The Swedish film “Swoon” (orig: Eld og Lågor, 2019) directed by Måns Mårlind and Björn Stein will open the 61st Lubeck Nordic Film Days (Nordische Filmtage Lübeck) in Germany. With “Swoon”, the directors of “Midnight Sun” (2016) and co-authors of the internationally acclaimed series “Bron/Broen” (“The Bridge”) present a visually spectacular, romantic, and entertaining film with magical musical elements and surprising special effects.
“Swoon” takes us back to 1940s Stockholm, telling a touching Romeo and Juliet story, based on real events, set in the milieu of a fun fair. The film features a brilliant cast headed by newcomers Frida Gustavsson and Albin Grenholm in the top roles. Additional roles are played by Pernilla August and Robert Gustafsson (of “The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared”).
Stockholm, 1940. In the Djurgården neighbourhood, rival fun fairs Nöjesfältet and Gröna Lund sit right next to other. It is not just Europe that is gripped by war, the two carnival families Lindgren and Nilsson have long been sworn enemies. But in the midst of the tumult of the amusements, the families’ children, John Lindgren and Ninni Nilsson fall in love. The family feud puts their love and loyalty to a severe test, but the two are quite simply made for each other. Although Gröna Lund is a real amusement park in Stockholm, very few people know the true story behind the fair.
““Swoon” is a magnificent way to open th 61st festival”, says Linde Fröhlich, the artistic director of the Lubeck Nordic Film Days, “the film is as colorful and diverse as the slate of films we welcome people to see at the festival”.
The 61st Lubeck Nordic Film Days, presented by the Hanseatic city of Lübeck, will be held from October 29 to November 3, 2019.