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A Pattern of islands: The power of personalised genres

1. Atoll Order

In 1952 a young British diplomat called Arther Grimble was posted to the (South Sea) Gilbert and Ellis Islands and he wrote of his amusing experiences in a book called A Pattern Of Islands. This phrase also seems a good image for a trip through selected Nordic films from the last few decades (while trying to avoid ship-wreck on the rocks of over-extended metaphor en route…).

The pattern – and purpose - is that of individual psychological meaning.

The islands are, of course, the five Nordic . . .

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Emma Vestrheim

Emma Vestrheim is the editor-in-chief of Cinema Scandinavia. Originally from Australia, she is now based in Bergen, Norway, and attends major Nordic film festivals to conduct interviews and review new films.