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54th Poetry International Festival Rotterdam
Let the Right One In (film)

Let the Right One In (film)

A film by Swedish director Tomas Alfredson and cinematography by Academy-Award-winning Hoyte van Hoytema.

Let the Right One In (Zweden, 2008) 
Direction: Tomas Alfredson

Finally, Hoyte van Hoytema, the already famous Dutch director of photography, won an Academy Award – and so many more prizes – for Oppenheimer (Christopher Nolan, 2023). But the Swedish film Let The Right One In (Låt den rätte komma in) was how he made a name for himself. And the rest is history. The film received a remake a few years later, but nothing surpasses the original, which, as the Filmkrant stated at the time, is 'tragic without ears, scary without being gratuitous, and dramatic without sentimentality'. Oskar is 12 years and has a macabre 'hobby'. He makes friends with a girl from the neighborhood, who drinks blood. Oskar doesn't care about that. Director Alfredson, together with Van Hoytema, shows the whole affair from a distance. It's lonely, but it's also refreshing to see, even now. The film becomes more interesting as the years wear on. Don't take that from us; come and see it again with your own eyes. Th...

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Let the Right One In (Zweden, 2008) 
Direction: Tomas Alfredson

Finally, Hoyte van Hoytema, the already famous Dutch director of photography, won an Academy Award – and so many more prizes – for Oppenheimer (Christopher Nolan, 2023). But the Swedish film Let The Right One In (Låt den rätte komma in) was how he made a name for himself. And the rest is history. The film received a remake a few years later, but nothing surpasses the original, which, as the Filmkrant stated at the time, is 'tragic without ears, scary without being gratuitous, and dramatic without sentimentality'. Oskar is 12 years and has a macabre 'hobby'. He makes friends with a girl from the neighborhood, who drinks blood. Oskar doesn't care about that. Director Alfredson, together with Van Hoytema, shows the whole affair from a distance. It's lonely, but it's also refreshing to see, even now. The film becomes more interesting as the years wear on. Don't take that from us; come and see it again with your own eyes. That stoic, terrible, strange and so well-fitting cinematographic wonder of a film.

The film will be introduced by film scholar Thomas van den Berg. 

Thomas van den Berg is a musician, performer and composer; former film scholar and programmer, videographer, photographer & writer. Thomas is a cultural glutton and film nerd and loves to share his enthusiasm. After completing his master's degree in Film Studies cum laude (his thesis culminated in the publication “Film Studies in Motion,” prior to that he collaborated on Palgrave Macmillan's “Women Screenwriters”) he worked as a programmer, writer, videographer and photographer at film platform Cinetree. At various universities and festivals, he has been a guest speaker, moderator, panel and jury member. He loves all film: be it Japanese avant-garde, Iranian New Wave, or a pulpy American romcom. As a musician and composer, he provides theater, video installations, performances and film with music (including in collaboration with Groningen/Amsterdam collective Kinetophone).  

Saturday June 8th 

21.00 - 23.00

LantarenVenster - Auditorium 6


Pricing

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Language and duration

Language: Swedish spoken, Dutch subtitles
Duration: 2 hours

See also

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