We know him as Captain Tupolev, Professor Lambeau or Bootstrap Bill: A star of international cinema is attending the 52nd Nordic Film Days Lübeck. Actor Stellan Skarsgård, who acted in “The Hunt for Red October”, “Breaking the Waves” and “Pirates of the Caribbean”, will introduce the black comedy “A Somewhat Gentle Man” (original title: “En ganske snill mann”) in Lübeck – together with director Hans Petter Moland and top Danish author Kim Fupz Aakeson.
Stellan Skarsgård in "En ganske snill mann"
“A Somewhat Gentle Man” is a bizarre, Norwegian drama about re-socialization, in which Stellan Skarsgård stars in the role of Ulrik, who is released from prison after serving a 12-year sentence for murder. He is released, but far from free. He remains dependent on Jensen, his former boss, who gets him a job in a garage and a place to stay with his sister. Ulrik is glad to work in the garage, but would rather do without having to satisfy his sexually frustrated landlady. On top of that there are a number of things Jensen demands of him: Ulrik is to shoot the man who ratted on him 12 years ago. He would much rather dedicate his time to his son and his pregnant daughter-in-law, but Ulrik is so indebted to Jensen that he takes up the gun once more. In his third collaboration with Hans Petter Moland after “Zero Kelvin” and “Aberdeen”, and at the head of a Norwegian character ensemble, Skarsgård embodies a character that is as tragically funny as it is humanly touching.
The retrospective of the 52nd Nordic Film Days presents Stellan Skarsgård in one of his first roles: In "Anita, Swedish Nymphet" from 1973 he plays a sensible student of music who tries to cure a sex-addicted schoolgirl in his very own way.