It must be something to do with to the extremely cold winters and stunningly gorgeous summers, the films that come out of Scandinavia are rather unique. I’m not sure any other part of the world could make a good comedy out of death quite the way that they can.
Lovers of Scandinavian film rejoice! Australia now has it’s very own Scandinavian Film Festival, set to hit selected Palace Cinema locations around the country in July. The festival features 21 outstanding films selected from Norway, Denmark, Sweden, Finland and Iceland.
The festival will open with Swedish Blockbuster The 100 Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared, a colourful comedy based on the international bestselling novel of the same name by Jonas Jonasson.
Other highlights from the programme:
Pioneer – Director Erik Skjoldbjærg (Insomnia, Prozac Nation) has created a thrilling, claustrophobic conspiracy based on true events. With its emphasis on the inky blackness of the deep-sea and confined spaces, Pioneer is suspenseful, edgy and full of tension.
Metalhead – The rugged, isolated beauty of Iceland is a fitting backdrop to this powerful family drama of loss and grief. Despite the steely title, beautifully nuanced performances enhance this quietly compassionate film that respects the sounds of heavy metal, without turning up the volume.
Waltz for Monica – Monica, a young, rebellious small town girl is determined to make it as a singer in the vibrant sixties jazz clubs of Stockholm, and even New York City. Beautiful and sensual, she embarks on the singing career of her dreams, and an exquisite singer and actress evolves in the golden era of jazz.
Festival dates & locations
CANBERRA 8-20 July Palace Electric
SYDNEY 9-27 July Palace Norton St & Palace Verona
MELBOURNE 10-27 July Palace Cinema Como & Palace Brighton Bay
BRISBANE 11-20 July Palace Centro
ADELAIDE 23-31 July Palace Nova Eastend
PERTH 24-30 July Cinema Paradiso
>BYRON BAY 25-30 July Palace Byron Bay
For more information and session times visit www.scandinavianfilmfestival.com
Follow the festival on Twitter: @ScandiFFAu