Mai Zetterling: The Girls


Grand Illusion Cinema Sat, Aug 13, 2022 4:00 PM
Grand Illusion Cinema Mon, Aug 15, 2022 7:30 PM
Film Info
Release Year:1968
Production Country:Sweden
Original Language:Swedish
Cast/Crew Info
Director:Mai Zetterling
Cast:Bibi Andersson
Harriet Andersson
Gunnel Lindblom
Gunnar Björnstrand
Erland Josephson
Screenwriter:Mai Zetterling
David Hughes


Part of DIRECTED BY MAI ZETTERLING, four new restorations by the Swedish actor and director, famed for her collaborations with Ingmar Bergman, Nicolas Roeg, and Ken Loach. Co-presented with the National Nordic Museum.

Arguably Mai Zetterling’s most autobiographical film, The Girls depicts a trio of female artists attempting to balance their professional careers, domestic lives, and political convictions in pursuit of creative and personal integrity. Harriet Andersson, Bibi Andersson, and Gunnel Lindblom play actors who struggle to satisfy the demands of both the stage and their families while starring in a production of Lysistrata. When a hostile audience rejects their interpretation of Aristophanes’s radical portrayal of female solidarity, the women dissolve the boundaries between art and life in an act of defiance that raises profound questions about the relationship between representational performance and social responsibility.