Nordic Focus at the Pordenone Silent Film Festival

One of the main series in this year’s edition of Le giorante del cinema muto in Pordenone, Italy, will be dedicated to the Golden Age of Swedish cinema and its influence on the production in the other Nordic countries. The festival began on Saturday, 30 September.

This year marks the centenary of the birth of what has later become known as the Golden Age of Swedish cinema. From 1917 until the mid-1920’s a number of Swedish film-makers would give Swedish cinema an unsurpassed international stature, showing that films could be art and not mere entertainment. Under the heading The Swedish Challenge this era will be highlighted by the screening of a number of lesser known Swedish films from the Golden Age as well as films from the other Nordic countries inspired by the Swedish style of film-making.

The series, which will be continued in next year’s edition of the festival, is curated by Magnus Rosborn of the Swedish Film Institute and Casper Tybjerg of Copenhagen University. In the 2017 edition the Swedish films Synnöve Solbakken/A Norway Lass (John W. Brunius, 1919), Thora van Deken/A Mother’s Fight (John W. Brunius, 1920) och Vem dömer/Love’s Crucible (Victor Sjöström, 1922) are be screened, alongside films from Norway, Denmark and Finland. The screening of Thora van Deken is the première of the Swedish Film Institute’s digital restoration of the film. During this year’s festival the Swedish non-fiction short Två hungrande städer vid Donau/Two Starving Cities on the Danube (1920) is included in a programme on the consequences of World War I.

For more information about the programme, check the festival’s website.


Barbara Majsa

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