Den allvarsamma leken/ A Serious Game, FIFFP 2018 selection

Den allvarsamma leken/ A Serious Game,

Sweden, 2016, drama, 115′, Swedish with English subtitles

The movie is an adaptation of Hjalmar Söderberg’s novel “Den allvarsamma leken” from 1912.

Once Lydia was the innocent girl – a daughter of a painter – that young journalist Arvid fell in love with out in the archipelago. Or did he? Did he fall in love with the idea of what love is supposed to be? In its clearest, most untainted form. The beauty of love, the match made in heaven, the love at first sight. Arvid feels that he wants to make an importance in the world and make a clear break from his social background. His ambition stands in the way of marriage and the love slips away. A decade has past since they first set eyes on each other. Now both are married. Yet not with each other. They meet again and end up having an affair. An affair that forces the couple to reflect upon the time passed, how different they both have become and how far away from each other they actually are. The consequences of their affair are unforeseeable.

Director: Pernilla August

Scenario manusförattare: Lone Scherfig

Production: B-Reel

Cast: Michael Nyqvist, Sverrir Gudnason, Karin Franz Körlof, Mikkel Boe Folsgaard