LYUBOV – Love in Russian
“With the world premiere of Staffan Julén’s film on love, in a Minsk-inspired cinema, Liljevalchs writes a new, thrilling chapter in its 100-year history. The project is, in positive terms, unusual and unexpected. Set design, film and seminars – all in honour of Svetlana Alexievich,” Mårten Castenfors, Director, Liljevalchs, explains.
The first screenings of LYUBOV – Love in Russian, a film by Staffan Julén and Nobel Prize winner Svetlana Alexievich, will take place on Saturday, 11 November. The joint film project, which took more than three years to complete, is an independent interpretation of the Belarusian author’s forthcoming book on love, based on hundreds of interviews.
Although focused on love, the film also contains epic stories about the Russian people; love that survives repression and persecution, well-educated young women who cannot find men worthy of them and love crushed by wars and disasters.
The film will be screened daily in a specially designed cinema inspired by the October cinema in Minsk, with set designs by Ulla Kassius and Moa Möller.
The film screenings will be accompanied by an extensive seminar programme, exploring issues such as the concept of truth in the era of post-truth; the conditions for free speech in contemporary Belarus and Russia, how to reconcile artistic subjectivity with the documentary and how we talk about love.
Seminar participants include the poet, researcher and essayist Olga Sedakova from Moscow and the dramatist and cultural academic Yuliya Cherniavskaya from Minsk, both of whom appear in Svetlana’s books, the translator Kajsa Öberg Lindsten and the Danish writer Carsten Jensen.
The exhibition catalogue, a special edition of the journal Ord & Bild, garners texts, images and provides access to Staffan Julén’s documentary on Svetlana Alexievich, Den värsta lögnen är den dokumentära [The worst lie is the documentary], which was shown on SVT (The Swedish National Public Television Broadcaster), in the autumn 2016.
The exhibition runs from 12 November till 10 December. Open Tuesday–Thursday 12 am–8 pm, Friday–Sunday 11am–5 pm. Admission free, tickets for the film SEK 70.