Based on a novel by Norwegian author Jacob Breda Bull (1853-1930), this film tells the story of young Tore, who takes over his rundown family farm with the hope of building it up to impress the beautiful Berit. Berit, however, has been promised to Gjermund. When she and Tore fall deeply in love, both family members and rivals stand in their way.

The Bride of Glomdal is a classic example of a Norwegian Village film, in which contemporary love stories take place in sunny rural settings. Directed by Carl Th. Dreyer (Norway, 1926). 75 min.

Film Historian Vito Adriaensens will be introducing the films screened from 1 to 3 February.



About the Series

2017 marks the centennial of the start of what has become known as the “Golden Age” of Swedish cinema. This “Golden Age” is commonly regarded in film history as the Swedish film industry’s artistic peak in the years following the success of Victor Sjöström’s Henrik Ibsen adaptation A Man There Was(Terje Vigen), which premiered in January 1917. It is associated with films with large budgets and artistic ambitions, based on acclaimed literary works, and mostly set in a rural milieu, with location anchoring the action in the Scandinavian landscape. These films were often referred to as “national films” because of their reliance on national literature, national landscape, and national costume. There has been a tendency, however, to focus accounts of the Swedish “Golden Age” exclusively on the films made by Victor Sjöström and Mauritz Stiller, leaving out all other Swedish directors who made films in the same style. Many wonderful films have thus slipped from view because they do not match this overly narrow conception of Sweden’s film history.

This two-part film series, which will continue next year, is built around the argument that the first Swedish “Golden Age” films constituted a significant challenge to filmmakers in the neighboring countries, as well as in Sweden itself — aesthetically, commercially, and culturally. By showing a variety of important but lesser-known Swedish “Golden Age” films in combination with artistically connected films from the surrounding countries, we’ll emphasize how the Swedish films functioned as a catalyst in the other Nordic countries for the conception of what a national cinema is and should be.

Special thanks to the Danish Film Institute and the Swedish Film Institute and Pordenone Silent Film Festival.

To purchase a series pass for “The Swedish Challenge,” click here.

Films in the series include:

A Norway Lass /Synnöve SolbakkenTHU—JAN 25
A Mother’s Fight /Thora van DekenFRI—JAN 26
Gypsy Anne /Fante-AnneSAT—JAN 27
Love’s Crucible /Vem dömerSAT—JAN 27
Anna LiisaTHU—FEB 1
The House of Shadows/Morænen—FRI—FEB 2
The Bride of Glomdal /Glomdalsbruden—SAT—FEB 3

About Vito Adriaensens

Film Historian Vito Adriaensens will be introducing the films screened from 1 to 3 February. Vito is the author of the upcoming Velvet Curtains and Gilded Frames: The Art of Early European Cinema, and teaches Early Cinema at Columbia University.

He is on the Executive Committee of Domitor, the International Society for the Study of Early Cinema, and recently wrote on the marvels of Swedish Silent Cinema for Kosmorama, the journal of the Danish Film Institute.



Photo Credit: Det Danske Filminstitut, København

$12 ($7 ASF Members)
Series Pass $45 ($30 ASF Members)