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Largest ever Swedish retrospective in US kicks off soon

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From April16-May 4, the Film Society of Lincoln Centre in New York will host the largest ever retrospective of Swedish films in the US: 48 titles from 1913-2010.

Northern Exposures: Social Change and Sexuality in Swedish Cinema is an overview of the development of Swedish cinema over the last 97 years, as well as a chronicle of the social changes in Sweden that notably altered women’s role in society and working conditions.

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Some films, such as Vilgot Sjöman’s 1969 landmark I Am Curious (Yellow) and its sexual openness, helped change US laws regarding moral restrictions in art. “Swedish film has enjoyed a far-reaching influence over cinema cultures across the world. With Northern Exposures, we are excited to screen a wide breadth of films, while offering audiences a rare opportunity to see many seminal classics on the big screen,” said Mara Manus, Executive Director for the Film Society of Lincoln Centre.

On April 17, a panel discussion on Swedish cinema today will be attended by filmmakers Fredrik Edfeldt (The Girl [+see also:
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interview: Fredrik Edfeldt
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]
), Jesper Ganslandt (The Ape [+see also:
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), Henrik Hellström and Fredrik Wenzel (Burrowing [+see also:
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) and Stig Björkman (Scenes from the Playground).

Northern Exposures also features the multi-media Ingmar Bergman installation entitled The Man Who Asked Hard Questions.

Several Swedish films will have their US premieres as part of the festival: the second instalment of the Millennium trilogy, Tomas Alfredson’s The Girl Who Played with Fire [+see also:
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; Burrowing; and Babak Najafi’s award-winning directorial debut Sebbe [+see also:
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]
.

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