UKJFF: Simon & the Oaks + Q&A
Please note that there will be no adverts or trailers prior to screening(s) of this programme. The programme will start at the time listed.2hr 56min.
In partnership with London Jewish Cultural Centre
Simon and the Oaks (12A) UK Premiere
2hrs 2. Sweden, Denmark, Germany, Norway 2011. Dir. Lisa Ohlin.
In Swedish, German, English and Hebrew with English subtitles.
Adapted from the best-selling novel by Marianne Fredriksson, Simon and the Oaks is the moving story of Simon Larsson’s childhood and adolescence under the spectre of Nazi Germany.
A precocious, introspective child growing up in occupied Sweden, Simon lives through the war in a dichotomized household, torn between the ingenuous wishes of his luddite parents, his studies and fascination with the perennial oak tree in his back garden. In the aftermath of the war, Simon uncovers a significant family secret which throws the experiences of his life into a new reality. He then embarks on a life-changing journey
to try to put together the various pieces of this earth shattering legacy.
Lisa Ohlin’s film has received a record of 13 nominations and two awards at Sweden’s Guldbagge Awards.
Followed by Q&A with director Lisa Ohlin.
+ The Fig Tree (12A)
14 mins. Spain 2010. Dir. Alejo Moreno.
In Judeo-Spanish, Spanish, Arabic with English subtitles.
A strange old lady hides an enchanted tree laden with golden fruit in her orchard. In her dreams, a little girl follows her and tries to find the tree.