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WELL BEGUN: Suhasini Maniratnam, Lars Hedenstedt from the Swedish Institute, Stina Vasu, Honorary Consul of Sweden, Chennai, and Ander Sjoberg, Deputy Head of Mission, Embassy of Sweden, New Delhi, at the inauguration of the Festival of Swedish Films in the city on Monday. Photo: S. S. Kumar
WELL BEGUN: Suhasini Maniratnam, Lars Hedenstedt from the Swedish Institute, Stina Vasu, Honorary Consul of Sweden, Chennai, and Ander Sjoberg, Deputy Head of Mission, Embassy of Sweden, New Delhi, at the inauguration of the Festival of Swedish Films in the city on Monday. Photo: S. S. Kumar

Staff Reporter

Festival of Swedish Films at South India Film Chamber

Chennai: The purple blue of the night sky slowly metamorphoses into a mild blue dawn on the serene waters in the screening of `Kimnovak Never Swam in Seneraret's Lake,' on the inaugural day of the Festival of Swedish Films, at the South India Film Chamber Theatre on Monday.

The film is based in 1962 and is directed by Martin Asphaug. It is about Erik, his new friend Edmund and his grown-up brother Henry. They spend their summer holidays in an old house near Genesaret. The story revolves around a new teacher Ewa Kaludis' relationship with Erik's brother Henry and the investigation of "a terrible thing that happens."

Seven other films from Sweden are to be screened till February 12.

Inaugurating the festival, Ander Sjoberg, Deputy Head of Mission, Embassy of Sweden, New Delhi, said the film festival was part of several events including the ship `Gotheberg' in the `Sweden Comes to Chennai,' events. There are also a Swedish Food Festival at the Taj Coromandel and a business seminar with Indian and Swedish businessmen. He requested the people in the Indian film industry to look out for interesting new locations to shoot films in Sweden.

Stina Vasu, Honorary Consul of Sweden, Chennai, called for a collaboration between India and Sweden in doing films for children.

Lars Hedenstedt, Project Manager, Film, Swedish Institute, said the festival aimed to show a little of the not-so-well-known directors. "The overall reputation is that Swedish films are serious, but here are light and intelligent comedies, crime and popular stories," he said, adding that Ingmar Bergman was almost synonymous with Swedish films.

Actor Suhasini Maniratnam said she grew up watching Bergman's films and some of the best films were from the Scandinavian countries. Film director Vasanth, also spoke.

The festival is co-ordinated by the Embassy of Sweden, New Delhi, Swedish Institute, Sweden, Honorary Consulate of Sweden, Chennai, the Madras Film Society and the ICA Foundation.

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