Stills from The Norrtull Gang (1923) and Flight of the Eagle (1982)
Stills from The Norrtull Gang (1923) and Flight of the Eagle (1982).

Digitally restored Swedish film classics to be screened in Lyon and Hamburg

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Flight of the Eagle by director Jan Troell and The Norrtull Gang by Per Lindberg have been selected for the Lumière Festival and the Hamburg International Queer Film Festival, respectively. Both films have been digitally restored by the Swedish Film Institute.

The Lumière Festival

Flight of the Eagle (Ingenjör Andrées luftfärd, 1982) by Jan Troell has been selected to The Lumière Festival where it will screen in the section Lumière Classics on October 16 and 17. 

Troell, one of Sweden's foremost filmmakers, built his film around the dramatic true story of three men attempting to travel over the infinite polar ice. In July 1887, the hot-air balloon The Eagle was launched from Spitsbergen in Norway and headed out on an expedition to the North Pole. The basket transported engineer and aeronaut Salomon August Andrée, amanuensis Nils Strindberg, and civil engineer Knut Frænkel. En route to the North Pole, The Eagle disappeared without a trace. Flight of the Eagle was based on the novel by Per Olof Sundman, which proposed that Andrée was aware that he should have abandoned the expedition. The film stars Max von Sydow (pictured above),who was awarded the Pasinetti Award at the 1982 Venice Film Festival for his portrayal of Andrée. Flight of the Eagle was also nominated for an Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film. 

This year's Lumière Classics section also includes Swedish auteur Bo Widerberg's final film All Things Fair (1998). 

Created in 2009 by the Institut Lumière, The Lumière Festival has become one of the largest international festivals of classic cinema. Once a year in Lyon, the birthplace of the Cinematograph, the cinema world celebrates the vitality and memory of film, taking a contemporary journey through works of the past – restored films, retrospectives and tributes. 

The Hamburg International Queer Film Festival

Furthermore, The Norrtull Gang (Norrtullsligan, 1923) by Per Lindberg has been selected to the Hamburg International Queer Film Festival where it will be screened with live piano music on October 20. More on the screening here.

“Norrtullsligan”, a linguistically peculiar word meaning "female bachelors" is a term that was used during the early part of the 20th century in Sweden to describe financially independent women who made their own way through life. With a socially critical tone, director Per Lindberg told the story of a group of women who share living quarters and work together. After going on strike they are fired from their jobs for their rebel-rousing influence. The film was based on the 1908 novel by author and journalist Elin Wägner, one of the most important and influential feminist pioneers in Sweden.

The Hamburg International Queer Film Festival (HIQFF) is Germany’s oldest, largest and, from the very start, queerest film festival. This year the festival celebrates its 30th anniversary.

Opening HIQFF is another Swedish film, Levan Akin's And The We Danced. The film had its world premiere in the Director's Fortnight section at Cannes earlier this year, and has picked up awards at the Sarajevo and Odessa film fests. It is also nominated for a European University Film Award (EUFA) and has been chosen as Sweden's submission for the Best International Feature Film Oscar. Writer-director Levan Akin and actor Levan Gelbakhiani will attend the opening. HIQFF will also screen Lukas Moodyson's modern Swedish queer classic and Teddy Award winner Show Me Love (Fucking Åmål, 1998). 

Promoted Classics from the Swedish Film Institute

Flight of the Eagle and The Norrtull Gang have both been digitally restored by The Swedish Film Institute. Under the Promoted Classics label we now feature 135 titles, all digitally restored with English subtitles and available for screenings intenationally. See the full list here: Promoted Classics