December 5, 2013
Kierkegaard Festival: through a film darkly
The bicentennial of the Danish philosopher’s birth brings a film fest to BAAs part of the global celebrations of the bicentennial of Søren Kierkegaard’s birth, the Danish Embassy is hosting an eponymous film festival, to be held October 15-17 at the Village Recoleta multiplex.
The festival, curated by scripwriter-director Guido Kaldwill, features three Scandinavian masterpieces centring on or somehow discussing the themes present in Kierkegaard’s most relevant works.
The programme includes Roy Anderson’s En kärlekshistoria (A Swedish Love Story, 1970); Carl Theodore Dreyer’s Ordet (The Word, 1955); and Ingmar Bergman’s Smultronstället (Wild Strawberries, 1957).
Funded with the support of the Danish Culture Ministry, the Søren Kierkegaard Council 2013, Copenhagen’s Golden Days Festival, the Fundación Cinemateca Argentina and the Danish Film Board, proceeds of the Kierkegaard Film Festival will be earmarked for the creation of a Kierkegaard section for children and youth at the Martín del Barco Centenera Library in BA.
“While developing a feature on Søren Kierkegaard, I thought one of the best ways to celebrate his bicentennial would be a festival highlighting his relevance today,” says curator Guido Kalwdwill.
The idea sounds perfect, bearing in mind Kierkegaard’s direct and indirect influence on a vast proportion of modern cinema, from Dreyer and Bergman and, through Existentialism, to the “Nuevo Cine Argentino” (in its first incarnation, in the 1960s, led by non-conformist youths). In more than one way, a connection can be easily made, for example, between Bergman’s ascetic ideas and some of the first “Nuevo Cine Argentino” directors, such as Rodolfo Kuhn, who made Los jóvenes viejos (1962), the emblematic piece of this movement.
“The movies in this series reflect Kierkegaard’s existential dilemmas from a contemporary standpoint, whether in their themes or explicit references,” Kaldwill enthuses. “These movies explore these issues through Greek philosophy and mythology, Nordic, Viking and pagan traditions, the Old and the New Testament, and universal art and literature,” Kaldwill continues.
“They are concerned with aesthetic and ethical issues, decisions, anguish, love, faith and finding your true self, among other points. In this regard, we would have loved to include other movies which reflect upon these ideas, such as Woody Allen’s Manhattan or Annie Hall, but the festival’s limited duration prevented us from doing so,” Kaldwill says.
“Following the structure of Kierkegaard’s seminal Enter-Eller (Either/Or), part narrative, part philosophical reflection by a fictional alter ego, we can clearly discern three voices debating the cycle of life: youth, adolescence and old age. The movies in the Kierkegaard Festival follow this pattern.”
Where & When
Søren Kierkegaard Film Festival. October 15-17 at 8.30pm at Village Recoleta multiplex, Vicente López 2050. 0810-0810-CINE (2463). www.villagecines.com. Tickets $60.