Marnie Blok and Linda Aronson, from the international best-seller by the late Marianne Fredricksson -- by Lisa Ohlin (shown at left), the film is a visual feast from its opening through its finale. Taking place in the Swedish countryside and along its gorgeous coastline, the movie posits a pantheistic connection between its hero, Simon, and the natural world that exists all around him, particularly those oaks which he frequents (he has a tree-house in one of them), speaks to and which seem to be speaking to him in return.
Jan Josef Liefers, above), a wealthy Jew who somehow manages to keep life, limb and fortune all intact.
Cecilia Nilsson (as Simon's "aunt") who walked away with the awards, it seems strange to me that Helen Sjöholm (below, right) and Stefan Gödicke (below, left) as Simon's "nurture" parents didn't win, as well. The whole cast deserves a lot of praise for bringing to life characters that make up a tale that I shall remember for a very long time.
The Film Arcade (a new distributor worth watching, I think), opens this Friday, October 12, in New York City exclusively at The Paris, and the Friday following in five more cities, with a dozen more to come in the next few weeks. Click here to see a listing of all currently scheduled playdates, with cities and theaters shown.