Misery Hates Company. “A Man Called Ove” tells the story of the curmudgeonly old man whose grumpy existence is brought to life by forces beyond his control.

Based on the bestselling novel, this Swedish film (with English sub-titles) will be shown at A Center for the Arts, 124 W Lincoln Ave., downtown Fergus Falls, on Sunday, March 19 at 2:00 p.m.  General  Admission tickets are available online at www.FergusArts.org, at the box office, by phone 218-736-5453, and at the door.

Stepping from the pages of Fredrik Backman’s international best-selling novel, Ove is the quintessential angry old man next door. An isolated retiree with strict principles and a short fuse, who spends his days enforcing block association rules that only he cares about, and visiting his wife’s grave, Ove has given up on life. Enter a boisterous young family next door who accidentally flattens Ove’s mailbox while moving in and earning his special brand of ire. Yet from this inauspicious beginning an unlikely friendship forms and we come to understand Ove’s past happiness and heartbreaks. What emerges is a heartwarming tale of unreliable first impressions and the gentle reminder that life is sweeter when its shared.

One of Sweden’s biggest locally-produced box office hits ever, director Hannes Holm finds the beating heart of his source material and Swedish star Rolf Lassgård, whose performance won him the Best Actor award at the 2016 Seattle Int’l Film Festival, affectingly embodies the lovable curmudgeon Ove.

The presentation of this film, distributed by Music Box Films, is made possible, in part, by the Friends of the Fergus Falls Public Library.

AC4TA activities are made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a Minnesota State Arts Board Operating Support grant, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

The mission of A Center for the Arts is: To connect artists and audiences by providing the best possible arts experiences that inspire imagination, curiosity, creativity and learning.