Opening Reception - A Man Called Ove

A man called oveWe invite you to help us kick-off the 10th annual Riverside Saginaw Film Festival with a special event appealing to film lovers and book lovers alike. We are offering a one-time only screening of a lovely film based on a beloved bestselling Swedish novel, A Man Called Ove at 7:00 pm on Thursday, November 10th, at Pit and Balcony Theatre.

When Atria Books Editorial Director Peter Borland was sent the first 50 pages of a novel translated from the Swedish just 3 years ago, he never could have imagined that it would become a national sensation. Published in hardcover in 2014, the book by Fredrik Backman did well, and, driven by independent bookstores and book clubs throughout America, sales of the paperback published last year took off through the roof. A Man Called Ove has been firmly planted on the best seller lists for the past year and over 650,000 copies have been sold in the U.S. with broad appeal in every demographic and long waiting lists at public libraries across the country.

Now, Swedish filmmaker Hannes Holm brings the beloved Ove to life in the 2016 film adaptation. A touching comedy, A Man Called Ove is the heartwarming tale of a stubborn, short-tempered man with strictly held beliefs, rigid routines and the feeling that everyone around him is an idiot. His world is shaken up by the arrival of new neighbors leading to an unexpected friendship and a turnaround in the world-weary man's life.

A Man Called Ove is Sweden's official entry for an Academy Award for best foreign language film.
6:30pm reception featuring an assortment of traditional Swedish fare. A discussion led by Bill O’Brien of Hoyt Library will be held in the theatre immediately following the film. Reception and discussion are included with film admission.

“If there was an award for ‘Most Charming Book of the Year,’ this first novel by a Swedish blogger-turned-overnight-sensation would win hands down.”

Booklist, starred review