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EVERLASTING MOMENTS - IFC Films Press Notes

EVERLASTING MOMENTS - IFC Films Press Notes

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Published by IFC Films
EVERLASTING MOMENTS, a moving and richly nuanced tale of a
Swedish woman’s creative and emotional awakening at the turn of the
20th century, is the latest film from celebrated director and five-time
Oscar®nominee Jan Troell (THE EMIGRANTS, THE NEW LAND). The film
was a hit at the Telluride and Toronto Film Festivals and was nominated
for a Golden Globe for Best Foreign Language Film in 2009.
Based on a true story, EVERLASTING MOMENTS follows the story of
Maria (Maria Heiskanen), who is married to an alcoholic and womanizing
dockworker (Mikael Persbrandt). Her husband leaves the worries of family
responsibilities entirely to Maria. Her situation is desperate until she
meets a camera shop owner (Jesper Christensen) who encourages her
to start taking and developing photographs. She soon begins to see the
world in new ways that threaten her already perilous situation.
EVERLASTING MOMENTS, a moving and richly nuanced tale of a
Swedish woman’s creative and emotional awakening at the turn of the
20th century, is the latest film from celebrated director and five-time
Oscar®nominee Jan Troell (THE EMIGRANTS, THE NEW LAND). The film
was a hit at the Telluride and Toronto Film Festivals and was nominated
for a Golden Globe for Best Foreign Language Film in 2009.
Based on a true story, EVERLASTING MOMENTS follows the story of
Maria (Maria Heiskanen), who is married to an alcoholic and womanizing
dockworker (Mikael Persbrandt). Her husband leaves the worries of family
responsibilities entirely to Maria. Her situation is desperate until she
meets a camera shop owner (Jesper Christensen) who encourages her
to start taking and developing photographs. She soon begins to see the
world in new ways that threaten her already perilous situation.

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PRESENTS
EVERLASTING MOMENTS
A Film by Academy Award Nominated Filmmaker JAN TROELL
FILM FESTIVALS & AWARDS
 TELLURIDE FILM FESTIVAL 2008 TORONTO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2008AFI FESTIVAL 20082008 GOLDEN GLOBE AWARDS / NOMINEE – BEST FOREIGN FILMOFFICIAL SELECTION, SWEDENBEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM - ACADEMY AWARDS 2008132 MINUTES – COLOR –– SWEDISH W/ENGLISH SUBTITLES – NOT RATED1:1,85 – DOLBY SR DIGITAL
DISTRIBUTION CONTACT: DISTRIBUTION CONTACT: LA PUBLICIST:
MARK BOXER COURTNEY OTT FREDELL POGODIN/BRADLEY JONES JUSTIN DIPIETRO LAURA SOKFREDELL POGODIN & ASSOCIATESIFC FILMS IFC FILMS7223 BEVERLY BLVD., #202SALES/DISTRIBUTION PUBLICITY/MARKETINGLOS ANGELES, CA 90036 T:917.542.6333/646.273.7211 T: 646.273.7214 / 917.542.6330T: 323.931.7300maboxer@ifcfilms.com ceott@ifcfilms.comF: 323.931.7354  jdipietro@ifcfilms.com lasok@ficfilms.compr@fredellpogodin.com
For images please visit our extranet:www.ifcfilmsextranet.com(login: ifcguest01, password: kubrick; select “EVERLASTING MOMENTS” from the drop-downbar)
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SYNOPSIS
Short synopsis
Sweden in the early 1900s was a time of social change, unrest, war and poverty.Maria, a young, working-class woman, wins a camera in a lottery and herdecision to keep it changes her whole life. The camera enables Maria to see theworld through new eyes but it also becomes a threat to her nearly alcoholicwomanizer of a husband as it brings the charming photographer “Piff Paff Puff”into her life.
Long synopsis
In the early 1900s, Maria, a young working-class woman, wins a camera in alottery. Her first impulse is to sell it for grocery money but instead decides tokeep it, changing her whole life. Maria is married to Sigfrid Larsson, an unskilledlaborer, hard worker, lothario and periodic alcoholic. Already a mother, she willeventually have seven children.In an attempt to sell the camera, Maria seeks out photographer SebastianPedersen, also known as “Piff Paff Puff," who persuades Maria to try the cameraat least once before selling it. Pedersen teaches her the fine art of photographyand Maria sees the world through new eyes while “Piff Paff Puff” sees Maria asthe beautiful, talented woman she is.Maria and her family are weighed down with poverty and hard work. But in theevenings while Sigfrid sleeps off drunkenness and the children are tucked intobed-sofas and pulled-out drawers, Maria develops her pictures in the kitchen.Neighbors, potted plants, the children in the yard, the cat all become vibrant andimmortalized in her photographs. Maria’s pictures begin narrate the reality inwhich she lives. She documents poverty, change, the joys of life and theoutbreak of war, as well as a whole society undergoing transformation.Her photography and her relationship to "Piff Paff Puff" open a possible path of freedom and independence to Maria while also posing a challenge and threat toSigfrid. Still, the camera and "Piff Paff Puff" give Maria new strength and arouse
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a longing in her Sigfrid can not stop. Violent arguments threaten to split thefamily but also present opportunities for the family to grow stronger anddevelop.
EVERLASTING MOMENTS
is an account of the great and fascinating fate of awoman in the first decade of the Twentieth Century: a time on the verge of beingshaken into massive change. It is a chronicle of people with an impressivecapacity to survive through the infinite gift of invention and problem solvingwithout bitterness and the ability to enjoy everyday of life.
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