Sweden – Montadar Saleh, Zita (Stockholm)

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1. Describe yourself in ten words.
A sociable Swede that spends too much time making playlists.

2. Your best quality? Your worst habit?
Best quality: I am curious.
Worst habit: I am nosy.

3. Your dream job?
I would love to be a street-photographer and roam around big cities.

4. What do you like most about your country?
My favorite thing about Sweden is that the culture promotes pursuing your interests in the field of arts.

5. Your favorite dish in your country?
Potatisgratäng, a delicious, creamy potato gratin.

6. Which word or phrase in your native language do you like the most and what does it mean?
I love the word “Läskeblask” which isn´t an official Swedish word, but it is a fun way of saying soda.

7. What European capital have you visited lately?
Paris in 2019, which was lovely until I realized I was walking around shouting “Je suis fou!” the whole time thinking it was gibberish, not knowing it actually meant “I am crazy!”.

8. Other than your own, which European country would you love to live in?
Italy, for the coffee of course, but also for the people and the culture.

9. What does Europe mean to you? 3 values.
Solidarity, diversity & equal opportunities.

10. What film made you fall in love with cinema?
Howl’s Moving Castle (Hayao Miyazaki, 2004, JP) is my earliest memory of watching a film at the cinema, and I remember it being the first film that made me dream.

11. Your favorite film theatre? What do you like about it?
My favorite film theatre is the Pacific Theatre Cinerama Dome in Los Angeles, that I was lucky enough to visit before they sadly had to shut down. It is an iconic cinema, and I also bumped into Charlize Theron there.

12. Who is your movie hero?
Dr. Ellie Arroway (Jodie Foster) in the film Contact (Robert Zemeckis, 1997, US).

13. Which movie director would you like to be?
I would love to be Damian Chazelle and view the world from his funky, jazzy and musically colourful eyes.

14. Briefly describe your favorite scene.
In the opening scene of The Social Network (David Fincher, 2010, US), we see Mark Zuckerberg (Jessie Eisenberg) and his soon-to-be ex-girlfriend, Jessica Albright (Rooney Mara), going back and forth at a crowded student bar. The conversation gets heated and passive aggressive comments turn into arguments, resulting in Jessica telling him that they will not be dating anymore whilst Zuckerberg tries a failed attempt at reconciliation. The scene ends with Albright making sure that Zuckerberg remembers that he will go his whole life thinking girls will not want to date him because he is a nerd, when in actuality, they will not date him because he´s an asshole – thus setting the tone for the whole film.

15. What are the 3 best European films you have seen in the last year?
Druk (Thomas Vinterberg, 2020, DK)
Portrait de la jeune fille en feu
(Céline Sciamma, 2019, FR)
The Favourite (Yorgos Lanthimos, 2018, GB)

16. Which film character do you most identify with?
Remy from Ratatouille (Brad Bird, 2007, US).

17. Your favorite soundtrack or song?
My favorite song is “Oogway Ascends” from Kung Fu Panda (Hans Zimmer, John Powell) and my favorite soundtrack is Terence Blanchard´s soundtrack for BlacKkKlansman (Spike Lee, 2018, US).

18. If you had to live in a movie, which one would you like it to be?
I would love to live in The Lord of The Rings universe.

19. Your life becomes a bio-pic. Who plays the role of you?
Without flattering myself to much, I would say Dev Patel. That man is handsome.

20. Which talent would you most like to have?
I would most like to have the talent of finishing the books I start.

21. What is your most treasured possession?
I have a CD signed by a guitar player I met at a jazz club in California where they filmed some scenes in La La Land, and the jazz player was part of the on-screen band!

22. What do you consider your greatest achievement?
Without a shadow of doubt, taking part of 27 Times Cinema this year.

23. What is your motto?
When life gives you lemons, give them to me! I love lemons.

Montadar Saleh is the Ambassador of Zita. Find out more about the Cinema here.