Sigrid & Isaac
This is a film about two artists, Sigrid Hjertén and Isaac Grünewald, about their love, artistic life and struggle to survive in the time before, during and after the Second World War. In 1909 Sigrid and Isaac meet each other at a party. Isaac persuades Sigrid to go to Paris with him to see the new art flourishing there at Henri Matisse's painting school. From here, we follow them through a long and difficult marriage where both of them are put to the test and must face a great deal of adversity. Sigrid struggles to continue her artistic life in an age where she is expected to sacrifice herself for husband and children. Isaac, who has rapidly obtained a standing in the artistic community, suffers under the increasingly hateful attitudes towards Jews. Director Anders Wahlgren has had access to a unique collection of letters, photos, film footage, police records and newspaper articles, all turned into a a dialogue for two actors. The film became an unexpected success at the Swedish box office.