Scandinavian Film Festival 2017

Scandinavian Film Festival 2017

Scandinavian Film Festival 2017

The region of Scandinavia - culturally comprised of Norway, Sweden, Finland, Iceland and Denmark - has produced some of the most iconic films ever made. From the masterpieces of Ingmar Bergman, to the radical, back-to-basics guerrilla-style filmmaking of the Dogme revolution, to the contemporary and transnational diversity of Nordic cinema. We're proud to be bringing you a selection of the best new Scandinavian cinema, offering a dedicated focus to an area of screen culture that has for too long been under-represented in Australia.

Opening Night screening includes an elderflower cocktail on arrival and live music from local eccentric musician Jesse McCormack, playing Swedish-infused acoustic Celtic folk-rock.

 

Programme

Scandinavian Film Festival - The Other Side of Hope

  • Cast
  • Ville Virtanen, Tommi Korpela, Sakari Kuosmanen, Sherwan Haji
  • Director
  • Aki Kaurismäki
  • Synopsis
  • Aki Kaurismäki (Drifting Clouds, Le Havre) is a world master of cinema. His legendary deadpan humour and humanistic perspective frequently depict difficult situations in society and people overcoming them together.

    Wikström is a man wanting to change his life, and decides to invest in an unprofitable restaurant. Meanwhile, Khaled, a Syrian refugee desperate to seek asylum, arrives in Helsinki. After his application is rejected, he decides to remain illegally and seeks refuge behind Wikström’s business, sleeping in the storage space. When eventually discovered, an unlikely friendship is formed, one that will change both of their lives irrevocably…
  • Classification
  • CTC, 100 mins
  • Genre
  • Comedy, Drama, Festivals
  • Running Time
  • 100 minutes

Scandinavian Film Festival - The Man

  • Cast
  • Søren Malling, Jakob Oftebro, Ane Dahl Torp, Søren Pilmark
  • Director
  • Charlotte Sieling
  • Synopsis
  • Packed with an all-star cast, The Man marks the triumphant return to the big screen of prolific writer/director, Charlotte Sieling (The Killing, Borgen), using an intergenerational rivalry to satirize the trendy Copenhagen arts scene.

    Celebrity artist Simon Brahe is “The Man” of the Copenhagen arts scene: he’s got a trendy studio apartment, a team of unquestioning interns and has nailed his look of silk pyjamas, which he wears everywhere. But his world is shaken by the appearance of his estranged and very handsome son, Casper, a celebrated and internationally renowned street artist operating under the name “The Ghost”. Simon becomes convinced his son is out to usurp him, especially when Casper begins garnering the attention and acclaim that Simon holds so dear, including from Simon’s girlfriend Darling.
  • Classification
  • E18+, 94 mins
  • Genre
  • Comedy, Drama, Festivals
  • Running Time
  • 94 minutes

Scandinavian Film Festival - Darkland

  • Cast
  • Dar Salim, Stine Fischer Christensen, Ali Sivandi, Roland Møller
  • Director
  • Fenar Ahmad
  • Synopsis
  • With a sharp awareness of genre, Fenar Ahmad injects a shot of adrenalin into Danish cinema with the action-packed box-office hit, Darkland. A revenge thriller taking its stylistic cues from early Nicolas Winding Refn and layered with social criticism, Darkland has been celebrated for its fresh and thrilling portrayal of the ‘two worlds’ of Denmark: the overworld and the underworld.

    Zaid is an upper-class successful Danish surgeon of Muslim heritage. He has a Danish wife and lives in one of Copenhagen’s most fashionable areas – far from the dangerous and congested neighbourhood where he grew up. But when his criminal brother is found murdered, Zaid is pulled back into the brutal world he escaped so many years ago. Finding no help in local detective Claus, who dismisses the case as ‘another Muslim gang-related attack’, Zaid realises he must be the one to avenge his brother and clean up Copenhagen’s underbelly. As he delves back into the depths of the darkland, the film takes us on a synth-filled, neon coloured journey through Copenhagen’s nightlife.
  • Classification
  • E18+, 112 mins
  • Genre
  • Festivals, Thriller
  • Running Time
  • 112 minutes

Scandinavian Film Festival - Little Wing

  • Cast
  • Linnea Skog, Paula Vesala, Antti Luusuaniemi
  • Director
  • Selma Vilhunen
  • Synopsis
  • A tender coming-of-age story, Little Wing centres on the resourceful Varpu as she struggles between fitting in with her friends and her family. The feature debut of Selma Vilhunen, based partly on her own longing for a relationship with her father, who passed away from mental illness.

    Varpu is a young girl navigating the transition into adolescence while living with her emotionally immature mother. Vapru is burdened with being the stronger member of the family, and is in many ways wiser than her mother. Her increasing desire for answers about the world pushes her to look for answers beyond her small apartment. Her first instinct is to look for her estranged father, whom she has no memory of. Despite this, she hopes it might illuminate something about herself if she can only track him down. She teaches herself to drive, and then sets off on a road trip to find her dad.
  • Classification
  • E15+, 100 mins
  • Genre
  • Drama, Festivals
  • Running Time
  • 100 minutes

Scandinavian Film Festival - Sami Blood

  • Cast
  • Lene Cecilia Sparrok, Mia Erika Sparrok, Hanna Alström, Maj-Doris Rimpi
  • Director
  • Amanda Kernell
  • Synopsis
  • Amanda Kernell’s Sami Blood explores the systematic removal of indigenous Sami children from their parents that occurred in Scandinavia over the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

    Set in the 1930s, we follow the reindeer herder Sami girl Elle Marja who is forcibly removed from her family and sent to a state boarding school that teaches the Swedish language and culture, enforcing the idea that their Sami culture is wrong. While there, she is faced with the difficult decision: remain with her people or reject her culture, become Swedish, and start a new life.

    Sami Blood blends the struggles of growing up within the rarely depicted cultural context of Sweden’s oppression of Sami people, events that are familiar within the context of Australian history. Touching on similar themes as seen in Reindeer in My Sami Heart, this film shows the struggle a family faced as they were forced to abandon their culture, some even growing to reject it altogether.
  • Classification
  • E15+, 110 mins
  • Genre
  • Drama, Festivals
  • Running Time
  • 110 minutes

Scandinavian Film Festival - Rosemari

  • Cast
  • Tuva Novotny, Ruby Dagnall, Kristian Fjord, Emil Johnsen, Laila Goody, Helga Guren
  • Director
  • Sara Johnsen
  • Synopsis
  • Multi-award winning director Sara Johnsen helms an all-female cast of rising and established Norwegian stars for this entertaining exploration of love, sex and what it means to be family.

    In the middle of her wedding reception, bride Unn Tove finds a newborn baby abandoned in the hotel bathroom and, unsure of what to do, turns her over to Child Services. Sixteen years later, a young and energetic girl shows up at her doorstep. It’s Rosemari, the baby from the wedding; she wants help to find her parents. Unn Tove, who is now a famous journalist on a popular television show sees an opportunity for a story and agrees to help Rosemari. Together they unravel a story about a young couple’s unrestrained love, an eccentric ex-boxer, and a mother covering up her life’s biggest secret.
  • Classification
  • E18+, 95 mins
  • Genre
  • Comedy, Drama, Festivals
  • Running Time
  • 95 minutes

Scandinavian Film Festival - The King's Choice

  • Cast
  • Jesper Christensen, Anders Baasmo Christiansen, Karl Markovics
  • Director
  • Erik Poppe
  • Synopsis
  • Based on extraordinary true events, Erik Poppe’s superbly-realised box office hit is an absorbing story of morality and honour set during a pivotal moment in World War II, when an unprepared Norway was invaded by German forces and their monarch presented with a terrible ultimatum.

    With the time for mediation between Norway’s passive government and the Nazis' envoy fast running out, and an attempted coup by collaborator Vidkun Quisling underway, King Haakon is faced with a momentous choice: should he recognise Quisling as Prime Minister to prevent bloodshed, or abdicate in the hope of inspiring civilian and military resistance, even with the loss of life that may entail?

    With spectacular production design on a scale that rivals the seminal war dramas of Spielberg and Boorman, The King’s Choice is a commanding, full-blooded epic. Brilliantly depicting the machinations, principles and personal fallout of conflict, it’s a gripping and resonant account of history at a turning point, from a previously untold perspective.
  • Classification
  • M, 130 mins
  • Genre
  • Drama, Festivals, History
  • Running Time
  • 130 minutes

Scandinavian Film Festival - Tom of Finland

  • Cast
  • Pekka Strang, Lauri Tilkanen, Jessica Grabowsky, Jakob Oftebro, Werner Daehn
  • Director
  • Dome Karukoski
  • Synopsis
  • ‘Tom of Finland’ became a notorious emblem of an entire generation of men, and a globally identified symbol of their freedom and sexual liberation. This biography tells of the man behind the iconic signature.

    After suffering from the trauma of WWII, Touko Laaksonen finds no peace at home in Finland, a country where homosexuality is illegal. With the help of his sister, Touko finds work in an advertising agency, but becomes worn down by his inability to express his desires. He spends his nights drawing his fantasies instead: men with strong jawlines, clad in uniform and - frequently - leather. The sketches eventually draw worldwide attention, though not without an escalating risk of persecution….
  • Classification
  • E18+, 115 mins
  • Genre
  • Biography, Drama, Festivals
  • Running Time
  • 115 minutes

Scandinavian Film Festival - Handle with Care

  • Cast
  • Kristoffer Joner, Marlon Moreno, Patricia Castañeda, Amalia Santamaria
  • Director
  • Arild Andresen
  • Synopsis
  • What happens when a widowed father discovers he may not love his adopted son?

    Set between Norway and Colombia, Handle with Care is a heart-breaking journey of a father’s desperation following the loss of his wife and raises difficult but important questions about the duty of a parent. After the death of his wife, offshore oil worker Kjetil has a hard time relating to their adopted son, Daniel, and convinces himself that he needs to return the boy to his birth mother, who must surely miss him. He travels with Daniel back to Colombia under the guise of simply wanting to learn about the boy’s family. As Kjetil and a local driver search for Daniel’s mother, he settles comfortably into life in Colombia, and suddenly Kjetil is presented with an option that could change their lives.
  • Classification
  • E18+, 102 mins
  • Genre
  • Drama, Festivals
  • Running Time
  • 102 minutes

Scandinavian Film Festival - A Hustler's Diary

  • Cast
  • Can Demirtas, Lena Endre, David Nzinga, Toni-Prince Tvrtkovic
  • Director
  • Ivica Zubak
  • Synopsis
  • Rotterdam Film Festival crowd favourite A Hustler's Diary directed by Croatian-Swedish filmmaker Ivica Zubak features a breakout performance by star/co-writer Can Demirtas as an unlikely hero: a petty criminal of Turkish descent who still lives with his widowed mother Fatma and adoring teenage brother Emre in the concrete projects of Jordbro.

    As Metin guides us through his exhilarating and trouble-making life in the Stockholm suburbs, he debates both the positive and negative aspects of his 'stuck in a rut' life through his secret journal. When he misplaces the journal and it is discovered by a top publishing house, the agent offers to publish it and turn him into a star. However, Metin frets over the potential consequences for those mentioned in the book, and must choose between his current criminal life or the chance to be something more.

    Closing the festival with a vividly sketched comedy that touches on the topical issues of national identity and integration, Metin’s volatile world is evoked with affection, sensitivity and hilariously accurate street-smart zap.
  • Classification
  • E18+, 97 mins
  • Genre
  • Comedy, Drama, Festivals
  • Running Time
  • 97 minutes

 

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