To Do Thursday: Pelle of the Ball

Host a screening of an ’80s Scandinavian tearjerker in Brooklyn? Sure, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences isn’t doing anything else right now. As the Oscar-awarding body waits for ballots to be sent in, it’s drumming up enthusiasm with a screening of 1988’s winner for Best Foreign Language Film, Pelle the Conqueror, at BAM. Little Pelle and his father emigrate from Sweden to Denmark in search of happiness; it may sound off-puttingly chilling and Teutonic, but the dad’s played by Max von Sydow, who’s good at that sort of thing.

Peter Jay Sharp Building, BAM Rose Cinemas, 30 Lafayette Avenue, 7:30pm, tickets and information may be found at