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24 September 2023: Sven Klang's Quintet


Sven Klang's Quintet
Stellan Olsson, 1976, 114 min
UK premiere of the new restoration by the Swedish Film Institute

Introduced by Jon Wengström & Ehsan Khoshbakht

Voted by Swedish film critics as one of the "25 greatest Swedish films ever", Stellan Olsson's tender drama is based on Henric Holmberg and Ninne Olsson’s play, about a small dance band in the late 50s which hires a new saxophonist whose music widens their horizons but whose presence eventually causes a cathartic split. Shot in stunning black-and-white, Olsson’s tableau-like compositions influenced many Swedish filmmakers.

Never on Sunday is a series of screenings of rare classics, archive masterpieces, obscure delights and forgotten gems carefully curated and introduced by Ehsan Khoshbakht and taking place the last Sunday of each month at Close-Up.