Calendar Girls (2022)

Opens in June

Director: Love Martinsen, Maria Loohufvud Run Time: 83 min. Release Year: 2022

Country: Swedish
Language: English

Feature was presented at the Film Center as part of Cinema Columbus 2022

About the film:

Florida’s most dedicated dance team shakes up the outdated image of “the little old lady” and calls for everyone to dance their hearts out, while they still can. Calendar Girls is a coming-of-golden-age film about the second teenage phase: the retirement phase, following senior volunteer dancers in Southern Florida, who are determined to prove that age is just a number.

Through revealing conversations and choreographed dance scenes, the film captures the challenges of being a woman over 60 and the delicate balance of family, home and dance.

“Loohufvud and Martinsen find rich themes in the ways these women discuss aging… personal freedom defined separately from gender expectations… an inspirational dance for the young at heart”

—Robert Daniels for Roger Ebert

The filmmaking duo’s life-affirming documentary had its World Premiere at the 2022 Sundance Film Festival and Ohio Premiere at the Cleveland International Film Festival on April 7, 2022.

About the filmmakers:

Maria Loohufvud is an art director with a background in music and dance. Her feminist engagement has led to projects on many platforms, such as the equality game Komma Lika (Go Equal) and the dance film installation Caring, carrying. Love Martinsen is a composer for film and television. His background is in the Swedish indie music scene as a producer and musician.

Together, they run the independent film company Pink Dolphin, and Calendar Girls (2022) is their debut film.

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