IU CINEMA: "The Simple-Minded Murderer"
Stellan Skarsgård (Thor, Good Will Hunting) stars in this rarely screened coming-of-age film, set in Sweden in the late 1930s. In defense of his newly won independence, Sven (Skarsgård) takes on the town tyrant (portrayed by director Hans Alfredson). In Skarsgård’s own words: “… the very point of the film is to get the audience to like (Sven) for his goodness and inner qualities and not judge him … ” What stays with you after the film is a sense of common humanity imbued in the story of one whose neighbors may label him “simple-minded” and “murderer”—and perhaps he is neither. In Swedish and Scanian with English subtitles. Programmed by IU Cinema Technical Director Barbara Grassia. (35mm Presentation)