Thursday, May 3rd 2012

at the

Palm Springs Art Museum

a free screening of

Men Who Swim

directed by Dylan Williams

will show promptly at 6:00pm 

inside the Annenberg Theater

This film screening is in conjunction with the exhibition Backyard Oasis: The Swimming Pool in Southern California 1945-1982 on view through May 27.

Men who swim

About the Film

Men Who Swim is a humorous and poignant look at a group of men of a certain age in Stockholm who have found unlikely fellowship as members of Sweden’s all-male synchronized swim team. What began as a weekly escape from the daily grind of work and family responsibilities, gradually evolved into a more serious commitment. By day, they are train conductors and meat buyers, archivists and teachers; but by evening, they channel Esther Williams and become earnest and passionate exponents of the sport.

After initially believing themselves to be the only all-male synchronized swim team in the world, they’re surprised to discover that other countries also have teams including Japan, Ukraine, Holland, France, Germany, Czech Republic, Italy, and Spain. And the first-ever All Male World Championship in the sport is coming up soon.

The team enters the competition, but they quickly realize they will have to train hard if they are to have a chance at the medals. Drama flares as their competitive spirit collides with differing opinions about how to train and who is in charge. Slowly, a competition-caliber routine comes together.

Not only are the men anticipating the championships, but most of the team is also looking down the barrel at milestone birthdays. More than half will turn 40 during the year they first compete on the world stage (or in the world pool, as it were). They are all, in their own ways, taking stock of their lives, measuring their achievements to this point, and wondering what the future might hold.

Men Who Swim looks at what it means to be part of a team, but also what it is to be an individual at a crucial time in one’s life. Ultimately, the film is about realizing that maybe you’ve already got everything you ever wanted.

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Men Who Swim


About the Filmmaker

Dylan Williams’s credits include productions on the BBC, Channel 4, Discovery Channel, ZDF-Arte, and The History Channel. He moved to Sweden in 2002 and has since directed a number of Scandinavian documentaries including the tragic-comic Madame and Capt. Nilsson (2006) and Reserved for George (2007). Men Who Swim is his story.

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Watch the trailer here:

For more information, please visit:

Palm Springs Art Museum

Men Who Swim’s Facebook