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Simon och ekarna (Simon and the Oaks)
dir. Lisa Ohlin
Sweden, 2011, 121 minutes
Swedish, with English sub-titles

Bright Nights: The 3rd Baltic-Nordic Film Festival
Auditorium, 395 Wellington St., Friday, February 8, 2013, 7:00 pm
An epic drama spanning the years 1939 to 1952, this is the gripping story of Simon, who grows up in a loving working class family on the outskirts of Gothenburg but always feels out of place. He finally convinces his father to send him to an upper-class grammar school, where he meets Isak, the son of a wealthy Jewish bookseller who has fled Nazi persecution. Simon is dazzled by the books, art and music he encounters in the home of Isak's father Ruben, which makes Simon long to know more about his own family background. Isak, on the other hand, draws comfort from learning to do something with his hands, helping Simon's father to build boats. When Isak faces trouble at home, he is taken in by Simon's family and the two households slowly merge, their destinies connecting in unexpected ways as war rages all over Europe.  Based on the bestselling novel by Marianne Fredriksson.