By Ryan Keating-Lambert
The Scandi Film Festival brings the best of classic and contemporary Scandinavian cinema to Prague, and this year proudly boasts screenings of Ingmar Bergman classics to celebrate the Swedish auteur’s would be 100th birthday.
From the 1st – 4th of February, the festival, organised by Film Europe, will present some iconic titles from their year-long ‘Bergman 100’ project, including an exclusive 35mm screening of Persona in Prague’s Kino Svetozor on opening night. Starring on-screen goddesses, not to mention Bergman muses, Liv Ullman and Bibi Andersson, Persona is an alluring and enigmatic masterpiece, and this English friendly screening of the film simply cannot be missed.
On top of the Bergman retrospective, the festival will also put a focus on the award-winning work of Danish directors Michael Noer and Tobias Lindholm, including screenings of the critically-acclaimed romance drama Key House Mirror and more.
There will also be English friendly screenings of the new Danish film Word of God – the award-winning screen adaptation of the Jens Blendstrup autobiography directed by Henrik Ruben-Genz ,which sees a family psychologist self-appoint himself as ‘god’ in 1980s Denmark. Ruben Östlund’s Oscar nominated and Cannes Palme d’Or winner The Square will also screen in the ‘Best of’ section, as well as an exclusive premiere of the new Danish drama A Horrible Woman.
The festival will take place in Prague’s Kino Světozor, Kino Atlas and Kino Evald, as well as surrounding regions. For full programme and ticket details, visit the official website.
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