The Scandinavian Film Festival will return to cinemas this July/August.
The programme is curated with films and events which showcase the best in new Nordic cinema – the first round of highlights are here.
Opening the festival is ‘Wildland’ from Jeanette Nordahl, set in Denmark’s underbelly and following a teenage girl placed in the care of her estranged aunt, the head of a family crime syndicate.
Then, from Finland, ‘Games People Play’ sees a group of old friends gathering at an idyllic Finnish seaside villa to celebrate a surprise birthday where old feelings and power struggles rise to the surface. It stars Laura Birn and Christian Hillborg.
‘The Country’ is at the centrepiece of the festival, a follow-up to Grimur Hakonarson’s ‘Rams’. It’s a rousing, David-And-Goliath comedy about a dairy farmer’s wife taking on the corrupt local co-op in her remote Icelandic valley.
'Games People Play'
Rising Norwegian star Josefine Frida Pettersen shines in ‘Disco’ from Jorunn Myklebust Syversen, about a young evangelical dance champion whose faith is tested, prompting a search for radical solutions.
Crowned Best Nordic Film at 2021’s Göteborg Film Festival, ‘Tigers’ is the true story of former Inter Milan player Martin Bengtsson who lifted the lid on the world where everyone has a price tag.
“We emerge from hibernation with a stunning selection of the best Nordic cinema, including award-winning films direct from the 2021 Göteborg Film Festival featuring the brightest stars from the region,” Festival Director Elysia Zeccola says.
Scandinavian Film Festival Dates
6-28 July – Sydney 7-28 July – Canberra 8-28 July – Melbourne 13 July-4 August – Adelaide 14 July-4 August – Perth 15 July-4 August – Brisbane 16 July-1 August – Byron Bay