The Picture-Makers

by Per Olov Enquist

Bildmakarna/The Picture-Makers describes an imaginary meeting between four great figures in Swedish cultural history: Selma Lagerlöf, world-famous story-teller and Nobel Prize laureate, Viktor Sjöström, one of Sweden’s greatest film directors and actors of all time, Julius Jaenzon, legendary and brilliant film photographer, and Tora Teje, one of the leading Swedish actresses of the 1890s. One autumn day in 1920, they gather together to look at a provisional version of Sjöström’s silent film Körkarlen based upon one of Selma Lagerlöf’s most famous novels.

With Bildmakarna, where Per Olov Enquist develops the thesis of hidden driving forces behind Selma Lagerlöf’s writing such as her father’s alcoholism, Enquist continues the line from two of his earlier plays Tribadernas natt, a drama about Strindberg and his first wife, and Från regnormarnas liv about H C Andersen, and brings together these actors from the world of literature for a discussion about life and death, about art and ethics.

Rights sold to:
Európa Publishers, Hungary
Actes Sud, France

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