Swedish Film Goes Capri starts June 21Villa San Michele's film festival, Swedish Film Goes Capri, will take place from June 21 to 24. The program includes three Swedish films and one Italian, with exciting guests from both countries.
The films to attract the residents and visitors of Capri to Swedish Film Goes Capri, the festival held for the second consecutive year, are "Primadonna," "Utvandrarna" (The Emigrants), "Boy from Heaven," and "Breaking Social."
Kicking off on the 21st is the Italian film "Primadonna" (2022), directed by Marta Savina. The story is based on the true story of a young woman in Sicily in the 1960s, who refuses to enter into a forced marriage after a rape. Instead, she confronts the perpetrator and his accomplices in court. The film's lead actors, Claudia Gusmano and Dario Aita, as well as the director, will be present. The director recently received the Il Premio Millennial Visionaria award, given annually in collaboration with Villa San Michele, to a young female Italian filmmaker.
On June 22, there will be the Italian premiere of Erik Poppe's "Utvandrarna" (The Emigrants) 2021. The film is based on Swedish author Vilhelm Moberg's novel, but presents the family's journey from a female perspective. Sweden's ambassador to Italy, Jan Björklund, and actresses Lucrezia Guidone and Alice Arcuri will introduce the film.
"Showing Swedish films with Italian subtitles is challenging here, where all films are dubbed. We attract the Italian audience with current Italian actors as guests, who talk about themselves and comment on the subjects of the Swedish films. It is a way to fulfill Villa San Michele's mission of building bridges between Swedish and Italian culture," says Kristina Kappelin, the Villa’s director.
On June 23, it's time for "Boy from Heaven" (2022) . The film's director and screenwriter, Tarik Saleh, won the Best Screenplay Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival last year. He will discuss his film with Italian actor Jacopo Cullin. The film is a gripping political thriller about the power struggles behind the scenes at the prestigious Al-Azhar University in Cairo.
Swedish Film Goes Capri concludes on June 24 with the newly released documentary "Breaking Social" (2023), introduced by director Fredrik Gertten. "Breaking Social" explores societal injustices and highlights the possibility of effecting positive change by engaging and fighting for one's cause.
Among the festival's Italian guests are also Nunzia Schiano, Maria Vera Ratti, and Christoph Hülsen who will intervene June 24.
All screenings are free and start at 8 p.m. at Villa San Michele's outdoor stage. For information and bookings, contact Luca Grossi at email@example.com or call +39 0818371401.
Swedish Film Goes Capri is organized by Villa San Michele with the support of the Swedish Embassy in Italy and the Swedish Institute's film package for Swedish institutions abroad. The festival is under the patronage of the Honorary Consulate of Sweden in Anacapri, the Campania region, Anacapri, Capri's municipality, SIAE, and the Swedish Embassy. The festival is held in collaboration with Capri Palace Jumeirah and Staiano Tour Capri.
Villa San Michele expresses gratitude to the Catarina and Sven Hagströmer Foundation and Birgitta and Conni Jonsson for their financial support.