'SIMON AND THE OAKS'Sweden, 2011.
Awards and festivals:
2012. – Guldbagge Awards – Guldbagge for Best Supporting Actor and Best Supporting Actress
2012. – Palm Springs International Film Festival – Audience Award for Best Narrative Feature, 2nd place
2011. – Filmfest, Hamburg – Montblanc Script Award
An epic drama spanning the years 1939 to 1952, this is the gripping story of Simon, who grows up in a loving working-class family on the outskirts of Gothenburg but always feels out of place. Intellectually gifted, he stubbornly persists in acquiring an education normally reserved for young men of the professional classes. He finally convinces his father to send him to an upper-class grammar school, where he meets Isak, the son of a wealthy Jewish bookseller who has fled Nazi persecution in Germany. Simon is dazzled by the books, art and music he encounters in the home of Isak's father Ruben, which makes Simon long to know more about his own family background. The film is based on the Swedish bestseller of the same name, written by Marianne Fredriksson.