European Union Film Festival 2020

Britt Marie Was Here

 

In response to the ongoing realities of COVID-19, The Cinematheque, in partnership with festival presenters in Ottawa and Toronto, has moved the 2020 edition of the EUFF online! From November 13 to 29, join (virtually) for the first-ever Canada-wide European Union Film Festival, featuring 27 recent films from 27 EU member states. Each film will be “live” online for a 48-hour period; some will be supplemented with exclusive filmmaker interviews and introductions. All films will be presented in their original languages, with English (and, in some cases, French) subtitles available.

Sweden's EUFF entry, Britt-Marie Was Here (Britt-Marie var här), will be available to stream Nov 22–23. An endearing tale of one woman’s resiliency, Britt-Marie Was Here is entertaining (and convincing) proof that life can begin again at any age. Starring legendary Swedish actress Pernilla August.

Content in her tidy, spotless home and predictable life, 63-year-old Britt-Marie (played brilliantly by legendary Swedish actress Pernilla August) is a creature of habit, routine, and order. Making dinners, doing laundry, and looking after her husband — who, when not away on business, spends much of his time watching soccer on television — keeps her happy and fulfils her modest dreams. That is, until she discovers her husband is having an affair. Shattered, she decides to leave him, find a job, and start over. The only employment immediately available is as a youth leader at a recreation center in Borg, located in a remote and struggling small town. This job includes coaching a soccer team of 10-year-olds. Knowing nothing about soccer, coaching, or children, Britt-Marie steels herself and resolves to do a life makeover, and fast! An endearing tale of one woman’s resiliency, Britt-Marie Was Here is entertaining (and convincing) proof that life can begin again at any age.

Get EUFF ready! Visit euffonline.ca to browse the lineup, purchase passes, and learn how to watch.

 

Trailer:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LBGlZi_p5lQ