The Stockholm Film Festival 2023 opened with a bang as the Nordic premiere of the critically acclaimed film ‘Poor Things’ took centre stage at the Skandia Cinema. The evening was a perfect blend of glamour, and entertainment, setting the tone for what promises to be an unforgettable festival.
The excitement kicked off as the doors opened for the press at 4:30 PM, and the red carpet photographers eagerly positioned themselves for the arrival of the stars. The first guests made their grand entrance at 5 PM, and the camera lights began to flash, capturing the essence of the event. Among the many well-known figures from the industry, one could spot the ever-fashionable Swedish Minister of Culture, Parisa Liljestrand.
By 5 PM, the foyer was abuzz with elegance, cheerfulness, and beautiful people, sipping pre-screening drinks generously sponsored by Peroni and Famous Grouse, the official sponsors of the film festival.
Guests were then politely ushered into the cinema, taking their seats for the main event. Git Scheynius, the festival’s director, extended a warm welcome to the audience from the stage at the iconic Skandia Biografen. She shared the festival’s vision and highlighted the importance of preserving this cherished venue. After all, it’s a place where we all hope to meet again next year.
The Minister of Culture graced the stage to officially inaugurate the festival. Cutting a film tape held by two rising Swedish stars, Bianca Delbravo and Jonay Pineda Skallak, she set the stage for the cinematic extravaganza.
The film started a few minutes past 6 PM and held the audience spellbound from the first scene to the closing credits. ‘Poor Things’, directed by Yorgos Lanthimos, proved to be everything it promised – captivating, motivating, and, above all, funny. Emma Stone‘s performance took the film to the next level, marking a defining moment in her career.
After this entertaining and bizarre yet uplifting experience, the audience returned to the lounge area to mingle, network, and revel in the joy of the evening. The live music by British artist Joshua Idehen added an extra layer of charm to the festivities.
From filmmaker Yorgos Lanthimos and producer Emma Stone comes the incredible tale of Bella Baxter, played by Stone, a young woman brought back to life by the brilliant and unorthodox scientist Dr. Godwin Baxter, portrayed by Willem Dafoe. Under Baxter’s protection, Bella embarks on a journey of self-discovery and enlightenment, running off with Duncan Wedderburn (Mark Ruffalo), a slick and debauched lawyer, on a whirlwind adventure across the continents. Free from the prejudices of her times, Bella grows steadfast in her purpose to stand for equality and liberation.
Rating: R (Graphic Nudity|Gore|Disturbing Material|Language|Strong Sexual Content)
Genre: Sci-fi, Romance
Original Language: English
Director: Yorgos Lanthimos
Producer: Yorgos Lanthimos, Emma Stone, Ed Guiney, Andrew Lowe
Writer: Tony McNamara
Runtime: 2h 21m
Stay Tuned for More:
The festival promises more exciting screenings, reviews, and interviews with the talented filmmakers. Keep an eye out for updates, and make sure not to miss the cinematic gems featured at this year’s Stockholm Film Festival.
For more film recommendations, check out: Unmissable Films at Stockholm Film Festival 2023.
- Skandia: 10/11
- Klarabiografen: 12/11
- Skandia: 18/11