A Serious Game


The Main 1 Sat, Apr 15, 2017 4:40 PM
The Main 1 Thu, Apr 20, 2017 1:45 PM
Marcus Rochester Cinema Sat, Apr 22, 2017 4:45 PM
Marcus Rochester Cinema Thu, Apr 27, 2017 12:30 PM
The Main 5 Tue, May 2, 2017 9:20 PM
Ticket Prices
General Public:$13.00
$6 Earlybird
Youth (25 & Under/Box Office Only):$8.00
Film Info
Original Title:Den allvarsamma leken
Premiere Status:Minnesota Premiere
Festival Programs:Midnight Sun
Women and Film
Tags:Women Directors
Historical Drama
Best of Fest
Release Year:2016
Runtime:115 min
Festivals & Awards:Best Costume & Best Actor in a Supporting Role - The Guldbagge Award
Print Source:Swedish Film Institute
Director:Pernilla August
Producer:Frida Bargo
Patrik Andersson
Fredrik Heinig
Cinematographer:Erik Mollberg Hansen
Screenwriter:Lone Scherfig
Editor:Åsa Mossberg
Composer:Matti Bye
Principal Cast:Sverrir Gudnason
Karin Franz Körlof
Liv Mjönes
Filmography:Beyond ('10)


An achingly sensual story of love and adultery set in the early years of the 20th century, A Serious Game is an adaptation of a classic novel by Hjalmar Söderberg that centers on the passionate affair between the painter Lydia Stille and the journalist Arvid Stjärnblom. It begins when they are young and penniless, but after Arvild delays asking for her hand the impetuous Lydia vanishes. Nevertheless, when they meet again a decade later, their connection sparks once more, wreaking havoc on their respective marriages, children, and position in the strait-laced society of the time. Both Lydia and Arvid dream of a pure, great and untainted love, yet such a love demands a greater sacrifice than they could ever imagine.

This evocative film deals with the choices they have, the choices they do not have, the consequences of the choices they make.

Director’s Biography

Pernilla August: Pernilla August is one of Sweden's most acclaimed actresses. She is the only actress to have played the mother of Darth Vader, Jesus Christ and Ingmar Bergman! Her credits as a director include the short Time-Bomb ('05), Beyond ('10) and four episodes of the television series The Legacy.

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