Scandinavian Film Festival 2016 – Sydney
The third Scandinavian Film Festival is here. Twenty-two films will screen across all genres, from Denmark, Norway, Finland, Iceland and Sweden, at Palace Chauvel, Norton Street and Verona.
Here are ten picks of the festival in Sydney.
The festival opens with director Rune Denstad Langlo’s black comedy about an aspiring hotel owner’s decision to turn his half-built alpine hotel into a state-funded refugee asylum centre. Set near the Norwegian-Swedish border, the film comments on the highly topical subject of Europe’s migration crisis.
Set in post-WWII Denmark, Land of Mine is a powerful, morally complex thriller that tells the stories of a young group of German prisoners of war under the supervision of a cruel Danish sergeant. Based on true events, the film examines retribution and forgiveness.
This biopic of legendary fencing master Endel Nelis shows Nelis’s attempt to keep his forced German military service a secret as he hides from Stalin’s secret police at a remote Estonian village. It was nominated for a Golden Globe this year.
A geologist observes suspicious readings while working at an early disaster warning centre. Based on the events of Norway’s 1934 tsunami, which hit the town of Tafjord,The Wave is a chillingly realistic disaster movie.
In this Swedish romcom, an unlikely romance begins between Veronica (Izabella Scorupco), a single upper-class mum, and Mike (David Hellenius), a carpenter rebuilding her kitchen. After conflicts arise upon meeting each other’s family, Veronica decides the best option is to go on a holiday at her wealthy parents’ house – with chaotic results.
Rising star Jakob Oftebro (Kon-Tiki) stars as a young idealist sent to the Danish Guinea (today’s south-east Ghana) to establish a commercial coffee plantation. Charmed by the land while working closely with the natives, he soon faces the moral challenge of confronting the Danes and their exploitive practices within the colony.
A young family man takes a job overseeing environmental permissions for a huge nickel mine project orchestrated by a Finnish company and is soon pressured into overlooking the mine’s toxic effect on local waters. This environmental thriller is also a cautionary tale.
Other Girls tracks the lives, loves and experiences of four 18-year-old girls as they approach graduation. From unrequited love to high school bullies, it has everything you’d expect from a feel-good coming-of-age drama.
A young journalist launches an investigation into the suspicious circumstances that led an American B-52 bomber carrying nuclear warheads to crash on the polar ice near the US base in Greenland. This Danish movie is based on the 1968 Thule Air Base Crash that caused radioactive contamination and the subsequent international scandal.
This documentary details how Somalian refugees in the mainly white Swedish town of Borlange win over the locals through playing the game of bandy (a fusion sport of ice hockey and soccer) and soon after have their sights on competing at the World Championships in Irkutsk, Russia.
One huge drawcard for Sydney audiences is that you can see As It Is In Heaven (the 2004 Swedish film that played the Hayden Orpheum Sydney for over two years) and it’s long-awaited sequel As It Is In Heaven 2 – Heaven On Earth (it is set in the same remote village and is another story uniting love, music and dance). Highly recommended.
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