Every month I'm reporting about what's happening in NY in a column for Swedish Wift, and I'm thrilled to be able to include prestigeous events with Swedish filmmakers almost every time. These are good times for Swedish films finding an international auduence! So, here's the English version of last month's events:
June began by celebrating Roy Andersson and the theatrical release of "A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence", and continued with Open Roads: New Italian Cinema at Lincoln Center. Last but not least did NYWIFT invite to a film screening of the highly anticipated documentary "Amy".
Legendary Director Roy Andersson was greeted with a busy interview schedule upon his arrival in New York before the premiere of "A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence" at the Film Forum. A mingle in his honor was arranged at the Swedish Residence by the Swedish Consulate and Ambassador HE Bjorn Lyrvall, attended by the Swedish filmmaker community in New York and the distribution company Magnolia, among others.
Film Society of Lincoln Center showed Open Road: New Italian Cinema and had, as always, put together a very nice program. I saw "The Dinner" by Ivano De Matteo, "Greenery Will Bloom Again" by Ermano Olmi, "The Ice Forest" by Claudio Noce and last but not least, the Sundance hit "Chlorine" by Lamberto Sanfelice. The films were followed by Q&A's, and De Matteo explained that the difference between the character in the movie and the book was that he ate medication to control his anger so all that was removed, was a pill! The rest of the Q&A's were conducted by the cast; Claudio Santamaria told us how it was to work with legendary Ermano Olmi, Adriano Giannini spoke of frozen feet and playing against Emir Kusturica, while Sara Serraiocco informed us of how much Jennifer Lawrence in Debra Granik's "Winter's Bone" influenced her role in "Chlorine", but also, thankfully, that the social wellfare in Italy would not allow for a fate like that to be real.
NYWIFT invited to the screening of Cannes-hyped "Amy" which premieres in theaters here in July. The show was followed by Q&A with director Asif Kapadia and producer James Gay-Reef. The participants were not always comfortable with how they are portrayed in the film, they said, as their relationships were not always the best for Amy Winehouse. This goes especially Blake, who's been directly accused of her tragic death in the media, but they described it as a classic scenario of Amy with her problems being drawn to someone who had it worse, whom she could take care of. Blake was described as intelligent, charismatic and honest, and he said that he was honored to be in the movie. "Amy" offers wonderful documentary storytelling and great music - a fine tribute to this amazing talent who are not among us anymore.