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Comedy from the North: The Cake General

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Category: Education
Start date: 25 Oct 2019 06:00 PM
End date: 25 Oct 2019 09:00 PM
Street / Location: 58 Park Avenue
City / town: New York
Country: New York, USA
Organizer: Scandinavia House
Name: Chelsea Salander
Email: chelsea@amscan.org
Phone: 212.847.9729
Homepage: www.scandinaviahouse.org/events/cake-general-tartgeneralen/

See a screening of The Cake General / Tårtgeneralen, an outrageous, unconventional comedy set in the 1980s about an eccentric villager who decides to put his sleepy hamlet on the map by assembling the world’s longest layer cake. Based on a true story.

When in 1984 the small town of Koping is named "the most boring town in Sweden" by the popular television show Rekord-Magazinet, resident Hasse Pettersson (Mikael Perssbrandt, The Hobbit) refuses to allow his new home to become the subject of a national joke, and sets off on a mission to drum up some attention-grabbing excitement by creating the world’s largest sandwich cake. As Hasse puts aside drinking habits and financial struggles to fulfill his goal, he also begins to find that the potential for success gives his life a much-needed sense of purpose. And as his community begins to band around him, the citizens of Koping show that there is just as much value to be found in those who live outside the boundaries of what is considered conventional — and in their relentless ability to achieve a meaningful goal, no matter how absurd it may seem.
Directed by Filip Hammar and Fredrik Wikingsson (Sweden, 2018), 101 min, in Swedish with English subtitles