Yesterday was the gala premiere of the Swedish-American “A Man Called Otto” at cinema Rigoletto in Stockholm. Filmtopp was of course on site with its coverage.
It’s not every day you get to stand an arm’s length away from a star of Tom Hanks’ caliber, but last night at the cinema Rigoletto , that’s exactly what happened to the expectant guests. Soon it will be the premiere of the Swedish-American version of A Man Called Ove (or Otto as he is called on the other side of the Atlantic) and the title role is played by none other than the beloved, Oscar-winning actor we have seen excel in world classics such as Forrest Gump , Saving Private Ryan and Philadelphia .
A Man Called Otto is based on Fredrik Backman ‘s best-selling novel A Man Called Ov e, which gave us one of the biggest Swedish cinema hits ever in the film starring Rolf Lassgård . Sony Pictures is responsible for the international distribution, which means that the film will open in the biggest cinemas around the world. But also this time, SF Studios has been highly involved in the production, as well as Hank’s wife Rita Wilson , who also wrote her own song that we get to hear in the film.
Star-studded at the gala premiere of A Man Called Otto
It would be an understatement to say that Rigoletto vibrated yesterday. The place was absolutely packed, with hundreds of expectant guests in the lounge and fans hanging around the entrance. That there was such a large turnout hardly came as a surprise to all the stars who were there. Not enough with all the star names linked to the film, there was a solid guest list with several of Sweden’s most famous people of all kinds, from ABBA’s Björn Ulvaeus to the Left Party ‘s Nooshi Dadgostar
After the red carpet, the expectant crowd got to see Tom Hanks and company talk about the making of A Man Called Otto on stage, followed by an exclusive preview of the film. Judging by the audience’s reactions during the film, they seemed very pleased with the film which had them filling the hall with laughter. Once the film was over, quite a few remained for a long time, taken from the more poignant sequences of the story.
“A Man Called Otto” has its American theatrical premiere on December 30, and opens in Swedish cinemas on January 13. With the Biopass you can see the film at half price.