Festivalgoers and officials at the Stockholm Film Festival, which is in full swing, reacted to the tragedy that unfolded Friday night in Paris as terrorists attacks killed an estimated 120 people.
“Our thoughts are with the people of France today. What has happened in Paris is a terrible tragedy, and the events have shocked and saddened us all. We will hold a moment of silence before the Scandiavian premiere of ‘Marguerite’ by the French director Xavier Giannoli instead of the scheduled Face2Face,” said Git Scheynius, director of Stockholm Intl. Film Festival.
Giannoli cut his festival trip short Saturday returned to Paris.
Swedish prime minister Stefan Lofven condemned the attacks yesterday evening: “We must never allow ourselves to be defeated. We stand united with France in this dark, immense grief,” said Lofven.
The Paris assaults, and the bombings outside Paris’ Stade de France, where France and Germany were playing a soccer friendly match, also means that tonight’s European Championships playoff between Sweden and Denmark, at Friends Arena in Stockholm, will have a heightened security.
“We we have taken additional measures for the audience to feel extra safe tonight. We do this in conjunction with the police,” said the president of the Swedish Football Assn., Karl-Erik Nilsson.
All the players will be wearing arm bands in support of the people of France and the game will be preceded by a minute of silence to honor the Paris victims.
One of the players, Sweden’s captain Zlatan Ibrahimovic, is also the biggest star of Paris Saint-Germain soccer club. On Saturday afternoon he posted an Instagram message to his fellow citizens of Paris: A picture of the Eiffel Tower painted black, and with the text: #prayforparis.