European Film Festival brings Scandinavian films to Myanmar

The 25th European Film Festival is about to kick off in Myanmar, with films from Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden set to premiere in the region, plus other films from European countries.

This will be the first time Danish and Norwegian films have screened at the festival.

From Denmark we have Silent Heart, the Bille August film starring big names like Paprika Steen, Danica Curcic and Pilou Asbaek. The film follows three generations of a family coming together over a weekend. A sick mother’s wish to die before her disease worsens gets harder to handle as old conflicts come to the surface.

Finland’s choice is The Fencer. This Golden Globe nominee tells the story of a young Estonian fencer fleeing from the Russian police. He returns to his homeland, where he becomes a physical education teacher at a local school. The past catches up with him and he is forced to make a difficult choice.

Kiss Me, Dammit! is the film representing Norway. This 2013 film follows some teenagers ambitiously setting up a famous Jon Fosse-play, and they hire a well known actor to be an instructor, going through a life crisis. He makes the play hell for them all.


Lastly, Nice People from Sweden is screening at the festival. Nice People follows the first ever Somali bandy team in their struggle to reach the World Championship in Siberia in 2014.

Here’s the full programme:

  • Fri, Sep 16th – The Fencer” [Finland] (6 pm)
  • Sat, Sep 17th – La Grande Bellezza” [Italy] (3:30 pm) & “La Isla Minima” [Spain] (6:30 pm)
  • Sun, Sep 18th – “X+Y” [UK] (3:30 pm) & “Nice People” [Sweden] (6:30 pm)
  • Mon, Sep 19th – “Stille Hjerte” [Denmark] (3:30 pm) & “Heidi” [Switzerland] (6:30 pm)
  • Tue, Sep 20th – “Michiel de Ruyter” [Netherlands] (3:30 pm) & “Deux Jours une Nuit” [Belgium] (6:30 pm)
  • Wed, Sep 21st – “Comme un Avion” [France] (3:30 pm) & “Kyss meg for faen i helvete” [Norway] (6:30 pm)
  • Thu, Sep 22nd – “Nice People” [Sweden] (3:30 pm) & “Victoria” [Germany] (6:30 pm)
  • Fri, Sep 23rd – “The Fencer” [Finland] (3:30 pm) & “Stille Hjerte” [Denmark] (6:30 pm)
  • Sat, Sep 24th – “Victoria” [Germany] (3:30 pm) & “Comme un Avion” [France] (6:30 pm)
  • Sun, Sep 25th – “Deux Jours une Nuit” [Belgium] (3:30 pm) & “Michiel de Ruyter” [Netherlands] (6:30 pm)
  • Mon, Sep 26th – “Kyss meg for faen i helvete” [Norway] (3:30 pm) & “La Grande Bellezza” [Italy] (6:30 pm)
  • Tue, Sep 27th – “La Isla Minima” [Spain] (3:30 pm) & “X+Y” [UK] (6:30 pm)

The movies at Yangon Gallery:

  • Sat, Sep 24th – “Rico, Oskar und die Tieferschatten” [Germany] (2:30 pm) & “Pat and Mat” [Czech Rep] (5:30 pm)
  • Sun, Sep 25th – “Ernest et Celestine” [France] (2:30 pm) & “Heidi” [Switzerland] (5:30 pm)

Here’s a link to the festival website. 


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.