Jul 072015
 

They-Have-Escaped

Finnish filmmaker Jukka-Pekka Valkeapää’s (The Visitor) second feature They Have Escaped is an uncompromising thriller about two outcast youngsters on the run from entrapping institutions. With a hypnotic soundscape, and the blend of vivid dream sequences, drug-induced hallucinations and a harsh, unforgiving reality, Valkeapää has created an unnerving cross-country road movie of interesting sensory experimentation and a story of troubled youths refusing to be caged up. His film screened at the 2014 Toronto and Venice International Film Festivals and understandably won the Finnish Oscars for Best Film, Director, Cinematography, Editing and Sound. It is screening at the upcoming Scandinavian Film Festival, presented by Palace Cinemas.

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Jun 182015
 

Rams

The Scandinavian Film Festival is pleased to announce its full repertoire of twenty-two features framed by the witty opening night comedy HERE IS HAROLD (Her Er Harold) and closing night film INGRID BERGMAN: IN HER OWN WORDS (Jag ar Ingrid).

The latter sees Stig Bjorkman deliver a revelatory documentary on Bergman’s personal life through her diary, interviews with family members and never-before-seen private footage, providing a captivating look behind the scenes of the remarkable life of a young Swedish girl who became one of the most celebrated actresses of American and World cinema.

Swedish-Finnish actress and well-known comedian Bianca Kronlöf will be present in Sydney and Melbourne for their opening nights and an exclusive Q&A following the screening of her film UNDERDOG (Svenskjävel), which sees her play 23-year-old Dino, who has fled the mass unemployment of her home country in search of a more worthwhile existence in Oslo, Norway, only to end up in the centre of a scandalous and intense love triangle.

Other Festival highlights include:

Grimur Hakonarson’s RAMS (Hrutar), which was awarded the top prize in Cannes’ Un Certain Regard section. RAMS centres on two brothers from a remote Icelandic farming valley who haven’t spoken in 40 years, but have to come together in order to save what’s dearest to them — their prize-winning flock of sheep.

Anne Sewitsky (winner of Sundance’s World Cinema Grand Jury Prize in 2011 for her début feature, Happy, Happy) returns with HOMESICK (De Naermeste), an intimate portrayal of one woman desperately trying to rewrite past emotional injuries.

Danish Academy-Award winning director Bille August’s SILENT HEART (Stille hjerte), a masterfully crafted drama where three generations of a family gather in a large isolated country home faced with a mother’s ultimate decision.
 
Check out the full programme & purchases your tickets @ http://www.scandinavianfilmfestival.com/
 

Festival dates & locations

WED 8 JULY – SUN 26 JULY: PALACE NORTON STREET, PALACE VERONA
VIC THU 9 JULY – SUN 26 JULY: PALACE CINEMA COMO, PALACE BRIGHTON BAY
ACT TUE 14 JULY – SUN 26 JULY: PALACE ELECTRIC
QLD THU 16 JULY – SUN 26 JULY: PALACE CENTRO
BYRON FRI 17 JULY – THU 23 JULY: PALACE BYRON BAY
SA WED 22 JULY – WED 29 JULY: PALACE NOVA EASTEND CINEMA
WA THU 23 JULY – WED 29 JULY: CINEMA PARADISO
HOBART THU 23 JULY – WED 29 JULY: STATE CINEMA

Jun 282014
 

100-year-old-man_704

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

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