Based on a true story, the directorial debut of popular Swedish personalities Filip and Fredrik is an outrageous, unconventional comedy set in the 1980s about an eccentric villager who decides to put his sleepy hamlet on the map by assembling the world’s longest layer cake.

When in 1984 the small town of Koping is named “the most boring town in Sweden” by the popular television show Rekord-Magazinet, resident Hasse Pettersson (Mikael Perssbrandt, The Hobbit) refuses to allow his new home to become the subject of a national joke, and sets off on a mission to drum up some attention-grabbing excitement by creating the world’s largest sandwich cake. As Hasse puts aside drinking habits and financial struggles to fulfill his goal, he also begins to find that the potential for success gives his life a much-needed sense of purpose. And as his community begins to band around him, the citizens of Koping show that there is just as much value to be found in those who live outside the boundaries of what is considered conventional — and in their relentless ability to achieve a meaningful goal, no matter how absurd it may seem. Directed by Filip Hammar and Fredrik Wikingsson (Sweden, 2018) 


The Cake General is a warm, perhaps endearing tribute to people who do things; this hilarious story that stems from reality is also about everything that simmers below the surface in a small Swedish city.”—Cineuropa

“A love letter to small towns and their eccentricities that can come to be embraced as strengths, The Cake General feels as big as the place Hasse sees in his head when no one else can”—Moveable Feast

About the Directors

Former television comedy hosts and debut directors Filip Hammar and Fredrik Wikingsson were the writers and creators of the massively popular, heart-warming documentary Filip & Fredrik presents NICE PEOPLE

The acclaimed duo have had numerous accomplishments in television programming for over ten consecutive years, and have received a total of nine Swedish Emmy awards for their work as TV hosts.

About the Series

Ambitious schemes, romantic blunders, and last-chance adventures — the Nordic quest for happiness often takes many unexpected directions. Experience the humor of self-discovery in these recent comedies from the North!

St. Bernard Syndicate /Sankt Bernard

Heavy Trip/ Hevi Reissu

Pity the Lovers /Vesalings Elskendur

The Cake General /Tartgeneralen

Opportunity Knocks /Norske byggeklosser

October 25, 2019

October 25, 2019

FRI—October 25—7 PM
$12 ($7 ASF Members)
101 min. In Swedish with English subtitles.