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The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared

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Sweden | 2013 | 114 minutes | Felix Herngren

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An absurdist tale of a man who escapes from the nursing home on his hundredth birthday. Encountering the extraordinary and the truly strange, the man’s comedic journey takes us on a colorful, riotous romp.

May 28, 2014
Renton IKEA Performing Arts Center  
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May 30, 2014
SIFF Cinema Uptown Festival  
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June 1, 2014
SIFF Cinema Egyptian  
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Friday May 30 screening on STANDBY – Advance tickets not available

Take a wily centenarian, stolen money, angry skinheads, an elephant, and circus costumes, and you have the ingredients of a rollicking, slapstick cross-country road trip. Oh, and did we mention explosions? The titular old man is also a dynamite expert. The result from actor-turned-director Felix Herngren is one of 2013’s highest-grossing comedies in Sweden. Based on the bestselling novel by Jonas Jonasson, this anarchic film follows the journey of Allan Karlsson (Robert Gustafsson), who yearns to escape from his 100th birthday party at his retirement home. After doing exactly what the film’s title indicates, Allan meets an elderly soulmate, Julius (Iwar Wiklander), and unwittingly finds a suitcase full of loot that belongs to a violent skinhead. While on the run, the geriatric duo pick up a driver named Benny (David Wiberg) and former gangster moll Gunilla (Mia Skaringer), who help them evade authorities and make new enemies. As the farcical chase rolls on and the body count rises, the film flashes back to Allan’s itinerant youth. Like a sillier, more destructive Forrest Gump, Allan is seen stumbling through the 20th century, shifting the course of world events with the likes of Franco, Truman, Stalin, Reagan, and Gorbachev. With a bouncy soundtrack, cartoonish violence, a deliberate disrespect for history, and a commitment to lunacy, this propulsive black comedy reminds us that life doesn’t begin until our second century.

Director Biography

Native to Sweden, Felix Herngren began his career 20 years ago as an actor and comedian. Herngren began directing in 1999 and has since been named one of the top five commercial directors by The Gunn Report. In 2007 Herngren opened his own production company FLX where he writes, produces, and directs commercials and television shows in addition to feature films.

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Director: Felix Herngren
Principal Cast: Robert Gustafsson, Iwar Wiklander, Mia Skäringer, Alan Ford, David Wiberg
Premier Status: North American Premiere
Country: Sweden
Year: 2013
Running Time: 114 minutes
Producer: Malte Forssell, Felix Herngren, Henrik Jansson-Schweizer, Patrick Nebout
Screenplay: Felix Herngren, Hans Ingemansson, based on a novel by Jonas Jonasson
Cinematographers: Göran Hallberg
Editors: Henrik Källberg, Björn Stein
Music: Erik Nilsson
Awards: Guldbagge Awards 2014 (Audience Award)
Filmography: Every Other Week (2006); Adult Behavior (1999)
Language: Swedish
HasSubTitles: Yes
Format: DCP
International Sales: Studio Canal
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