on the grass along the water
Long Island City
3134 Vernon Boulevard, Long Island City, NY 11106
Take the N or W train to the Broadway stop in Queens and walk eight blocks west on Broadway (toward the East River) to the intersection of Vernon Boulevard.
Rooftop Films and The Swedish Film Institute present SWEDISH CINEMA Magicians skewer their assistants, bank robberies go awry, trains fall off their tracks and lovers come and go in this wild collection of award-winning short films from Sweden.
Presented in partnership with: IFC, New York magazine, vitaminwater, Swedish Film Institute, Socrates Sculpture Park & The Museum of the Moving Image
Anders & Harri (Asa Blanck and Johan Palmgren | Sweden | 13 min.)
Anders and Harri are best friends. They share an interest in music. Anders is also very fond of trains. They decide to go to Geta, where the biggest train-accident in Sweden took place in 1918. Suddenly there is music in the air. A film about friendship, fears, trains.
Bye Bye C'est Fini (Tora Martens | Sweden & Brazil | 14 min.)
Who says the fun stops just because you get older? Not 73-year-old Lina Merceis, who leisurely strolls the beaches of Rio De Janeiro by day and entertains scores of young lovers by night. Unrestricted by the traditions of monogamous relationships or marriage, Lina's carefree lifestyle disproves preconceptions on aging.
Incident by a Bank (Ruben Ostlund | Sweden | 11 min.)
A detailed and darkly amusing account of a failed bank robbery, recreated in a single highly-choreographed take in which over 96 people perform a meticulous set-piece for the camera. Recreating an actual event that took place in Stockholm back in June 2006, Incident by a Bank is an observation in real-time and a droll study of how people act and react to the unexpected.
Instead of Abracadabra (Patrick Eklund | Sweden | 22 min.)
Tomas is a little bit too old to still be living with his parents, but
his dream of becoming a magician leaves him with no other option.
Bengt, his father, just wants him to grow up and get a proper job. But
when Tomas meets his beautiful new neighbor Monica, he realizes that
there is only one acceptable course of action: he must perform his
greatest feat of magic at his father’s birthday party. Nominated for
an Academy Award in 2010.
Seeds of the Fall (Patrik Eklund | Sweden | 17 min.)
Middle-aged couple Rolf and Eva live in a passionless relationship. They wear and tear at each other and Eva begins to feel sexually frustrated. One night she tries to seduce Rolf. He dismisses her but then something happens that will change their relationship forever.
Tussilago (Jonas Odell | Sweden | 13 min.)
West German terrorist Norbert Krocher was arrested in Stockholm on March 31, 1977. He was leading a group planning to kidnap Swedish politician Anna-Greta Leijon. A number of suspects were arrested in the days following. One of the people arrested was Krocher's ex-girlfriend, "A". This is her story...