Scandinavian Film Festival 2018

Scandinavian Film Festival 2018

Go North.

The Scandinavian Film Festival 2018 brings you the best in contemporary cinema from Sweden, Denmark, Norway and Iceland. Eleven films showcasing new talent and including award-winners recognised both at home and abroad. 

Join us for a drink on arrival before the premiere of the multi-award winning Icelandic black comedy 'Under the Tree' on Thursday 19th July. 

Opening Night - Under the Tree - Scandinavian Film Festival

  • Cast
  • Steinþór Hróar Steinþórsson, Edda Björgvinsdóttir, Sigurður Sigurjónsson, Selma Björnsdóttir, Lára Jóhanna Jónsdóttir, Þorsteinn Bachmann
  • Director
  • Hafsteinn Gunnar Sigurðsson
  • Synopsis
  • Join us for a drink on arrival before the Hobart premiere of Iceland Academy Award-winner, Under the Tree. All tickets $25
    Drink on arrival at 6.00pm for 6.30pm screening

    SYNOPSIS
    Thirty-something Atli has been thrown out of his marital home, accused of cheating, and has temporarily moved back in with his parents: stern mother Inga and put-upon father Baldvin. Next door, their old friend Konrad now lives with his new, much younger wife, the athletic Eybjorg – whose mere appearance incites torrents of expletives from Inga.

    Eybjorg is infuriated by the way the overhanging branches of Inga’s giant tree block the precious sunshine from their deck, but Inga is resolute in forbidding her husband from trimming it back. Whilst Atli’s desperate and socially questionable attempts to contact his wife and their daughter intensify, the across-the-fence dispute between the neighbouring couples escalates – property is damaged, pets go missing and security cameras are installed…
  • Classification
  • MA15+, 109 mins
  • Genre
  • Comedy, Drama
  • Running Time
  • 109 minutes

Thelma - Scandinavian Film Festival

  • Cast
  • Eili Harboe, Kaya Wilkins, Henrik Rafaelsen, Ellen Dorrit Petersen
  • Director
  • Joachim Trier
  • Synopsis
  • Thelma is a spine-tingling thriller with a deeply romantic heart, about a lonely young woman who discovers she may have supernatural powers.

    Brought up in rural Norway by her religious and quietly domineering mother and father, painfully shy Thelma has recently arrived in Oslo to begin her university studies. At the library one afternoon, she experiences a powerful seizure, and beautiful fellow student Anja is there to help. Developing an overwhelming attraction to her new friend, yet anxious that these feelings betray her beliefs, Thelma begins to manifest a dangerous and uncontrollable power that her parents have long feared…
  • Classification
  • MA15+, 126 mins
  • Genre
  • Drama, Fantasy, Mystery
  • Running Time
  • 126 minutes

Darling - Scandinavian Film Festival

  • Cast
  • Danica Curcic, Astrid Grarup Elbo, Gustaf Skarsgård, Ulrich Thomsen
  • Director
  • Birgitte Stærmose
  • Synopsis
  • World-renowned prima ballerina Darling (Danica Curcic) is returning to Copenhagen to dance the lead in the Royal Danish Ballet’s production of ‘Giselle.’ Thanks to her relationship with the company’s director, Darling has secured her husband Frans the plum job of choreographer.
    But Darling is hiding a hip condition, and after collapsing in agony during rehearsals, her role falls to understudy Polly, a fragile novice who lacks Darling’s high-voltage diva charisma. Unable to let go, Darling decides to train Polly to be the Giselle she can never be, but Darling’s devastation at suddenly becoming second fiddle is starting to wreak havoc on the production, and on her marriage.
  • Classification
  • E15+, 113 mins
  • Genre
  • Drama, Festivals, Foreign
  • Running Time
  • 113 minutes

While We Live - Scandinavian Film Festival

  • Cast
  • Julie Christiansen, Sebastian Jessen, Charlotte Munck, Nicolas Bro, Nikolaj Groth, Julie Brochorst Andersen
  • Director
  • Mehdi Avaz
  • Synopsis
  • Inspired by true events, the five-time Danish Academy Award nominated drama While We Live is a remarkable story of family, loss and love that follows four people in Northern Denmark and how their fates intertwine after a tragic accident.

    When we first meet Kristian, he’s far from the place he grew up. Living and working in Jutland with his fiancé, it’s been five years since he was last in his home town of Gribskov. After news arrives to his doorstep that his surrogate father Peter (Nicolas Bro, Small Town Killers Scandi FF 2017) is terminally ill, Kristian travels home to be by his side. There he learns that everyone still blames him for a devastating accident that tore his family apart, five years earlier. Emotions and conflicts resurface as Kristian faces his ex-girlfriend, Trine (Festival guest Julie Christiansen, in one of the finest Danish performances this year) in a final attempt to, at Peter’s dying request, reunite the family.
  • Classification
  • E15+, 108 mins
  • Genre
  • Drama, Festivals, Foreign
  • Running Time
  • 108 minutes

A Horrible Woman - Scandinavian Film Festival

  • Cast
  • Anders Juul, Amanda Collin, Rasmus Hammerich
  • Director
  • Christian Tafdrup
  • Synopsis
  • This clever comedy explores a dysfunctional relationship – but from the point of view of the boyfriend. When the affable, weak-willed Rasmus meets Marie at a party, he’s instantly drawn to her and in no time they’ve progressed from acquaintances to lovers. After all, Marie is a beautiful, intelligent and funny woman. But it’s not long until Marie reveals her true nature. Is she maybe not the dream woman he thought she was, but a possessive and manipulative nightmare? That's at least what it looks like from Rasmus's perspective.

    But is Marie the horrible one, or is Rasmus’s complacency causing his own despair? Brilliantly edited by Nicolaj Monberg, who lets every passive aggressive encroachment hang in the air for the perfectly excruciating amount of time, this Danish box-office hit just might be the best – or worst – date night film this festival.
  • Classification
  • E18+, 95 mins
  • Genre
  • Drama, Festivals, Foreign
  • Running Time
  • 95 minutes

The Swan - Scandinavian Film Festival

  • Cast
  • Gríma Valsdóttir, Ingvar Eggert Sigurðsson, Thor Kristjansson, Þuríður Blær Jóhannsdóttir, Katla M. Þorgeirsdóttir
  • Director
  • Ása Helga Hjörleifsdóttir
  • Synopsis
  • The story is inspired by a common, but fading Icelandic practice –sending a child to work on a farm, which was considered a test of independence.

    In this coming-of-age drama, Sól represents a free-spirited young soul that is exiled from her natural seaside environment at the most critical stage of her youth. Sent to live with distant relatives, she finds herself instead trapped in an immense, wild and uninviting landscape that makes her feel more isolated than ever.

    Gradually she comprehends that her uncle and aunt's gruff manner isn't ill will. The animals charm her, and she befriends a young Icelandic worker, but when the farmer’s daughter returns home from college, Sól comes to realise that the adult world she’s so imminently entering is more complicated and callous than she could have ever imagined.
  • Classification
  • E18+, 102 mins
  • Genre
  • Drama, Festivals, Foreign
  • Running Time
  • 102 minutes

Border - Scandinavian Film Festival

  • Cast
  • Eva Melander, Eero Milonoff, Viktor Åkerblom, Matti Boustedt, Jörgen Thorsson
  • Director
  • Ali Abbasi
  • Synopsis
  • Tina is a woman who is able to sniff out various sorts of contraband even if they don’t necessarily give off a scent. Coated with unsightly body hair, her teeth jutting, her face bloated and mottled and her body marked by ancient scars, Tina is a fish out of water in the human world.

    Her search for belonging crystallises when Vore passes through customs. Almost instantly, she can tell something is ‘off’ about him but for the first time she can’t quite put her finger on what it is. Strangely attracted, Tina strikes up a friendship that soon blossoms into romance as she gradually learns uncomfortable truths about who she is.
  • Classification
  • E18+, 118 mins
  • Genre
  • Drama, Festivals, Foreign
  • Running Time
  • 118 minutes

Under the Tree - Scandinavian Film Festival

  • Cast
  • Steinþór Hróar Steinþórsson, Edda Björgvinsdóttir, Sigurður Sigurjónsson, Selma Björnsdóttir, Lára Jóhanna Jónsdóttir, Þorsteinn Bachmann
  • Director
  • Hafsteinn Gunnar Sigurðsson
  • Synopsis
  • Thirty-something Atli has been thrown out of his marital home, accused of cheating, and has temporarily moved back in with his parents: stern mother Inga and put-upon father Baldvin. Next door, their old friend Konrad now lives with his new, much younger wife, the athletic Eybjorg – whose mere appearance incites torrents of expletives from Inga.

    Eybjorg is infuriated by the way the overhanging branches of Inga’s giant tree block the precious sunshine from their deck, but Inga is resolute in forbidding her husband from trimming it back. Whilst Atli’s desperate and socially questionable attempts to contact his wife and their daughter intensify, the across-the-fence dispute between the neighbouring couples escalates – property is damaged, pets go missing and security cameras are installed…
  • Classification
  • MA15+, 99 mins
  • Genre
  • Comedy, Drama, Festivals, Foreign
  • Running Time
  • 99 minutes

What Will People Say - Scandinavian Film Festival

  • Cast
  • Maria Mozhdah, Adil Hussain, Rohit Saraf, Ali Arfan, Sheeba Chaddha
  • Director
  • Iram Haq
  • Synopsis
  • As the film opens in Norway, Nisha is balancing two separate lives, slipping out and enjoying the Oslo nightlife with her high-school friends while playing the dutiful daughter at home with her doting but deeply conservative parents and extended family. But when Nisha's budding relationship with a friend is discovered, her father, egged on by his influential social circle, takes drastic action to protect his daughter from the “pitfalls” of life in the West. What develops is both gripping and eye-opening, and very much of-the-moment in terms of cultural relevance and the status of women in society.
  • Classification
  • E15+, 116 mins
  • Genre
  • Drama, Festivals, Foreign
  • Running Time
  • 116 minutes

A Moon of My Own - Scandinavian Film Festival

  • Cast
  • Adam Pålsson, Hanna Alström, Jonas Karlsson, Peter Viitanen, Angelina Håkansson, Pamela Cortes Bruna, Ala Riani.
  • Director
  • Hannes Holm
  • Synopsis
  • Ted Gärdestad’s astonishing rise to fame is like no other in the history of Swedish pop music. In the beginning of the 1970s ‘Tedmania’ swept through Sweden and the entire country marvelled over his joy, energy, talent and his breathtakingly beautiful songs.

    Featuring a stunning central performance from actor and singer Adam Pålsson, who sings and plays guitar on the soundtrack, this highly anticipated biopic tells the story of one of the greatest composers of our time, his strong bond to his brother Kenneth, and his turbulent, dramatic and all too short life. Ted Gärdestad became Sweden’s first teenage heartthrob seemingly overnight – causing him to spiral into a battle with mental illness. But Ted’s story touched an entire nation, with his music defining Swedish pop music, filled as it is with love, pain and hope. The film was a smash-hit in Sweden this year - landing at number 1 at the local box office.
  • Classification
  • E15+, 130 mins
  • Genre
  • Biography, Drama, Festivals, Foreign
  • Running Time
  • 130 minutes

U July 22 - Scandinavian Film Festival

  • Cast
  • Andrea Berntzen, Aleksander Holmen, Brede Fristad, Solveig Koløen Birkeland
  • Director
  • Erik Poppe
  • Synopsis
  • On July 22 2011 an armed, right wing extremist attacked more than 500 youths at a political summer camp on an island outside Oslo.

    U – July 22 is a fictionalised account of the attack from the perspective of the young victims of Utøya. Erik Poppe, the esteemed director of The King’s Choice (Scandi FF 2017) channels his outrage into this drama, which has been created in dialogue with survivors. Among the many indignities of the tragedy is the fact that the media were the first to arrive to the scene that day, and since, the perpetrator has been granted much attention in the press.

    The film primarily takes place on Utøya, where we meet 19-year-old Kaja who is spending a few days of the holiday here with her young sister Emilie. The two are quarrelling because Emilie is in no mood for the camp and has no desire to go to the barbecue. And so Kaja ends up going alone. Suddenly, the first gunshot is heard. This first shot marks the beginning of a breathless 72-minute-long (the actual duration of the attack) reconstruction of events, filmed in a single take, as seen through the eyes of the victims as the unknown assassin gets closer and closer.
  • Classification
  • E15+, 91 mins
  • Genre
  • Drama, Festivals, Foreign
  • Running Time
  • 91 minutes

The Real Estate - Scandinavian Film Festival

  • Cast
  • Léonore Ekstrand, Christer Levin, Christian Saldert
  • Director
  • Måns Månsson, Axel Petersén
  • Synopsis
  • After a life of decadence and living abroad on monthly allowances, 68-year-old Nojet inherits an apartment building from her father who has just died, and returns home to Stockholm, which is in the middle of a housing crisis.

    Inspecting the building for the first time, Nojet meets with several tenants and discovers that the apartments on the 7th floor are all under illegal black market contracts. She brings this up with Chris, her nephew and manager of the building. He denies any fraud, but asks Nojet to show some empathy with the poor tenants, who have no other place to go due to the tough housing market. Disillusioned and clueless Nojet seeks help from Lex, the family lawyer, who only sees two options: keep the building as it is, or sell. Either way a fast turnaround is needed.
  • Classification
  • E18+, 98 mins
  • Genre
  • Drama, Festivals, Foreign
  • Running Time
  • 98 minutes

 

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