After the success of the début Scandinavian Film Festival last year, the Nordic film feast returns exclusively to the Palace Nova Eastend Cinemas again this month from 22-29 July.
The Festival will showcase more than 20 of the most exciting dramas, comedies and thrillers from Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Finland and Iceland.
The second Scandinavian Film Festival will open with the uproarious Here is Harold (Her er Harold), a Norwegian road movie about a man who sets out to kidnap the founder of IKEA after they open a superstore right next door to his small furniture shop.
The Festival will also include a fascinating and intimate documentary about one of Hollywood’s most radiant and beloved European imports, Ingrid Bergman. Other highlights include:
LIFE IN A FISH BOWL (Vonarstræti) – an unsparing Icelandic drama telling three congruent tales of three people who have a lasting effect on one another. Winner of Best Film, Actor, Actress, Director and seven more awards at the Edda (Icelandic Academy) Awards.
THE GRUMP (Mielensäpahoittaja) – Based on a series of Finnish radio plays, this is a broad satire from of a set-in-his-ways, 80-year-old farmer from rural Finland, who raises hell when he is forced to move in with his city-dwelling son.
UNDERDOG (Svenskjävel) – a modern take on class conflict plays out in a humorous and unmerciful observation of the shifted power balance between Sweden and Norway when 23-year-old Dino (magnetic comedian Bianca Kronlöf) lands a job as a housekeeper for a wealthy ex-sportsman and ends up in the centre of an odd love triangle.
OUT OF NATURE (Mot nature) – named by Variety as one of the “Top 10 Europeans to Watch”, Norwegian Writer/Actor/Director Ole Giæver brings us a commentary on middle-class life and the Norwegian penchant for idealizing nature.
THE ABSENT ONE (Fasandræberne) – Danish thrillers once again take center stage with this taught sequel to smash hit The Keeper of Lost Causes. A troubling affair involving a double murder of twin siblings is reopened by the Copenhagen cold-case division after the kids’ father commits suicide. It’s a Nordic noir-style mystery that toggles between the past and the present as it uncovers what really happened.
YOUNG SOPHIE BELL (Unga Sophie Bell) is Amanda Adolfsson’s longed-for debut feature, and the second film to come out of Stockholm Film Festival’s scholarship for female directors. In the drama, two university friends move to Berlin after graduating, but their dreams are shattered when one suddenly and mysteriously disappears.
Tickets are now on sale through the Palace Nova Eastend Cinemas for all films, most of which are only screening once during the Festival. Visit the Scandinavian Film Festival website for a full schedule and more information about each film.