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Favourite Films: John Matton, Festival director of the Nordic International Film Festival

In our new series Favourite Films, we speak to Nordic directors, producers and actors about the Nordic films that have inspired them.

John Matton, Festival director of the Nordic International Film Festival

John Matton is a multi-award winning actor, screenwriter and producer. He has graduated from the Circle in the Square Theatre School on Broadway, the New York Film Academy and Calle Flygare’s Theatre School of Sweden. John’s productions and films have been screened in more than 40 major festivals in the world.

1. The Celebration (Festen), dir. Thomas Vinterberg

 

I’d choose The Celebration because of its unique way of delivering awkwardness and truth in this beautiful dogma set up.

2. The Hunt (Jagten), dir. Thomas Vinterberg

 

This film has lingered with me years after I’ve seen it, I’m so utterly impressed how a director can achieve such delivery from his team of cast and crew.

3. Oslo, 31 August, dir. Joachim Trier

Another honest, real, well acted and crafted production that I really took to, this film has such melancholy to it and it captivates all the way.

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.