To light up the dark season that lies ahead, we have listed some of the most exciting and entertaining cultural experiences this autumn has to offer. Here’s our pick of what films to see.
Mia Engberg – Belleville Baby
In 2009, internationally acknowledged Swedish filmmaker Mia Engberg made headlines with the project Dirty Diaries, in which she produced feminist porn financed by Swedish state film funds. With her latest semidocumentary feature length film Belleville Baby, Mia Engberg tells a love story about a bank robber in Paris and a film director in Stockholm. It is a story about individuals, memories, and time, but also about society, politics, and a cat named Baby. Put together with Super 8 footage from now and then; his mobile phone images from Paris and her 16mm footage from Stockholm, it is a beautiful artistic film, awarded at several film festivals. See it in cinemas now or download it from App Store here.
Joel and Ethan Coen – Inside Llewyn Davis
Academy Award winning film directors, screenwriters, and producers Joel and Ethan Coen’s new drama Inside Llewyn Davis will open in the US in December. Awarded with the Grand Prix at 2013 Cannes Film Festival, it’s said to be filled with the Coen brothers’ characteristic combination of satirical humor and profound melancholy. The film follows a young folk singer during one week, as he tries to take on the New York music scene in the sixties. T-Bone Burnett, who made the music for Coen’s O Brother, Where Art Thou? produced the soundtrack to this movie as well.
Noah Baumbach – Frances Ha
Together with the talented writer and actress Greta Gerwig, Noah Baumbach has written and directed one of the best portraits of Manhattan intellectuals since the great Manhattan by Woody Allen. Frances Ha has been compared with Lena Dunham’s Girls because of the way it captures multi-faceted personalities and how it discusses existential questions about friendship and love in a non-pretentious way. See it in cinemas now.
Harmony Korine – Spring Breakers
Written and directed by Harmony Korine, Spring Breakers is predicted to be a future cult film. Here, the provocative moviemaker, best known for writing the script for Kids in 1995, once again questions the American dream. It is a story filled with teen stars, sex, drugs, guns, and paradoxes that no one can ignore. Korine never allows the viewer be at ease during this bizarre comedy drama full of both agony and anticipation. The Swedish DVD will be released on October 30.
Abdellatif Kechiche – Blue Is The Warmest Color
Written, directed, and produced by Tunisian-French Abdellatif Kechiche, Blue Is the Warmest Color won La Palme d’Or, the most prestigious price at Cannes Film Festival. Telling the story about a young lesbian who finds her identity through experimenting with sexuality and love, the film has provoked some and inspired many. After travelling around film festivals in Europe and the US, the film will be shown at Stockholm International Film Festival in November.
Anna Odell – The Reunion
Anna Odell is well known for her art project, Unknown, woman 2009-349701, where she faked a psychosis in an attempt to show hierarchy and abuse of power in the Swedish healthcare system. Her film debut The Reunion, in which Odell plays the lead role as a victim of bullying, won great acclaim, as well as the FIPRESCI prize when it was shown in Venice earlier this autumn. The semidocumentary film is self-revealing without being self-effacing, and it highlights some complex psychological processes of group dynamics. Swedish premiere date is set to be November 15.