Winner of Guldbagge Awards for Best Direction, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actor and Best Costume Design, MONICA Z chronicles the real-life triumphs and tragedy of popular Swedish jazz-singer Monica Zetterlund, played by an enchanting Edda Magnason who sings her own smoky, elegant vocals. MONICA Z is directed by Per Fly and stars Edda Magnason, Sverrir Gudnason, Kjell Bergqvist
Monica, a young, rebellious small town girl, is determined to make it as a singer in the vibrant sixties jazz clubs of Stockholm, and even New York City. Beautiful and sensual, she embarks on the singing career of her dreams and evolves as an exquisite singer and actress in the golden era of jazz. But behind all the glamour, Monica struggles to face the dark side of fame and success. The jazz life can take its toll, and with a string of broken love affairs, a father she can never please, and a daughter to whom she’ll never be the perfect mother, Monica finds herself living the blues.
MONICA Z is being presented as part of the Northwest Film Center’s New Scandinavian Cinema series, running October 23 through November 1. Northwest Film Center’s Whitsell Auditorium Portland Art Museum-1219 SW Park Avenue.