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World Cinema Series: Swedish Love Story / En kärlekshistoria

What En kärlekshistoria, is a beautiful, often neglected debut of Swedish director Roy Andersson. We believe this is the first time it’s been screened in Singapore
When 11 August 2009 (Tuesday), 7:30 pm
Where National Museum of Singapore, Gallery Theatre
93 Stamford Road Singapore 178897

Free admission but members only -- flash your membership card to go in. You may bring up to 2 guests if you hold a SFS Reel membership card. Non-members may sign up online or at the door -- we will issue membership on the spot. No tickets will be sold. Free seating.


En kärlekshistoria/ Swedish Love Story

Dir: Roy Andersson

1970 | Sweden | 115min | 35mm | Rating to be advised

In Swedish with English subtitles

There are several Roy Anderssons. The internationally renowned auteur of Songs From The Second Floor and You, The Living - blackly hilarious and visually ingenious panoramas of madness and despair. Then, there’s Sweden’s leading director of television commercials, honing his satirical, deadpan style in hundreds of ads for IKEA and others (look for them on Youtube). There’s also the young Andersson, who, in 1970, directed En kärlekshistoria, a phenomenal success in its native Sweden.

Fueled by the youthful energy and freshness of the French New Wave, En kärlekshistoria is ostensibly a simple story about an adolescent boy and girl discovering the risk and excitement of first love, but Andersson locates this firmly within the social context of contemporary Sweden. The ‘love story’, a soaring vision of purity, is set against a darker satire of the Swedish bourgeousie - their petty squabbles and materialistic concerns - pointing in the direction that Andersson would later travel.

It took five years for Andersson to make a second feature, Giliap, and it was castigated by Swedish critics and ignored by audiences. He then turned his back on films and embraced advertising, albeit in his own, uncompromising way. En kärlekshistoria, is a beautiful, often neglected debut, and we believe this is the first time it’s been screened in Singapore.