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65th San Sebastian Film Festival
22/30 September 2017 - #65ssiff

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Joe Hill
It Happened Yesterday

A chronicle of the events leading up to the execution of notorious labour leader Joe Hill in 1915. The story begins with his immigration from Sweden to the USA. Once there he became involved with the Wobblies (although really called the Industrial Workers of the World, it obtained its popular name from the difficulties experienced by immigrants on trying to pronounce the letters IWW). A shortlived growth of its membership towards the 250,000 mark was soon curbed when 150 of its leaders were jailed. Never without his banjo, Joe soon started composing union songs. After working with the Wobblies for a while, Hill travelled to Utah where, in an attempt to protect the woman he loved, he took the blame for a murder and ended up in front of a firing squad.
BO WIDERBERG Malmö, Sweden (1930-1997). Highly successful novelist who attempted to inject new personality into Swedish cinema by attenuating its typical severity of form and content. He achieved this aim with Adalen 31 (1968) and Joe Hill (1970), both Special Jury Award recipients at Cannes, but failed to repeat the same success with either Fimpen (1973) or Mannen pa taket (The Man on the Roof, 1976). His latest works for cinema and TV lack the originality of his earlier works.
Bo Widerberg
Steve Hopkins, Richard Weber, Bo Widerberg
Petter Davidson, Jörgen Persson
Bo Widerberg
Stefan Grossman, Earl Robinson
Thommy Berggren, Anja Schmidt, Kelvin Malave, Cathy Smith
Running Time
117 m.
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