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Chicago European Union Film Festival 2017
Chicago premiere!

A Serious Game

Den allvarsamma leken

2016, Pernilla August, Sweden, 115 min. With Karin Franz Körlof, Sverrir Gudnason, Michael Nyqvist.

Show Times

  • Fri, Mar 10th 2:00pm
  • Mon, Mar 13th 6:00pm

Hjamar Sjöderberg (whose work includes the novel "Doktor Glas" and the play "Gertrud") is a giant of Swedish literature, and his 1912 novel "Serious Game" is considered one of the country's great love stories. The plot centers on the destructive passion between Arvid, a journalist, and Lydia, an artist's daughter, who are kept apart by poverty and marry richer spouses, only to rekindle their affair with disastrous consequences. Whereas the novel is dominated by Arvid, this adaptation (scripted by Lone Scherfig — see THEIR FINEST, playing March 26) splits the perspective more between him and Lydia, with references to the emerging feminist movement of the time. Actress-turned-director August (whose first film, BEYOND, was shown in the 2012 CEUFF) fashions a visually exquisite recreation of turn-of-the century Sweden, underlain by a subtle tension between the classical 1.33 frame ratio and the constantly handheld camera. In Swedish with English subtitles. Courtesy of the Swedish Film Institute. DCP digital. (MR)


Please note: This trailer does not have English subtitles. Our screenings of the film will be subtitled in English.

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