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THE LONGEST DAY

by Jonas Selberg Augustsén

synopsis

"Life isn't meant to be lived, it's meant to be endured." This statement by one of the characters in this ensemble film provides a good indication of the frame of mind of a small Swedish community near the Arctic Circle as it prepares for midsummer night. Everyone has their own cross to bear, some a little heavier than others. A truck driver, who turns 65 that day, doesn't seem to know what to do with his life now that he is retired. A woman has to justify her responsibility for a failed project that has cost society millions. A shop manager with high blood pressure has to solve all manner of problems, while all he really wants is to be left alone. This melancholy, dryly comedic Finnish-language film is the fourth of a five-part series on minority languages in Sweden.

international title: The Longest Day
original title: Den längsta dagen
country: Sweden, Finland
year: 2020
genre: fiction
directed by: Jonas Selberg Augustsén
film run: 120'
release date: SE 27/11/2020
screenplay: Jonas Selberg Augustsén
cast: Maria Heiskanen, Ville Virtanen, Kari Hietalahti, Henna Tanskanen, Bianca Kronlöf, Sara Melleri, Marja Packalén, Timo Nieminen
cinematography by: Heikki Färm
film editing: Nils Moström, Mervi Junkkonen
art director: Marika Åkerblom
producer: Andreas Emanuelsson
production: Bob Film Sweden AB, Empire Pictures
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