Staff Picks: THE SIMPLEMINDED MURDERER (35mm)

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For our January Staff Pick, Stev brings back Stellan Skarsgard’s first starring role, the 1982 Swedish drama THE SIMPLEMINDED MURDERER, from an original Roxie Releasing print in 35mm!

Beloved by critics and viewers alike upon its release, but largely unseen in America for decades, the film found a staunch defender in director Ingmar Bergman, who called it “a powerful fairy-tale,” and that “[Director] Hasse Alfredssons resources seems unlimited and my admiration for his creativity and the wealth of his ideas are absolute.”

In the 1930s, the feeble-minded Sven’s mother dies and he is hired as a farm-hand at the rich, affluent Höglund’s farm. He has to work without pay and sleeps together with the cows. He meets the disabled Anna who is the first one to treat him as an adult. One day he has had enough of Höglund’s maltreatment and moves in with Anna’s family, breaking with his tyrannical master.

108m/Swedish with English Subtitles/35mm

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