Odell’s The Reunion is the only local contender for Stockholm’s Bronze Horse
by Jorn Rossing Jensen
- Swedish director Anna Odell’s feature debut, which was awarded in Venice, will have its world premiere at the 24th Stockholm International Film Festival (November 6-17)
US director Steve McQueen’s 12 Years a Slave [+see also:
interview: Michael Fassbender
film profile], which opened the 24th Stockholm International Film Festival yesterday (November 6), is one of the 20 contenders for the world’s heaviest film trophy, the 7.3 kilo Bronze Horse, which is given to the winner of the international competition for first, second or third features.
The historical drama about a free black man who is kidnapped from his family in New York and sold into slavery in 1850s’ Louisiana, is up against films from most corners of the world – but only one local, the world premiere of Swedish director Anna Odell’s The Reunion [+see also:
film profile] (photo), which won the international critics’ FIPRESCI prize for Best Feature Debut in Venice. Depicting a class reunion after 20 years, the film shows how bullying, power structures and old hierarchies have not changed.
“I don’t want to say that the others in the class were the bad guys and I was the good guy, but simply describe how unconscious we are. Just how little we reflect on our actions in different groups and how we deal with and relate to power,” Odell explained. The Reunion, which Triart Film will release domestically on November 15,is also screening in the competition for First and Second Features at the 15th Bratislava International Film Festival, (November 6-12).
The Stockholm festival’s Industry Days for film professionals, which are scheduled between November 13-16, includes the presentations of 14 Nordic works-in-progress, ao Swedish director Tarik Saleh’s Tommy, his follow-up on the award-winning Metopia (2010), with a spotlight on the director-producer relationship. Industry delegates have access to master classes with French director Claire Denis, UK director Peter Greenaway and US writer-director-producer-cinematographer Daniel Patrick Carbone. The festival runs through November 17.
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