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Berlinale Special

Den allvarsamma leken

A Serious Game

Ein ernsthaftes Spiel


Patrik Andersson (Producer), Liv Mjönes, Sverrir Guðnason (Actors), Pernilla August (Director), Karin Franz Körlof, Mikael Nyqvist (Actors)
Moderation: Nikolaj Nikitin

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Stockholm at the beginning of the twentieth century. Lydia, the daughter of a landscape painter, and Arvid, a young journalist at the beginning of his career, fall in love at first sight. But the time is not ripe for their happiness: after the sudden death of her father, Lydia finds herself without an inheritance. Believing that he has nothing to offer her, penniless Arvid, who comes from a poor background, shies away from the idea of marriage. They part. When they meet again ten years later – both are now married and have children – they embark upon a passionate affair with unforeseeable consequences.
Director, actor and writer Pernilla August’s adaptation of Hjalmar Söderberg’s classic 1912 novel of the same title is based on a screenplay by Lone Scherfig (Italian for Beginners, An Education). The topic under debate is the eternal question of true love. Is it merely a dream or can it ever be experienced? A romance about two people who transcend the morals of their time and discover their own, unexpected ways of fulfilling their emotions.

Sweden / Denmark / Norway 2016, 115 min


Pernilla August


Sverrir Gudnason
Karin Franz Körlof
Liv Mjönes
Michael Nyqvist

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