In Malmros’s moving autobiographical film, a meditation on the limits of human law and the infinite possibilities of kindness, Johannes, a filmmaker, is married to Signe, a schoolteacher. Together, they experience the biggest sorrow and misfortune one can ever imagine. When Johannes returns from a trip, he discovers that Signe—not out of spite or hate but out of a sense of despair and loneliness and psychosis—has killed their infant child during a psychotic fit. Johannes doesn’t judge her but tries to come to grip with all the ways he has failed her without ever meaning any harm. Her students and their parents want her back, and only the State and its representatives need to be convinced that society needs this woman. This year’s Danish submission for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar.

Sponsored by the Scandinavian Heritage Foundation and the ScanDesign Foundation.


SORROW AND JOY screens Saturday, February 14 at 4pm at the Moreland Theater and Tuesday, February 17 at 6pm in our Whitsell Auditorium (located in the Portland Art Museum) as part of the 38th Portland International Film Festival.

Tickets are available online or at the door.

The Portland International Film Festival is sponsored by The Oregonian/OREGONLIVE, LAIKA, Regal Entertainment Group, Delta Airlines, Yelp!, Travel Portland, King Estate, Hotel Modera, The Autzen Foundation, The Lamb-Baldwin Foundation, KINK.fm, and many others.

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