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THE FILMS OF RUBEN ÖSTLUND
JANUARY–MARCH 2015 **** EXTENDED THROUGH APRIL 14
2004, 89m, Sweden
Swedish with English Subtitles
with Erik Rutström, Ola Sandstig, Julia Persdotter, Mikael Allu, Bjarne Gunnarsson
cinematography: Tibor Gent; produced by Kaller Boman, Anna Sohlman
Östlund’s feature debut is set in Jöteborg, a fictional Swedish city resembling the director’s own hometown of Göteborg (Gothenburg). His focus is on outsiders and nonconformists, in particular the titular musician, a young man facing dire obstacles in life. The mostly nonprofessional cast brings a documentary quality to this loosely scripted communal portrait, wrought with compassion and touches of humor. Winner of the FIPRESCI Prize at the 2005 Moscow International Film Festival, Gitarrmongot is shot in typical Östlund fashion, with an observant camera capturing life from fixed positions.
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