Ai Weiwei’s Sculptures Inaugurates the 2014 Stockholm Film Festival

On November 4th, Stockholm Film Festival celebrated its 25th anniversary.  As a part of the celebration and this years’ Spotlight theme – HOPE,  Chinese contemporary artist Ai Weiwei had a special design made for two ice sculptures that were uncovered during the inauguration ceremony. Due to him not being allowed to leave China, the art project was made possible with the cooperation of ICEHOTEL in Jukkasjärvi who sculpted his design on ice.

Uma Thurman was supposed to be at Norrmalmstorg in Stockholm to present the sculptures but her visit to Sweden was unfortunately delayed, instead Festival Director Git Scheynius had to step in.

Yesterday, on November 5,  Stockholm International Film Festival screened its first film called Gentlemen, and it all ends with the film Waste Land on November 16. During 12 days, the festival will be screening 180 films from more than 50 countries as well as arranging Face2Face, parties, Work In Progress and seminars.

Mike Leigh

Director Mike Leigh
Photo: Stockholm Film Festival

 

Stockholm Film Festival 2014 has a great diversity of films and guests, including the British Director Mike Leigh, who will present his latest film Mr. Turner. Leigh will also be receiving this years Bronze Horse as the Stockholm Lifetime Achievement Award with the justification:

“[…] Mike Leigh is a true cinematic humanist, an exceptional director of actors and a master of improvisational film making.”

This years Stockholm Achievement Award, and a prestigious Bronze Horse goes to Uma Thurman, with the justification:

[…] Uma Thurman has displayed an ability to portray and project the perfect and fantastical, while giving glimpses of the humanity that lies within.”

American Director Peter Sattler will also visit the festival as his new, emotional yet agressive film Camp X-Ray starring Kristen Stewart, will be shown. The film portrays a young woman who goes to work as a guard at the US infamous Camp X-Ray.

Kristen Stewart

Kristen Stewart, Camp X-Ray
Photo: Stockholm Film Festival

The Bronze Horse will also be given to  Best Film as well as the Stockholm Visionary Award, this year going to director Roy Andersson.

With the festival celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, the magic around the cinemas in Stockholm is almost palpable. With winter ahead, and the weather getting colder, the one thing on people’s agendas is to get their own festival pass in order to enjoy the festivities and screenings for 2014’s Stockholm Film Festival.