Pernilla August’s ‘A SERIOUS GAME’ to premiere at Berlin

Serious Game Pernilla August

Swedish actress/director Pernilla August is set to premiere her second feature, A Serious Game, at a Berlinale Gala during the Berlin International Film Festival.

A Serious Game is a fresh interpretation of Swedish author Hjalmar Söderberg’s 1912 novel The Serious Game: a love story between a journalist, Arvid Stjärnblom, and an artist’s daughter, Lydia Stille. They share a dream of grand and unspoiled life, but the price entails a greater sacrifice than they had imagined.

Actors Sverrir Gudnason and Karin Franz Korlof take the lead roles, and the film co-stars Liv Mjones and Michael Nyqvist. A Serious Game was produced by Sweden’s B-Reel Films with Film i Vast, Motlys (Norway), Nimbus Films (Denmark) and Reel Ventures (Canada).

A Serious Game is due for Nordic release on the 8th of September. No international release is currently set.


You can view the Swedish trailer here:


A Serious Game (Den allvarsamma leken)

Once Lydia was the innocent girl – a daughter of a painter – that young journalist Arvid fell in love with out in the archipelago. Or did he? Did he fall in love with the idea of what love is supposed to be? In its clearest, most untainted form. The beauty of love, the match made in heaven, the love at first sight. Arvid feels that he wants to make an importance in the world and make a clear break from his social background. His ambition stands in the way of marriage and the love slips away.

A decade has past since they first set eyes on each other. Now both are married. Yet not with each other. They meet again and end up having an affair. An affair that forces the couple to reflect upon the time passed, how different they both have become and how far away from each other they actually are. The consequences of their affair are unforeseeable.

In the hands of Lone Scherfig one of the most celebrated stories of Swedish literature have become a heartbreaking, humorous and erotic tale about the complexity of love set in the beautiful setting of turn-of-the-century Stockholm.

– B-Reel Films 

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.