The Anchorage

Oct 22 - Oct 28, 2010

(Anders Edström & CW Winter, USA/Sweden, 2009, 35mm, 87 min)

Seattle Premiere
Director CW Winter in attendance Friday-Sunday
Q&A hosted by film critic Jay Kuehner on Saturday

"What the modern movie lacks is the beauty of the wind moving through the trees." — D.W. Griffith
Winner of the Filmmakers of the Present Award at the Locarno Film Festival, The Anchorage begins with an elderly woman about to take an early morning swim in the cold waters off the Stockholm Islands, where she lives alone except for the occasional visit from her daughter. But the sudden appearance of a deer hunter disturbs her peaceful and quiet life. 
The film is a beautiful portrayal of the mystical landscapes where nature and mankind compose a perfect harmony. In the words of its authors, “is made as a surrendering to grace—as a set of distinctions between realism and actuality. It's a film about the passage of time, both in life and in movies themselves."

"Following [main character Ulla] through her daily routines, we think at first how empty her life is.  Then, as we learn to see what she sees and hear what she hears, it becomes apparent that she is living a life much fuller than those in more noisy and crowded circumstances. By the end, we are so enraptured by the slightest detail that the revelation of a facet of her dress  that signals the changing of the seasons relieves a certain tension we didn’t even realize was gripping us." —Seattle Post Globe

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