Subscribe      List an Event or Business      Invite a Writer      Write for WN      Writers      Other Locations
list an event      1 million Australian readers every month      facebook

X&Y - Film Review @ Scandinavian Film Festival 2019

Home > Adelaide > Cinema | Community Events | Cultural Events | Film Reviews | Fun Things To Do
by Jen (subscribe)
For a ready list of fun things to do or revisit, SAVE the article to your TO DO LIST. Please 'CLICK LIKE' if you enjoyed what you read. The more 'likes' it has, the more exposure the event receives.
Event: -
A provocative piece of contemporary filmmaking
X & Y film review, jakob beckman, jan abramson, jens albinus, anders axelsson, josephine bauer, max claesson, trine dyrhom, peter engman, peter kanerva, thure lindhardt, sofie grabol, per ragnar, shanti roney, emmeli stjarnfeldt, anna odell, mikael persbrandt, trine dyrholm, volvo scandinavian film festival 2019, community event, fun things to do, cultural event, film festival, foreign films, sub titled films, palace cinemas, happy ending cinema highlights, a white white day centrepiece, one last deal special presentation, out stealing horses special presentation, department q, nordic noir spotlight, nordic noir spotlight millennium trilogy, movies, cinema, date night, night life, happyh ending, a white white day, one last deal, out stealing horses, the purity of vengeance, the keeper of lost causes, the absent one, a conspiracy of faith, the girl with the dragon tattoo, the girl who played with fire, the girl who kicked the hornets nest, stieg larsson the man who played with fire, happy ending, sons of denma
Image - Scandinavian Film Fest 2019

The Scandinavian Film Festival screens at Palace Cinemas for 2019 as follows: SYD 9 - 31 JULY; CAN 10 - 31 JULY; MEL 11 - 31 JULY; ADE 16 JULY - 7 AUG; PER 17 JULY - 7 AUG; BYR 17 - 31 JULY; BRIS 18 JULY - 7 AUG; HOB 25 - 31 JUL. For the full exciting program you can check the website and also download the online program. The Facebook page is a good way to stay updated and keep up with the conversation.

X & Y film review, jakob beckman, jan abramson, jens albinus, anders axelsson, josephine bauer, max claesson, trine dyrhom, peter engman, peter kanerva, thure lindhardt, sofie grabol, per ragnar, shanti roney, emmeli stjarnfeldt, anna odell, mikael persbrandt, trine dyrholm, volvo scandinavian film festival 2019, community event, fun things to do, cultural event, film festival, foreign films, sub titled films, palace cinemas, happy ending cinema highlights, a white white day centrepiece, one last deal special presentation, out stealing horses special presentation, department q, nordic noir spotlight, nordic noir spotlight millennium trilogy, movies, cinema, date night, night life, happyh ending, a white white day, one last deal, out stealing horses, the purity of vengeance, the keeper of lost causes, the absent one, a conspiracy of faith, the girl with the dragon tattoo, the girl who played with fire, the girl who kicked the hornets nest, stieg larsson the man who played with fire, happy ending, sons of denmark, that time of year, aurora, the violen player, let me fall, out stealing horses, sonja the white swan, aniara, x&y, swoon
Images Avenyfamiljen, Fasad Production, B-Reel Films, Nimbus Film Productions, Sveriges Television

X&Y is not always easy to grasp as life imitates art, and art imitates life. It's an arthouse film that makes you jump through hoops keeping up with the personalities within the personalities. A star-studded cast comes together to play the alter-egos of the main characters that are actor and director Anna Odell and actor Mikhael Persbrandt in this provocative, exploratory film from the controversial artist and filmmaker Anna.

The concept is that every person has three identities; the self, the one we would like to be and the way we are seen. Much like there are three sides to every story; your side, my side and the truth. It's also a stimulating exploration of hidden female/male identities brought forward for examination by a stellar cast hailing from Sweden and Denmark.


In a test-environment setup, three actors each play the alter-ego of Anna and Mikael. You get to be the fly on the wall, spying into people's lives. It is also an investigation into the alpha male and why society is so forgiving towards the bad boy and welcomes them back like the prodigal son.

In an interview with Big Screen Talk Anna says it was like a real-life experiment. Everyone had to stay in character at all times. Upon instruction from Anna, it was confronting for Mikael to meet with one of the actors who had been instructed to act exactly like him. How would it be, if you met yourself? Actors were on an exploration of feelings and reactions, not knowing if what was fed to them was the truth or not.


The film meanders through the different reactions and feelings of lust, sex, jealousy, dominance, obsession and more via the alter-egos played by both sexes for each character. It's a way of showing emotions are also not gender specific. This is the sort of contemporary film where you may walk out of there contemplating what you've just witnessed, or you may think it's 112 minutes of your life you'll never get back. No matter, this stellar cast will keep things interesting by the sheer power of their talent. Anna Odell holds her own amongst the professionals.

Quoting the aforementioned interview, Anna as always uses her experiences to explore what she's interested in. An artist not from a film making background she challenges ideas and investigates to find something that's real. She sees other people's ideas on how they see you, as an added layer to whom you appear to be. At art school, her Unknown Woman staged a part of her own life and mental illness. She claims it was not so much about mental illness as it was challenging the power structures of the medical world in Sweden.

Her film Reunion also challenged the power structure of bullying in high school. Again she says it's not about her history of being bullied, but exploring how other people see it from the outside. X&Y again deals with the power structure, this time, of man. It's obvious Odell has not lost her talent to be controversial or to excite.

Help us improve  Click here if you liked this article  19
Share: email  facebook  twitter
Why? 2019 Volvo Scandinavian Film Festival
When: 2019: SYD 9 - 31 JULY; CAN 10 - 31 JULY; MEL 11 - 31 JULY; ADE 16 JULY - 7 AUG; PER 17 JULY - 7 AUG; BYR 17 - 31 JULY; BRIS 18 JULY - 7 AUG; HOB 25 - 31 JUL
Where: Australia - SYD, CAN, MEL, ADE, PER, BYR, BRIS & HOB
Your Comment
Featured
Foodi Photoh Classie
Top Events
Popular Articles
Categories
Lists
Questions