New Nordic Cinema at Scandinavia House returns in a virtual format! Celebrate contemporary Nordic filmmaking with us from home by catching some of the best new films in weekend sessions of contemporary feature films and documentaries. The ninth session of the series from May 7-13 features the film Run Uje Run /Spring Uje Spring (Sweden, 2020; dir. Henrik Schyffert).
The autobiographical story of Uje Brandelius, a family father, radio host and keyboard player in his pop band Doktor Kosmos, Run Uje Run stars Uje and his family in their initially harmonious and ordinary suburban life outside Stockholm: where family dinners, homework, negotiation on drop-offs to the kindergarten, and his daughter’s chess and fencing training are their main concerns. But Uje finds himself faced with a life-changing crisis upon learning that he has Parkinson’s disease — which he at first keeps as a secret, while also reflecting on many of the the big questions in life. As he starts to put himself around people and situations he would not otherwise be in, taking chances that end in embarrassment and unexpected comedy, his unusual behavior sparks conflicts at home and at work.
A warm comedy where everyday scenes and pop music are woven together against the backdrop of heavier future prospects, Run Uje Run is about the turns that life takes after being diagnosed with a disease; what you have to catch up to in life, and what you do not. Winner of the Best Film & Amanda Kernell Best Director, Swedish Guldbagge Awards (78 min. In Swedish with English subtitles.)
Festival films will be available to ticket holders all over the U.S. Each session is limited to 250 tickets in an effort to preserve the intimate and communal experience. The sessions will take place over seven days (Friday — Thursday), with all films available for viewing on a virtual cinema screening platform throughout this period. To download viewing instructions and an FAQ, please click here.
About Henrik Schyffert
Henrik Schyffert (b. 1968) has had a broad career within Swedish TV and film production as a TV host, actor, screenwriter and director. He is also a music artist and an experienced stand-up comedian.