.
During the last seven years, Indie Memphis has partnered with Memphis in May to bring World Cinema to Memphis as part of its international celebration. Last year, the series featured films from Belgium, at the Studio on the Square, the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, and the Evergreen Theatre.
About the “Sweden @ 24 FPS” films:
The Seventh Seal (1957, directed by Ingmar Bergman) – Disillusioned and exhausted after a decade of battling in the Crusades, a knight (Max von Sydow) encounters Death on a desolate beach and challenges him to a fateful game of chess. Much studied, imitated, even parodied, but never outdone, Bergman's stunning allegory of man's search for meaning, The Seventh Seal, was one of the benchmark foreign imports of America's 1950s art-house heyday, pushing cinema's boundaries and ushering in a new era of moviegoing.
Wild Strawberries (1957, directed by Ingmar Bergman) – The film that catapulted Bergman to the forefront of world cinema is the director's richest, most humane movie. Traveling to receive an honorary degree, Professor Isak Borg is forced to face his past, come to terms with his faults, and accept the inevitability of his approaching death. Through flashbacks and fantasies, dreams and nightmares, Wild Strawberries captures a startling voyage of self-discovery and renewed belief in mankind.
Beyond (2010, directed by Pernilla August) – Loosely based on Susanna Alakoski's award-winning novel of the same name, Beyond is set in the southern Swedish town of Ystad in the 1970s. Starring Noomi Rapace of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and Prometheus, the film is a gripping story of a woman's confrontation with memories from her troubled childhood.
Sound of Noise (2010, directed by Ola Simonsson and Johannes Stjarne Nilsson) – In this award-winning comedy, a tone-deaf, music-hating detective is faced with the worst case of his career when six activist drummers decide to attack the city with their music, performed on anything but ordinary instruments. Sound of Noise is a musical comedy about love, lunacy and loud drumming.
About Indie Memphis:
One of the city’s core arts institutions, Indie Memphis is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that connects indie filmmakers and film-lovers through the unique creative landscape that is the home of the Blues and the birthplace of Rock ‘n’ Roll. Through diverse year-round programming, a world-class annual festival, and on-going efforts to include new voices, new media, and new audiences, Indie Memphis enriches, inspires, and connects the Memphis community while cultivating interest in, and development of, independent film. In addition to its annual film festival, Indie Memphis presents year-round screenings and special events. For additional information, or for details about membership, visit www.indiememphis.com.
About Memphis In May:
Memphis in May International Festival, Inc. is a 501-C (3) not-for-profit, community-based organization that contributes to the economic growth of the community, fosters civic pride, promotes awareness of Memphis heritage and builds international understanding through education. In addition to the extensive education and international programs, Memphis in May also produces the city’s largest and most dynamic consumer events including The Beale Street Music Festival, the World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest and the Sunset Symphony. More information can be found on the Festival’s website at www.memphisinmay.org.