Xi'an Film Programmes

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      2016.11.19 - 2016.11.20
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      Wang Kaimei
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The 2nd “Beyond Frozen Point” Film Screening

This winter, the “Beyond Frozen Point” film screening brings to OCAT Xi’an a new selection of stories from the arctic region. Within the span of 10 films shown over one weekend, this year’s theme focuses on the concept of “change” both through the urgent topic of global climate change and the challenges facing people who live in this distant region.
 
The programme has a special presentation for the revered minimalist Swedish director Roy Anderson. Following the enthusiastic reception of A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence last year, which won Anderson the Venice Film Festival’s Golden Lion in 2015, this year we are delighted to show his first movie A Sweden Love Story.
 
 
1. The Sound of Change
Human history represents a tiny, brief portion of the world’s natural evolution. If we could rethink the pros and cons of our own historical development, would it give us wisdom to better address the future? Within these three short films from the Arctic region, we see how change within nature affects communities and individuals who live there.
 
1). The One Who Remembers More
Finland/9 min/Documentary/2014
Director: Lauri Autere, Minna Valjanen
Sompio in Lappland, known for its vast wilderness and storytellers, is today no more. Urpo belongs to the last generation to grow up in Sompio; a generation that in its youth witnessed the irreversible change that unfolded there. As Sompio fades into history, what remains to be cherished?
 
2). Northern Great Mountain
Sweden/15 min/Documentary/2015
Director: Amanda Kernell
Though her first language was Sámi and she grew up in the mountains of Lappland, 78-year-old Elle does not like Sámi people. She claims to be completely Swedish, from the south. Under pressure from her son, she reluctantly returns to her birthplace for her sister’s funeral. As they are about to leave, she discovers her son has planned for them to stay overnight with relatives. Refusing to do so, Elle checks in at the local Grand hotel with all the tourists…
 
3). SUMÉ
Greenland/52 min/Documentary/2014
Director: Inuk Silis Høegh
In the 1970s, the Greenlandic rock band Sumé released three albums that changed Greenland’s history. Inspiring the up-rising up against the Danish colonial powers and establishing Greenland’s Home Rule Government, they helped boost Greenlanders’ self-esteem and influenced an era.
 
 
2. Special Screening 1
 
Ruben Östlund started as a director of skiing films in the 1990s, and eventually went on to study at the film school in Gothenburg. His 2004 film The Guitar Mongoloid won the FIPRESCI Award at the 27th Moscow International Film Festival. Östlund’s short film Incident by a Bank won the Golden Bear for Best Short Film at the 60th Berlin International Film Festival and Grand Prix at Tampere Film Festival in 2011. His 2014 film Force Majeure won 6 major prizes at Sweden’s most important film prize Guldbugga Prize. It was selected to compete in the Un Certain Regard section at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival where it won the Jury Prize and was nominated for the best foreign film at the 72rd Golden Global Award.
 
 
Tourist / Force Majeur
 
Sweden/120 min/Fiction/2014
Director: Ruben Östlund
 
A family on a ski holiday in the French Alps finds themselves staring down an avalanche during lunch one day; the impulsive reaction of the father in the family triggers a chain of reactions that have been shaken to the core of patriarch family value. How will the father regain trust from the wife and reestablish his father gesture in the family?
 
 
 
3. Seize the Moment
Nature witnesses the growth of the youth and the acts of people. “Seize the Moment” reveals how seemingly trivial everyday events express a very Nordic sensitivity towards dealing with changes.
 
1). Clumsy Little Acts of Tenderness
Finland/9 min/Fiction/2015
Director: Miia Tervo
On a weekend, father seeks to show his teenage daughter his love by taking her to a carwash, but instead, they end up on a life-changing adventure in the supermarket, assisted by a woman who over shares her stories. 
 
2). Bunker
Norway/30 min/Fiction/2015
Director: Vibeke Heide
Monika tries to revive the close relationship with her childhood friend Irene. A day-trip to an abandoned German bunker reveals that past conflicts from their younger years, the power struggle between these friends, has not entirely faded away.
 
3). World Wide Woven Bodies
Norway/16 min/Fiction/2015
Director: Truls Krane Meby
At the end of the 1990s the Internet came to Northern Norway, coinciding with the sexual awakening of 12-year-old Mads. The introduction of pornographic images into his life complicates his relationship with his parents, and their house becomes a minefield filled with uncomfortable interactions.
 
4). It’s Ok to Eat Fish ‘Cause they Don’t Have Any Feelings
Sweden/12 min/Fiction/2015
Director: Victor Lindgren
Matilda is home alone with her older brother Peter when his girlfriend Elin comes over. Elin is everything Matilda ever wanted to be. She loves the way she dresses, how she moves, her whole presence. Maybe even more than Peter does…
 
5). Touch
Norway/14 min/Fiction/2014
Director: Rasmus Even Holskjegstad
The sense of touch between humans has an intimate quality; sometimes almost too intimate, to the point when it causes distress.
 
 
4. Special Screening 2
Our tribute to the master director Roy Andersson brings here A Swedish Love Story,
Roy Andersson’s first feature film, completed when he was 26. Through the story of “the youngest lovers in world film history”, Andersson also depicted the generation of the couple’s parents whose situation reflected the social turmoil of the 1960s in Western society. The film was an immediate success and until today enjoys cult status amongst films on young love.
 
A Swedish Love Story
 
Sweden/115min/Fiction/1970
Director: Roy Andersson
15-year-old Per helps his father sometimes in his car repair and goes to the older folk’s home to visit his lonely grandpa. Annika has a proud father who is a not so- successful refrigerator salesman. She also has a beautiful aunt whose dream of becoming an airline hostess failed because she is too tall. Per and Annika meet at an outdoor party in the older folk’s home and gradually fall in love over the summer. Per is beaten up by the older kids in the gang. He pretends not to care about Annika. In spite of cynical and disapproving adults, the young love would eventually win over everything.

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