Hugo and Josephine

Still from Hugo and Josephine

Sunday, 14 December 2014: Hugo and Josephine

Sunday, 14 December 2014, 15:00

Venue: (see Locations and Tickets for further details)

Programme category: Children's and Family Films

Director: Kjell Grede, Sweden 1967, 82 mins, PG

"The only film I have ever seen that succeeds in re-creating what it actually feels like to be six or seven years old. It should be mandatory viewing in film schools and it should be recognised universally as a classic." Adam Blake IMDB

Josephine, the daughter of a priest who lives in the country has no friends until she meets Hugo, a carefree child whose home is in the woods. He is also the nephew of the gardener, Gudmarson. Along with him and Gudmarson she experiences a fantastic summer. A classic – gorgeous and heart-breakingly innocent. In Swedish with English subtitles.

"It is hard to imagine anybody not being caught up in the spell of this small, gentle masterpiece." New York Times

Further reading

  1. New York Times
  2. Spindle Brighton Festival


Screening with…

Palle Alone in the World

Director: Astrid Henning-Jensen , Denmark 1949, 25 mins, U

"Charming, funny, moving and there’s some terrific shots." Letterboxd

A boy wakes up to find that he’s alone in the world. A deserted, silent Copenhagen becomes his giant playground. He drives a steamroller, and flies a rocket to the moon. Adapting a famous novel and with almost no dialogue, Astrid Henning-Jensen, one of the greatest directors of children, makes an all-time classic of charm and wonder.

"Still stands as a classic." Danish Film Institute