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“Midsummer” (2019)

Directed by Ari Aster

Young Dani travels with his boyfriend and his friends to a closed society in Sweden, which throws down old people from the family stupor and secures the bloodline with incest. When Dani is crowned the sect’s “May Queen”, it means anything but sweet love dreams with flowers under the pillow.

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Anita Björk as Miss Julie, in the award-winning film version directed by Alf Sjöberg in 1951. Press photo.

“Miss Julie” (1951)

Director: Alf Sjöberg

Alf Sjöberg’s version of Strindberg’s timeless drama “Miss Julie” takes place on an estate on Midsummer’s Eve in the late 19th century. The upper-class girl Julie has just broken off her engagement and is attracted to her bitter dad’s servant. The drama about impossible love across class boundaries gave director Sjöberg his second Grand Prix win (the forerunner of the Palme d’Or) in Cannes.

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“The flowering time is coming” gives midsummer a dark twist when Sweden is invaded. Press image.

“The heyday is coming” (2018)

Directed by Victor Danell

Herring and nubbe have to wait in this grassroots-financed Swedish disaster film, when Sweden is invaded by an anonymous enemy. The holiday feeling is sabotaged when Slussen’s subway is blown up and the telephone networks are switched off. Dark photographed despite the fact that it takes place around the brightest period of the year, but as everyone knows, it usually rains in midsummer.

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Director and actor Mai Zetterling (1925–1994) at the film camera in connection with the filming of “Loving Couples” 1964. Archive photography.

“Loving Couple” (1964)

Director: Mai Zetterling

The Swedish upper class’s depraved midsummer celebration is a real part of Mai Zetterling’s personal and controversial adaptation of Agnes von Krusenstjerna’s novel. The film is based on three women who ended up on BB after the outbreak of the First World War in 1914 and remembers sexual extravagances from their very different lives.

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Eva Dahlbeck and Gunnar Björnstrand in Ingmar Bergman’s “Summer Night’s Smile” (1955). Press image.

“Summer Night’s Smile” (1955)

Directed by: Ingmar Bergman

The Swedish demon director’s sex comedy about unfaithful couples during the turn of the last century has been deeply associated with Midsummer’s Eve. Not least since Woody Allen borrowed several of the film’s ingredients for his “A Midsummer Night’s Sex Comedy”.

According to Bergman himself, he recorded it during the darkest periods of his life, but in the interview book “Bergman om Bergman” the director reasoned “I needed money so I thought it was probably wisest to make a comedy”.

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