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The Wife

Björn Runge
Sweden, USA, UK 2017 / 100’
The Rider

The Wife turned out to be prophetic. The picture premiered on the eve of the literary Noble Prize controversy. Even though it does not address the issues of sexual assault directly, it does ask questions raised recently in relation to the most important literary award: who deserves it? The movie - directed by Björn Runge - can be perceived as a statement in a larger discussion about male dominance in arts. The Wife pays a tribute and homage to all women in the background, supporting their husbands and partners in their narcissistic career paths. Glenn Close was superbly cast here as a title faithful wife of an American novelist Joe Castelman (Jonathan Pryce) who was just announced as the Nobel Prize winner. Christian Slater returns to the screen as a sleazy biographer and would-be writer, who follows the Castlemans to Sweden to the ceremony in an effort to discredit the prize winner.

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Björn Runge

Björn Runge, born 1961, in Lysekil, Sweden. He is a director, screen writer, playwright and author. Björn Runge has been involved in the film industry since he was 20 years old. He studed film directing at Dramatiska Institutet, Stockholm, 1986-89. In 1996 he made his debut in feature films with the celebrated drama Harry & Sonja. He received two Guldbagge awards for Best Director and Best Screenplay 2003, for the feature film Om jag vänder mig om. At the Berlin Film Festival the same film was awarded the Silver Bear and Der Blaue Engel Prize, for best European film. In 2005 Björn Runge received Nordiska Rådets Filmpris for Mun mot mun (2004). Björn Runge has up till now directed 14 feature films, shorts and television productions.

Selected filmography

1996 Harry och Sonja

2003 Świt / Om jag vänder mig om

2005 Mun mot mun / Mouth to Mouth

2011 Happy End

2017 Żona / The Wife

Cast & Crew

director Björn Runge
screenplay Jane Anderson
cinematography Ulf Brantås
editing Lena Runge
music Jocelyn Pook
cast Glenn Close, Jonathan Pryce, Max Irons, Christian Slater, Elizabeth McGovern
producer Claudia Bluemhuber, Peter Gustafsson, Rosalie Swedlin, Piers Tempest
production Tempo Productions Limited, Anonymous Content, Film i Väst, Meta Film, Silver Reel, Spark Film & TV
sales UIP
language English
colouration colour