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The film Compartment, directed by Maj Rafferty, is an interpretation of Danish writer Ursula Scavenius's short story 'Compartment' from her latest book The Dolls, published by Lolli last year.

Anna, Jakub and Miska have lost their mother, Nastfa. Her last wish was to be buried in her hometown in Hungary. We follow the three grieving siblings in the oppressive train compartment as they travel to Hungary to try to fulfil their late mother's wish. Along the way, they talk about Nasfa's past as a refugee, and about how war and deportations have shaped her life.

The film was shot during the pandemic, and uses the pandemic as a frame. The first part was filmed in isolation, the second over zoom, and the third and final part in our current reality. Compartment is a painfully relevant commentary on the human consequences of war.

Join us for this exclusive screening at Бібліотека, a library and humanitarian aid donation centre for Ukraine that has been set up in Peckham. The Dolls will be available to purchase and author Ursula Scavenius will be around to sign your copy. All proceeds will be donated to Бібліотека and their cause.

You can register via Facebook or RSVP via the link below.

Thursday 28 April, 8pm
Бібліотека
Unit 6 Bellenden Road Business Park
London SE15 4RF

Compartment (2021/Denmark/61min)
Director: Maj Rafferty
Actors: Rakel Valdimarsdottir, Kasper Ørum, Gustav Scavenius
Soundtrack: Iman Deeper, Yael Acher
Language: Danish with English subtitles
Production: Vesterbro Kælderteater

The Dolls by Ursula Scavenius, translated by Jennifer Russell, was published 21 October 2021. The collection presents stories from a world both fantastically strange and gruellingly familiar where isolation, ruin, prejudice, and misinformation soar in an irresistible, susurrant fugue of displaced families yearning to belong.

Read 'Compartment' on Granta.com
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York Anglo-Scandinavian Society

Thursday 24 February
A film in Danish/Icelandic with English sub-titles. Directed by Joe
Penna.
“One of the best movies ever made about survival”
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