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18.03, - 18:30, Lumiere
Director:  Bjorn Runge
Cinematography:  Ulf Brantas
Screenplay:  Bjorn Runge
Producer:  Clas Gunnarsson
Music:  Ulf Dageby
Cast:  Pernilla August , Jakob Eklund , Marie Richardsson , Leif Andree , Peter Andersson , Ann Petren , Ingvar Hirdwall
Production:  Auto Images
International distribution:  Trust Film Sales
European Screen
Agnes and His Brothers
Feathers in My Head
Honey Baby
Look at Me
My Summer of Love
No Rest for the Brave
Old Women
Our Own
Sophie Scholl Hope and Resistance
The Arm of Jesus
The Gift
The Ninth Day
Up and Down

Sweden, 2003, 115 min, color
Awards:  Berlin 2004 - "Silver Bear" - for Artistic Achievement to the Ensemble Cast and the Blue Angel Award, 4 Guldbagge Awards '04 for Best Director, Best Actress to Ann Petren, Best Supporting Actor to Ingvar Hirdwall and Best Screenplay

Three stories of characters at critical points in their lives, over one day and one long dark night of the soul. Surgeon Rickard had hoped to be moving to a new job with his family, but an early morning call leads his wife Agnes to question his suitability as a husband and father. Anita hasnt seen her ex-husband Olof since he left her for a new model 25 years his junior. Anitas bitterness has been consuming her for some time, and tonight may be the night for her fierce and chilling reckoning. Bricklayer Anders, on the other hand, cant do enough for his family, practically working around the clock to pay for the things he thinks they want. They just wish they could see a little more of him.

Director-writer Runges powerful direction and keenly observed script compellingly balance and develop these parallel narratives, which in lesser hands could have become disjointed and jarring. Excellent performances from a knockout cast further add to the real sense of emotional turmoil and searching throughout. These characters may have a hard journey ahead of them, but each may also find that daybreak brings a chance at redemption, forgiveness and a new start.
Sarah Lutton

Swedish director Bjorn Runge was born in 1961. He received his film degree from Stockholms Dramatiska Institutet (1989). Prior to graduating, however, he had already built up experience shooting commercials and short TV movies.
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