Främmande hamn (Hampe Faustman, 1948) is one of the Swedish classics screened in Tokyo

Special screening of Swedish classics in Tokyo

30 Swedish classics will be screened at the National Film Archive in Japan from November 27 to December 23. The season, called Sweden-Japan 150 Years: An Invitation to Swedish Film History, is commemorating the 150th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Sweden and Japan.

The films included in the programme range from the 1930's to the 1980's, and many of the films screened have been digitally restored by the Swedish Film Institute, such as En kvinnas ansikte / A Woman's Face (Molander, 1938), Bara en mor / Only a Mother (Sjöberg, 1949), Hon dansade en sommar / One Summer of Happiness (Mattsson, 1951), Mitt hem är Copacabana / My Home is Copacabana (Sucksdorff, 1965) and Flickorna /The Girls (Zetterling, 1968). 35mm archival prints from the Swedish Film Institute collections are also screened.

During the programme of Swedish classics, there will also be a screening of the Japanese news-reel Sueeden koutaishi-denka douhi-denka goraicho, depicting the visit by Swedish crown prince Gustaf Adolf in Tokyo in 1926. A vintage nitrate print of the films was recently discovered in Stockholm, and new preservation and screening elements on 35mm has been struck at the Swedish Film Institute's photochemical laboratory in Rotebro, on behalf of the NFAJ.

A selection of the films will later also be screened in Fukuoka and Kyoto.