The Marais Culture + programme focuses on the theme « Sur le fil », which means « on the razor’s edge » but can also mean « on the tightrope ». The Institut Suédois takes part with an open-air screening of Elvira Madigan by Bo Widerberg, which deals with both the literal and figurative meanings of the expression.

A leading figure in Swedish cinema, Bo Widerberg, an admirer of the Nouvelle Vague, made realistic films firmly anchored in society and peopled with anti-heros. With this film made in 1967, which has become a classic in Sweden, he tells the true story of the tightrope walker Elvira Madigan, played by Pia Degermark who received the Best Actress Award at the Cannes Festival for the role.
In 1889, a lieutenant in the Swedish army of noble birth, Sixten Sparre, deserted and fled abroad with the famous Danish tightrope walker. They were madly in love. They abandoned their respective duties and found refuge in the countryside. But hostility to their illicit liaison and the precariousness of their lives become difficult to bear…

Length: 1 hr 35 mins, drama, in Swedish with French subtitles.
Admission free while space lasts.
Gates open at 20:30 (garden gates at 10, rue Elzévir).
In case of rain, the screening will be cancelled.
Part of the Traversées du Marais Festival #TraverseesMarais

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