Sweden’s hip factor somehow displayed itself in Bangkok on Wednesday 22 April, when the country’s Ambassador to Thailand H.E. Mr Klas Molin inaugurated what has become an annual signature event – the Swedish Film Festival 2015.
For in its fourth consecutive year, and growing in popularity, the V.I.P and invite-only pre-festival screening of the film Stockholm Stories (the opening film of the festival) attracted also large local media attendance to learn about this year’s festival and the movie and meet its Director Karin Fahlén, along with young actress Julia Ragnarsson.
As the Swedish Ambassador wished the audience a good festival (now in its 4th consecutive year), he expressed the embassy’s strong appreciation towards the sponsors Volvo trucks & buses and Scania who helped to enable the festival along with SF World Cinema, the host for the festival at CentralWorld.
The Swedish Institute picks the movies, which are all success from back home, with many viewers and wonderful write-ups by film critics. Stockholm Stories was also nominated for a Gold Hugo at the Chicago International Film Festival.
Klas Molin welcomed this film’s director and actress to the film festival in Bangkok, who themselves introduced the movie in the cinema following on the opening reception.
Highlighting today’s quality and many good film makers the Ambassador also said that it was time to stop giving quotes about the director legend Ingmar Bergman, which he had been asked to do again and again.
“Today we have so many famous directors and actors and actresses so it’s better to talk about the future and these film makers!”
Stockholm Stories is a contemporary and humorous drama about five people whose paths cross during a few rainy days. Young writer Johan obsess over his theory on light and darkness. Preppy Douglas falls in love with recently dumped and homeless Anna. Advertising professional Jessica is denied an adoption and workaholic Thomas is distracted from his position at the cabinet minister by a randomly sent love letter.
The other films screened during the festival are:
The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared
Shade No Tears
The festival takes place on 23 – 26 April and is open to public with English subtitles. Interested viewers and Swedish film fans can get free tickets at the public relation point of the Swedish Film Festival on the 7th Floor at SF World Cinema, Central World, around 30 minutes prior to show time.