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Gripping narratives


``The Glass Blower's Children''... tale of kidnap.

SWEDISH FILMS are not only interesting but also draw sizeable crowds.

If past record is any indication, the films of Sweden sustain the viewer's interest with the gripping way of storytelling.

The Madras Film Society, jointly with the Swedish Embassy New Delhi and the Federation of Film Societies of India (Northern Region), organised the festival. Ms. Stina Vasu, Hony. Consul of Sweden in Chennai inaugurated the festival.

Film producer G. Venkateswaran presided and the secretary of the society Mahadevan proposed a vote of thanks.

The inaugural film was ``Adult Behaviour'' in which the director Felix Hengren himself has acted.

The film is a comedy which has Frank who is always fantasising about the opposite sex. He is a married man whose beautiful wife is Nenne.

He meets Sofia in an art gallery and falls in love with her. Karin Bjurstrom and Cecilia Ljung play the two women.

``Waiting for the Tenor,'' directed by Lisa Ohlin, is about friendship. Thomas is an author and one day he meets his childhood friend Hoffman. They both decide to do a film in which Hoffman will be the hero.

But when Thomas is unable to answer some questions regarding his screenplay of the film, problems arise and their friendship is in jeopardy.

The lead artistes are Johan Harrison Kjellgren, Krister Henriksson and Lena Berikason.

Director Anders Gronos's film, ``The Glass Blower's Children'' deals with kidnap and rescue. Albert is a glassblower. He does all kinds of glass bowls in beautiful colours and shapes.

Klas and Klara are his children. One day a young man comes to Albert and buys all his vases. And the children are abducted. The film is based on the novel written by Maria Gripe.

Directed by Richard Hobert, ``The Birthday,'' is about pop singer Mikael Person who invites all his friends to his birthday party. His lady love Catti secretly decides to leave them. But the singer wants to propose to her in the middle of the party and intends to marry her then and there.

The film is a comedy with some moving moments. The cast comprises Camille Lundin, Goran Stangertz and Pernilla August.

S. R. ASHOK KUMAR.

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