Kendra Valentine shares some highlights from the 2014 Stockholm Film Festival.
Celebrating its 25th Anniversary, the Stockholm International Film Festival kicked off with yet another incredibly well curated program surrounding all things cinema: not least of which included a roster of the world’s best films of this year.
The Stockholm Film Festival is held in November each year, providing Stockholmers a perfect relief against the dwindling presence of sunlight and the crisp cold of the coming winter.
The festival commenced in grand style with the unveiling of ice sculptures designed by world-renowned subversive Chinese artist Ai Weiwei, whom once again was prevented from attending the festival by Chinese authorities. This gesture appropriately reflected the theme of this year’s festival: Hope.
It seems that the theme of ‘hope’ found itself pleasantly alluded to in this year’s choice for Best Film as well with the film “Girlhood” by Céline Sciamma. The film follows the transformation of a young black Parisian woman whom propels herself through seemingly dead ends with determination.
Although the film program has so much to offer in itself, one should not forget about the enriching events and seminars that also surround the festival.
For example, ‘Filmstaden’ located in the historic former film studio complex in Solna, hosted a storytelling lecture by film writer and historian Mikaela Kindbloom on the late Lauren Bacall; and Mark Cousins, the filmmaker known for his documentary series “The Story of Film” held a special seminar entitled “The Amazing Mark Cousins Film Show” in which he guided participants through the history of the Stockholm Film Festival in true storyteller style.
These and many other events comprised the festival and gave participants a wealth of insightful entertainment.
Next year’s festival is already on the agenda.