Cleveland International Film Festival } March 25 – April 5, 2020 } Tower City Cinemas

A HILL ON THE DARK SIDE OF THE MOON
(Berget Pa Manens Baksida)

 

Year: 1983
Country: Sweden
Run Time: 101 minutes

Lennert Hjulstrom was born in 1938 and began his theatrical in 1961 at the Municipal Theatre in Gothenburg, Sweden. He directed a number of important productions at the Municipal and has been the head of the People's Theater in Gothenburg since 1976. In addition to his stage work, Hjulstrom is known for directing and acting in numerous dramas for TV. A HILL ON THE DARK SIDE OF THE MOON is his feature film debut. Based on a true story, the film takes place in the 1880s, when the world's first woman professor of mathematics, Sonya Kovalesvsky (Gunilla Nyroos), left Russia to teach at Stockholm University. Attracted by the rather plain mathematician's intellect and emancipation, Maxim (Thommy Berggren, of "Elvira Madigan") becomes her lover. Maxim is also a Russian emigre, a free thinking radical who is "a friend of Marx, Engels and Darwin." By coincidence, the unrelated lovers share the same last name. With all that they have in common, the couple's views on love are vastly different. Sonya's "amour fou" demands a total commitment from Maxim, while he wants the freedom to have a marriage and mistresses too. Neither the love of Sonya's young child nor her liberated novelist, best friend (Bibi Anderson) can counteract the heartbreak leading to her destruction.



"A poetic and haunting romance, one that explores human isolation and folly with stark, elementary insight. . .3 1/2 star rating." -Chicago Tribune



"Characters are clevely drawn and brilliantly fleshed out . . .an unusually sensitive film." -Variety

Screenplay
Agneta Pleijel

Producer
Bert Sundberg

Cinematography
Sten Holmberg, Rolf Lindstrom

Editing
Lasse Lundberg

Principal Cast
Gunilla Nyroos, Thommy Berggren, Lina Pleijel, Bibi Anderson

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