A movingly personal work from writer-director Maria Sødahl, opening at The Ross on Friday, June 18, HOPE sees stars Bræin Hovig and Stellan Skarsgård powerfully portraying a turning point in one couple's long love story. Raw, melancholy and unquestionably mature, “HOPE” understands that some wounds may never be healed. –Jeannette Catsoulis, The New York Times The effect of HOPE is anything but depressing; it's reassuring proof of art's ability to comfort as it clarifies. –Godfrey Cheshire, RoberEvert.com The full, flawed humanity of Hovid and Skarsgard's characters is imbued in nearly every scene, even their smallest interactions bearing the full weight of a long romantic history. –Leah Greenblatt, Entertainment Weekly HOPE is showing at the Mary Riepma Ross Media Arts Center on Friday, June 18 through Thursday, July 1. Show times are available at www.TheRoss.org, by consulting your newspaper, or by calling the MRRMAC film information line at 402.472.5353. Anja (Andrea Bræin Hovig) and Tomas (Stellan Skarsgård), the principals in Maria Sødahl's moving HOPE, adore their careers in dance and theatre. Their blended family structure is complicated, with two young sons and an adolescent daughter from their own union and two adult children from Tomas' marriage. Returning home after the triumphant international debut of a ballet she directed, Anja finds Tomas is working late, a galling abnegation of responsibility in her eyes. Then her physician gives her a dire diagnosis: she has an inoperable tumor that may be connected to the lung cancer for which she was successfully treated the previous year. A long-time superwoman who's been compensating for an often absent, workaholic husband, Anja soldiers on, refusing to tell anyone but Tomas what's happening and becoming increasingly exasperated by her children's blissful ignorance, while only intermittently buoyed by Tomas' support. The next few days will test the strength of their relationship more than any other challenge they've faced.