Short Films and Commercials
Friday, September 18, 2009, 4:00 p.m.
Theater 2 (The Roy and Niuta Titus Theater 2), T2
Includes the following films:
A Program of Selected Commercials
Sweden. Directed by Roy Andersson. In Swedish; English subtitles. 30 min.
1987. Sweden. Directed by Roy Andersson. With Klas-Gösta Olsson, Anne Tubin, Lennart Björklund. Commissioned by the Swedish National Board of Health and Welfare as an educational film on AIDS for Swedish schools, Something Happened was rejected for being too dark for the Board’s tastes. First and foremost a biting critique of Western society’s response to the disease—largely focusing on fruitless efforts to place blame on someone, somewhere—the film is also surprisingly funny, as Andersson finds unexpected humor in the paralyzing apathy that follows crises. In Swedish; English subtitles. 24 min.
World of Glory
1991. Sweden. Directed by Roy Andersson. With Klas-Gösta Olsson, Lennart Björklund, Christer Christensen. The opening scene of World of Glory is hard to forget, as Andersson reconstructs a brutal forerunner of the gas chamber: vans in which gas from the motor was piped into the storage compartment. As with Something Happened, Andersson explores the tragedies of recent history, where the most inhumane of events are portrayed with the most humane of approaches. In Swedish; English subtitles. 14 min.