2017 SFS Guests

Jan Troell

Jan Troell is, along with Ingmar Bergman, Lasse Hallström and Roy Andersson, one of the most notable directors of the Swedish cinematography. Troell collected dozens of world festival awards, including Golden Bear and two Oscar nominations. The chief characteristics of his works are the realistic style, strong connections to the Swedish history and nature, and laying a special emphasis on artistic aspects of film. Troell begun as a director of photography and filmed many of his own films as well. His most essential film is probably the historical saga The Emigrants starring Max von Sydow and Liv Ullmann. The Emigrants will be screened in the Retrospective section as part of the SFS honour given to this living personification of Swedish cinema since 1963.

Daniel Bergman

A son of Ingmar Bergman and Käbi Laretei. Daniel acted in his father’s films since his early childhood (the first two years of his life are captured in father’s shot film Stimulantia). Daniel Bergman debuted with his most renowned feature Sunday’s Child, which he directed with his father providing the screensplay. Later on he made feature films and documentaries. His programme at SFS will prove his strong position in Swedish cinema.

Tarik Saleh

Swedish film director, producer, animator and journalist. Saleh is also one of the famous Swedish graffiti artists of the 1990s. He worked for the Swedish television and made music videos for Lykke Li, the queen of indie pop. He debuted with his authorial animated sci-fi Metropia. So far he has made 2 documentaries and 3 feature-length movies. The latest one – The Nile Hilton Incident – won him the main award at this year’s Sundance. SFS will introduce Saleh’s works in a complete retrospective.

Jan Holmberg

This prominent Swedish film historian will hold a series of lectures on the history of Swedish film. In four sessions, you will be guided through various epoques since the early beginnings of the Swedish cinema. Jan Holmberg is also the head of the Ingmar Bergman Foundation that guards the Bergman’s legacy.

Erik Hedling

Erik Hedling is a professor of film studies at Lund University in Sweden. He specializes in the history of Swedish cinema with the detailed focus on the relationship between the Swedish film and the society from the social and political perspective. He will bring a selection of films that maps the development of Swedish social state and the „folkhemmet“ concept.

Sergey Loznitsa

Sergei Loznitsa’s mini-retrospective aims to testify the transition of the Russian traditional contemplative films towards a new dimension. The director’s mathematical genius is apparent both in his observational documentaries and in austere feature films. Albeit his attitudes remain unexpressed, Loznitsa’s films abound with emotions and the space open to a viewer’s imagination. The regular competitor in Cannes will visit us with his latest title A Gentle Creature that was inspired by the eponymous Dostojewski’s novel.

Philippe Grandrieux

Grandrieux is a French director of features and documentaries. His films, regularly screened in Venice or Locarno, are significant for a radical style of poetics. He studied film at the INSAS in Bruxelles, started with experimental short films and made his feature debut only twenty years later. His film Despite the Night is counted among the fundamental works of New French Extremity. All Grandrieux’s features step out with a remarkably terse and disturbing form, with the minimum of dialogues, and their dealing with a human body and sexuality.

Angela Schanelec

A German film director, screenwriter and occasional actress, one of the most important faces of the contemporary German film. She won her acclaim with the 1998 Places in Cities and lined next to her colleagues Christian Petzold and Thomas Arslan, front personalities of the Berlin school. Her cinematic style employs inconspicuous realism, intellectual depth, and a combination of modern styles with the 1960s methods of filmmaking.

José Luis Guerín

José Luis Carrogio Guerín is one of the most authentic Spanish (and international) directors. He is regularly premiered at international film festivals (Venice, Cannes, San Sebastian, Locarno, Rotterdam, or Tokyo). His works, merging aspects of features and documentaries, are perceived as being adequate to our intelligence, just as the language and philosophy reflect the mechanisms of our thinking. This purely philosophical attitude may be scrutinized during his SFS complete retrospective.

Wojciech Smarzowski

A Polish film director and screenwriter, one of the most remarkable personalities of the contemporary Polish cinema. His films are ranged high and gain respect of audience as well as of experts. The “Smarzowsi phenomenon” is familiar to the local audience as well. His films are being regularly screened at the national film festivals. He will present his latest film Wolyn that won him, already fourth, best director award.

Magda Vášáryová

A Slovak diplomat and politician, a former Czechoslovak Ambassador in Austria, Slovak Ambassador in Poland, and a member of Slovak Parliament. She studied sociology at Komenského University in Bratislava, Faculty of Arts. Although she had never thought about becoming an actress, she was one of the most frequent casts in Czechoslovakia from the 1960s to the beginning of the 1990s when she decided to leave the film behind and solely focus on the politics.

Jan Svěrák

The most talented and successful Czech filmmaker of his generation entered vigorously into the world of feature-length film. His debut, The Elementary School (1991), was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film while his fourth film Kolja (1996) eventually won this prize. Each of Svěrák’s films is an audience pleasure and a ticket for another Czech Lion. Summer Film School will introduce his latest film Barefoot which is a continuation of his legendary debut.

Miro Remo

Uncompromising Slovak documentarist and a representative of the latest generation of Slovak filmmakers (along with Marko Škop or Ivan Ostrochovský). Remo will introduce his works: his mastery debut Comeback, Coolture, Richard Müller: Unrecognized (AČFK distribution) and his student film Arsy-Versy.