Scandinavian Film hits Mora

Valorie Arrowsmith

Guest Writer

Gathering over 120 hours of film footage to create “Pretty Much 100% Scandinavian: Saga II” meant that filmmaker Stefan Quinth traveled throughout Minnesota to seek out some funny stories and jokes, which is the theme of this new creation. Here he assisted by Cambridge resident Tom Coleman while he does some filming at the Last Thursday of the Month Swedish breakfast, currently held at the Isanti Creamery.

Jokes, laughter, Scandinavian humor, and some music are all features of the “Pretty Much 100% Scandinavian:  Saga II” to be screened at the Paradise Theater in downtown Mora, on Sunday, April 3, at 3 p.m. “Some of your favorite Ole and Lena jokes may be featured,” says Gordon Hallstrom, president of the Dala Heritage Society, “or you might learn some new ones to share with friends and neighbors.”

Award-winning Swedish filmmaker Stefan Quinth and former American Swedish Institute administrator William Beyer will be present to introduce the film and visit with area residents afterwards. ‘Saga II’ is the second in their series of light-hearted films about contemporary Scandinavian America.  It draws from over 120 hours of footage so rich that Swedish TV has shown interest.

Quinth and Beyer have sought what has tickled the funny-bones of Scandinavian Americans–from the immigrant Swedish American vaudevillian “Olle i Skratthult” to contemporaries such as Norwegian Americans Leroy Larson and Art Lee, Swedish American Merrilyn Belgum, and a variety of neighborhood joke-tellers tracing roots to Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, or Sweden.

This activity is sponsored by the Dala Heritage Society in Mora.

Tickets at the door are $7 for adults and $3 for children under 12. Doors open at 2:30 p.m.  For more information call 320-396-3869.