Next of Kin (Arven)
Followed by a post-screening discussion with Anja Breien
Norway. Dir. Anja Breien. 1979, 95 mins. 35 mm. With: Espen Skjønberg, Anita Björk, Hæge Juve, Jan Hårstad. Following the premature death of the childless and wealthy ship-owner Kai Skaug, his extended family is thrown into turmoil. The apparently benevolent will states that his tremendous wealth will go to charity, unless the family jointly manages to run his company. The will also names the deceased’s brother, a research librarian, the successor of his seat. A polite family meeting at the deceased’s estate disintegrates into chaos, as hidden conflicts come to the surface. The satirical film questions whether modern individuals still need family relationships. Next of Kin was selected for the main competition in Cannes; amongst its supporters for the Palme D’Or was Ingmar Bergman, who felt the film should win.
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