While you’re gripped by winter’s chills, what better time to take in the best cinema from some of the coldest countries?
Featuring masterworks from Sweden, Norway, Finland, Denmark and Iceland, the Volvo Scandinavian Film Festival is in its sixth year, and getting stronger all the time.
Opening night on July 16th includes a pre-show reception, before the screening of the Danish hit Happy Ending, a romantic comedy about a couple splitting up after 50 years of marriage.
Highlights this year include Iceland’s A White, White Day, starring the powerhouse actor, Ingvar E. Sigurdsson as a man struggling with grief after his wife dies in a car accident. Hans Petter Moland’s Out Stealing Horses examines disturbing memories, and interestingly has as its central character, a man whose wife has died in a car accident. Another Australian premiere in this year’s line-up is Finnish feature One Last Deal. Olavi is an ageing art dealer with a broken life. He identifies an obscure work by a major Russian painter, and in an attempt to prove the work’s provenance, he gradually repairs his family ties.
In an homage to Nordic Noir, the festival will present the whole Millennium Trilogy: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, The Girl who Played with Fire and The Girl who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest, along with the documentary Stieg Larsson: The Man Who Played with Fire. Another series for Nordic Noir lovers is Department Q. The first three will be screened, along with the latest (and final) instalment, The Purity of Vengeance.
Norway’s contribution this year is Sonja-The White Swan, a biopic of the enigmatic figure-skater and actor, Sonja Henie, starring Ine Marie Wilmann.
With films screening from July 16th to August 7th at Palace Nova Eastend and Prospect, there are plenty of opportunities to throw on a scarf, snuggle into some mittens, and take in the icy genius that is Nordic cinema.
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