The 2015 Scandinavian Film Festival is here!

What I love about film festivals is that they exist at all.  When you’ve neither the time nor the money to get to countries and cultures that are on the other side of the world, film festivals – or any festivals, really – can be the cultural lifelines to worlds, viewpoints, artforms and talent you might not find in your home city.

So I was overjoyed to hear about the 2nd annual 2015 Scandinavian Film Festival coming to Palace cinemas nationally from 8th July.

Which is just as well, as Scandinavia is ages away from me – both geographically, and monetary.  So with tickets to a session for the Scandinavian Film Festival going for as little as $19 for an adult ticket (or $17 for a concession), this is a totally accessible insight into Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Finland and Iceland.

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The films

Some of the films you can see this year include:

Here is Harold

Here is Harold (Her er Harold) opens the second Scandinavian Film Festival.  It’s a Norwegian road movie about poor Harold, the owner of small furniture shop “Lunde Furniture”.  After 40 years of business success, an IKEA store opens right next to him, and he sets off for Älmhult, Sweden, to kidnap the founder of IKEA, Ingvar Kamprad. But Kamprad is happy to be kidnapped, so maybe Harold’s not as threatening as he seems? Yes, this is a comedy and one I’m really keen on seeing :)

Underdog

Swedish-Finnish actress and comedian Bianca Kronlöf will be in Sydney and Melbourne for their Opening Nights, where she’ll also hold an exclusive Q&A following the screening of her film Underdog (Svenskjävel).  She plays 23- year-old Dino, who moves to Oslo, Norway only to end up embroiled in a scandalous love triangle.

Here is Harold - and he's off to kidnap the IKEA founder.  Just one of the many films at this year's Scandinavian Film Festival.  -- Image courtesy of festival promoters

Here is Harold – and he’s off to kidnap the IKEA founder. Just one of the many films at this year’s Scandinavian Film Festival. — Image courtesy of festival promoters

Out of Nature

Out of Nature (Mot nature) is a commentary on middle-class life, and the Norwegian penchant for idealising nature. It’s directed by Norwegian Writer/Actor/Director Ole Giæver, who was named by Variety as one of the 10 Europeans to watch.

Ingrid Bergman: In Her Own Words

Film buffs the world over will know of Ingrid Bergman, and the festival’s closing night film is Stig Bjorkman’s documentary, straight from Cannes, Ingrid Bergman: In her Own Words (Jag ar Ingrid). We’re given an eye-opening look into this iconic actress’ life through her diary, interviews with family members and never-before-seen private footage.

The documentary "Ingrid Bergman: In Her Own Words" will screen at the Scandinavian Film Festival.   Photo courtesy of photo credit: Ingrid Bergman via photopin (license)

The documentary “Ingrid Bergman: In Her Own Words” will screen at the Scandinavian Film Festival.
Photo credit: Ingrid Bergman via photopin (license)

More information

For more information, ticket sales and session times, visit www.scandinavianfilmfestival.com.  Tickets are on sale now.  Check the list below to catch the festival in your city:

LISTING DETAILS:

  • NSW – 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

 

Featured photo credit courtesy of Scandinavian Film Festival promoters.

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