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Bo Widerberg retrospective being held in Germany

From the 15th of June until the 21st, the Deutsches Filminstitut in Frankfurt is hosting a near-complete Bo Widerberg retrospective.

The retrospective is curated by Filmkollektiv Frankfurt, with all prints and DCP’s coming from the Archival Film Collection of the Swedish Film Institute.

Many screenings will have introductions, and there will also be a lecture on Widerberg held by Swedish freelance journalist and author Mårten Blomkvist.

Bo Widerberg (1930-1997) was a Swedish film and television director. After writing a series of novels and short stories, he published a critical collection of essays titled The Vision of Swedish Film (Visionenisvensk film), in which he attacked the insular film culture of Sweden and promised a new wave. For example, he criticised Ingmar Bergman for having a bourgeois worldview. He went on to release such films as The Pram (Barnvagnen, 1963), Raven’s End (Kvartet Kopen, 1963) and Love 65 (Kärlek 65, 1967).

During the 1970s and 1980s, Widerberg sought new ways to direct and turned to genres, including the thriller. In 1976, he directed The Man on the Roof (Mannan på taket), an adaptation of one of the crime novels by Maj Sjöwall and Per Wahlöö. Widerberg chose popular comedian Carl Gustaf Lindstedt (1921-1992) in the lead role in the role of chief inspector Martin Beck. The collection of Beck titles by Bo Widerberg is considered to be the beginning of Nordic Noir. He went on to direct several classics for television, which had critical acclaim.

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Biography source: A Historical Dictionary of Scandinavian Cinema

Emma Vestrheim

Emma Vestrheim is the editor-in-chief of Cinema Scandinavia. Originally from Australia, she is now based in Bergen, Norway, and attends major Nordic film festivals to conduct interviews and review new films.