Simon and the Oaks

Simon and the Oaks  {Simon och ekarna}
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Simon and the Oaks
Simon och ekarna
Sweden, 2011, 122 Minute Running Time
Additional Countries: Norway, Denmark, Germany
US Premiere
Topic: Woman Director
Program: World Cinema
Language: Swedish English Sub-Titles

An epic drama spanning the years 1939 to 1952, this is the gripping story of Simon (played by Bill Skarsgaard, brother of Alex and son of Stellan), who grows up in a loving working class family on the outskirts of Gothenburg but always feels out of place. Intellectually gifted, he stubbornly persists in acquiring an education normally reserved for young men of the professional classes, much to the chagrin of his parents who fear that he will become stuck up. At prep school, he meets Isak, the son of a wealthy Jewish bookseller who has fled Nazi persecution in Germany. When Isak faces trouble at home, he seeks comfort from Simon’s family and the two households slowly merge, connecting in unexpected ways as war rages all over Europe. Simon and the Oaks is based on the Swedish bestseller of the same name, written by Marianne Fredriksson. It offers a unique depiction of fate, destiny and free will and vividly portraysthe situation for Jews in Sweden during World War II.

Director Lisa Ohlin is expected to attend both screenings.

DIRECTOR: Lisa Ohlin
Producer: Marc-Daniel Dichant, Patrick Knippel, Steffen Reuter, Leander Carell, Sveinung Golimo, Per Holst
Editor: Kasper Leick
Screenwriter: Marnie Blok
Cinematographer: Dan Laustsen
Music: Annette Focks
Principal Cast: Bill Skarsgaard, Helen Sjöholm, Stefan Gödicke, Jonatan Wächter, Jan Josef Liefers, Karl Linnertorp
Filmography: Sex hopp och karlek (2005),Seeking Temporary Wife (2003)
Print Source: Swedish Film Institute -

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