Library to show Swedish film up for two Academy Awards

“×500.jpg” alt=”ove redo upload” width=”337″ height=”500″ class=”alignnone size-medium wp-image-568699″ />Alpena County Library will host a free screening of “A Man Called Ove” on Sunday at 2 p.m. Stepping from the pages of Fredrik Backman’s international best-selling novel, Ove is the quintessential angry old man next door. An isolated retiree with strict principles and a short fuse, who spends his days enforcing block association rules that only he cares about and visiting his wife’s grave, Ove has given up on life.

Enter a boisterous young family next door who accidentally flattens Ove’s mailbox while moving in and earning his special brand of ire. Yet from this inauspicious beginning an unlikely friendship forms and we come to understand Ove’s past happiness and heartbreaks. What emerges is a heartwarming tale of unreliable first impressions and the gentle reminder that life is sweeter when it’s shared.

One of Sweden’s biggest locally-produced box office hits ever, director Hannes Holm finds the beating heart of his source material and Swedish star Rolf Lassgard, whose performance won him the Best Actor award at the 2016 Seattle International Film Festival, affectingly embodies the lovable curmudgeon Ove.

Praised as “darkly funny, tragic and ultimately heartwarming,” “A Man Called Ove” is nominated for two Academy Awards: Best Foreign Language Film and Best Achievement for Makeup and Hairstyling. Rated PG-13, the film runs 1 hour 56 minutes and will be shown with subtitles.

This special screening is presented with the permission of Music Box Films. For more information, visit the library’s Facebook page,, or call 356-6188, ext. 25.