After screening a wide variety of works throughout the season, Indie Films Fernie (IFF) is finishing off with arguably the most different film.
“We’ve had a good season, we’ve had good attendance,” said Chris Stockey, with IFF. “We had a very strong start with Maudie.”
The season has seen Canadian films, like Maudie, a documentary, and a comedy.
A Man Called Ove is the festival’s foreign film, which is a Swedish film, nominated for an Oscar.
The story follows a man at a low point in his life. Ove has just lost his wife, and has been ousted from his position as the chairman of the local residents’ association.
Ove is suicidal; but each time he tries to end his life he is interrupted.
The film explores his journey from darkness, as he befriends a lady named Parvaneh, her husband and child.
“A little bit of a black comedy,” said Stockey, describing the show.
She says that while the film in in Swedish with English subtitles, viewers easily forget that they are reading the words, as they become drawn into the film.
“It’s the definition of a foreign film,” she said. “It’s just a different perspective on film making.”
She says that foreign films are a cultural experience in themselves, that show a different view on life and people.
“It’s like traveling to a foreign country,” said Stockey.
A Man Called Ove is showing at the Vogue Theatre on Dec. 3 at 5:00 p.m.