Stockholm My Love
Scandifilm + Q&A With Mark Cousins
Thu 01 Jan 1970 - Thu 01 Jan 1970
Director: Mark Cousins
Starring: Nenah Cherry
UK, Sweden, 88 mins, 2016, subtitled
Stockholm is one of the worlds great cities, yet there are surprisingly few films in which it has played a central role. Even Ingmar Bergman preferred the archipelago. In Stockholm My Love, Mark Cousins captures the citys urbanism, cinematic vistas, changing weather and luminosity, the poetics of the place, its social history, complexity and dreamscape.
Stockholm My Love is a film about recovering from a bad thing. It is a film about the city of Stockholm, and about a woman. Alva Achebe (Neneh Cherry) is a Swedish architect in her late 40s. Shes haunted by tragedy, walking the streets, playing truant from her life, trying to get lost. But her steps just lead her back to the very thing shes trying to forget. As she walks through the city, she sees it as it is today, and also as it was in previous decades. She remembers the fun and fear it made her feel. The cityscape and its buildings begin to become metaphors for what she is feeling.
Cousins, Cherry and cinematographer Christopher Doyle (In the Mood for Love and Cousins own I Am Belfast) create a visceral, music and poetry-filled exploration of grief, but one that also examines the glorious moments when Alva emerges from that state.
Mark Cousins will be joining us via Skype for a Q&A after the screening on Sat 18 Mar.
Ticket holders will be entered into our #Scandifilm prize draw and be in with the chance of winning a hamper filled with Swedish food and goodies from TotallySwedish.
The hamper contains a packet of Swedish cripsbread, sour cream & onion flavoured crisps, a milk & mint chocolate bar, two different types of liquorice sweeties, a jar of blueberry jam and a bottle of freshly squeezed lingonberry juice, which can be used in cooking, as a drink mixer or undiluted as an alcohol free health drink. Find out more about TotallySwedish here >>