Nordic Film Series at FAHC to feature Swedish Drama, “Simon and the Oaks”

The Nordic Film Series at Finlandia University’s Finnish American Heritage Center continues this month with the 2012 Swedish drama “Simon and the Oaks.” The film will be shown at 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 13.

Spanning the years 1939 to 1952, this is the gripping story of Simon, who grows up in a loving working class family on the outskirts of Gothenburg but always feels out of place. He finally convinces his father to send him to an upper-class grammar school, where he meets Isak, the son of a wealthy Jewish bookseller who has fled Nazi persecution in Germany. Simon is dazzled by the books, art and music he encounters in the home of Isak’s father. Isak, on the other hand, draws comfort from learning to do something with his hands, helping Simon’s dad make boats. When Isak faces trouble at home, he is taken in by Simon’s family and the two households slowly merge, connecting in unexpected ways as war rages all over Europe.

Based on the best-selling novel of the same name, “Simon and the Oaks” received 13 nominations for the Swedish equivalent of the Oscar awards, winning two. The film is about 2

hours and 5 minutes long, and does have a few scenes with adult situations and language.

Nordic Film Series showings are open to the public; donations are appreciated. For more information about this month’s film, call (906) 487-7347.


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