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Exclusive First Look at Poster & Clip for Swedish WWII Epic 'Simon and the Oaks'

Thompson on Hollywood By Sophia Savage | Thompson on Hollywood August 20, 2012 at 1:44PM

Check out our exclusive first look at the poster and a clip for Sweden's "Simon and the Oaks." Swedish director Lisa Ohlin's "Simon and the Oaks," based on Marianne Fredriksson's bestselling novel and recipient of thirteen nominations for Sweden's Guldbagge Awards, will hit US theaters on October 12...
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Simon and the Oaks poster

Scandinavian filmmakers are on a roll, from "The Girl with a Dragon Tattoo" turning Noomi Rapace into a global star, Norwegian hit "Headhunters" getting a U.S. remake to "The Hunt" star Mads Mikkelsen taking home Best actor at Cannes. Check out our exclusive first look at the poster and a clip for Swedish director Lisa Ohlin's period epic "Simon and the Oaks," based on Marianne Fredriksson's bestselling novel and recipient of thirteen nominations for Sweden's Guldbagge Awards. The film will hit US theaters on October 12 (LA's Landmark, NYC's Paris Theater) via new distrib The Film Arcade. A national release will follow.

At this year's Berlin Film Festival, Bill Skarsgaard, son of Stellan, was named a "shooting star of 2012." The drama spans thirteen years from 1939  to 1952 and depicts the conditions for Jews living in Sweden during WWII.

We follow young intellectual outsider Simon, who grows up in a loving working class family on the outskirts of Gothenberg and gains admission to an upper-class grammar school. He learns about culture from Isak, the son of a wealthy Jewish bookseller (Jan Josef Leifers), who has fled Nazi persecution in Germany.  Isak helps Simon's dad (Stefan Godicke) make boats. Eventually as war rages over Europe, the two households slowly merge.

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.