Scandinavian filmmakers are on a roll, from “The Girl with a Dragon Tattoo” turning Noomi Rapace into a global star, Norwegian hit “Headhunters” getting a U.S. remake to “The Hunt” star Mads Mikkelsen taking home Best actor at Cannes. Check out our exclusive first look at the poster and a clip for Swedish director Lisa Ohlin’s period epic “Simon and the Oaks,” based on Marianne Fredriksson’s bestselling novel and recipient of thirteen nominations for Sweden’s Guldbagge Awards. The film will hit US theaters on October 12 (LA’s Landmark, NYC’s Paris Theater) via new distrib The Film Arcade. A national release will follow.
At this year’s Berlin Film Festival, Bill Skarsgaard, son of Stellan, was named a “shooting star of 2012.” The drama spans thirteen years from 1939 to 1952 and depicts the conditions for Jews living in Sweden during WWII.
We follow young intellectual outsider Simon, who grows up in a loving working class family on the outskirts of Gothenberg and gains admission to an upper-class grammar school. He learns about culture from Isak, the son of a wealthy Jewish bookseller (Jan Josef Leifers), who has fled Nazi persecution in Germany. Isak helps Simon’s dad (Stefan Godicke) make boats. Eventually as war rages over Europe, the two households slowly merge.