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Woof! Lasse Hallström’s Coming-of-Age Classic My Life as a Dog Screens Oct. 3 in 35mm

The Auditorium at Northeastern Illinois University – Building E, 3701 W. Bryn Mawr Ave
General Admission: $7 • NEIU Students: $3

Wednesday, October 3 @ 7:30 PM
MY LIFE AS A DOG • 1985
Directed by Lasse Hallström
In Swedish with English subtitles
Set in Sweden in 1958-1959, My Life as a Dog follows the growing pains of 12-year-old boy named Ingemar (Anton Glanzelius), who is separated from his older brother and sent to live with relatives when his mother becomes ill. The premise is classic arthouse hit of the week material, but this one really cuts close to the bone, tossing and turning through its hero’s adolescence, painfully awkward and filled with wonder. The supporting cast, made up of child actors and eccentric adults, feels like a real family. Director Lasse Hallström, then most famous for directing nearly all of ABBA’s music videos, and probably best known to US audiences for What’s Eating Gilbert Grape, earned a Best Director and a Best Adapted Screenplay Academy Award nomination for the film in 1988 upon its belated stateside release, a relatively rare feat for a work of foreign cinema. My Life as a Dog was a favorite of Kurt Vonnegut, who said it “made me like life and human beings much more than I had ever done before. Quite a favor!” (JA)
101 min • FilmTeknik • 35mm from CFS Collections, Permission Janus
Cartoon: “Crazy Mixed-Up Pup” (Tex Avery, 1954) – 7 min – 16mm

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