The inaugural Scandinavian Film Festival is a modest affair in terms of numbers just four films, only one of which is feature length. But it makes up in freshness what it lacks in width and breadth. The centerpiece flick, You, the Living, from director Roy Andersson, was described by one reviewer as a morosely comic symphony on the meaning (or is that meaninglessness?) of life; it served as Swedens official entry in the Academy Awards foreign-language-film category this year. And a trio of short films from the region prove just as appealing. In Mr. Mustache, for instance, Norways Ørjan Jensen pays comic tribute to men who see the patch of flesh between their nose and mouth as an opportunity for often wild self-expression. And Icelands Slurpinn & Co.,a 1998 jaw-slackener from director Katrin Ólafsdóttir, is even more memorable: an absurd, wordless, elaborately choreographed office comedy thats captured by a revolving but otherwise stationary camera without a single edit prior to its bizarre bang of a conclusion. In the case of Slurpinn, and the fest as a whole, size doesnt matter.
The screenings get under way at 4 p.m. on Saturday, April 18, at Starz FilmCenter, 900 Auraria Parkway; admission is $10. Learn more at 303-595-3456 or www.denverfilm.org.
Sat., April 18, 4-7 p.m., 2009