FESTIVAL: The Seattle International Film Festival 2017
The Man (Mesteren)
Directed by Charlotte Sieling
World-famous artist Simon is the king of the Danish art scene, but his confidence is shaken when long-lost son Caspar reappears and begins to eclipse his father in Charlotte Sieling’s stylish and heartfelt story of learning to look past the male ego and let love rule.
Small Town Killers (Dræberne fra nibe)
Directed by Ole Borndal
Danish stars Nicolas Bro and Ulrich Thomsen, last seen together in Adam’s Apples, star in a darkly comic, gleefully inappropriate comedy about two best friends who hire a Russian hitman to kill their wives, only to find the tables turned and themselves on top of the kill list.
Directed by Dome Karukoski
A captivating biopic of artist Touko Laaksonen, aka Tom of Finland, one of the most influential gay artists of the 20th century, whose trailblazing homoerotic illustrations were created while homosexuality in his country was illegal. Winner of the FIPRESCI prize at the Gothenburg Film Festival.
Directed by Taneli Mustonen
Bringing exhilarating new twists to the “Don’t go in the woods” genre, Lake Bodum is named after the campsite where four teenagers were murdered in 1960. Now, a group of modern teens returns to the site to morbidly reconstruct the murder scenes and find that history is gruesomely repeating itself.
Directed by Guðmundur Arnar Guðmundsson
In a remote fishing village along the majestic, jagged Icelandic coast, two teenage boys experience a turbulent summer as one tries to win the heart of a girl while the other discovers new feelings toward his best friend.
Directed by Baltasar Kormakur
When his daughter gets involved with a manipulative drug dealer, a loving father fights to save her and finds himself resorting to extreme measures in a dramatic Taken-style psychological thriller from Icelandic director and star Baltasar Kormakur.
Directed by Erik Poppe
This dramatic wartime epic, shortlisted for the 2017 Best Foreign language Oscar®, is set over the course of three days in 1940 when the ageing King of Norway is presented with an unimaginable ultimatum from the German army: Surrender or die!
Directed by Erik Skjoldbjærg
Norwegian director Erik Skjoldbjærg (Insomnia) returns with a slow-burn psychological thriller based on the true story of a fire chief’s son of who terrorises his rural community with a series of increasingly dangerous fires over the course of a long, hot summer.
Directed by Zaradasht Ahmed
Starring Mette Cheng Munthe-Kaas, Hans Husum, Stina Gardell
Filmed over a five-year period, an Iraqi medic keeps an intimate chronicle of the turbulent daily life for residents in the dangerous “triangle of death,” turning the camera on his own family when they are forced to flee their home city due to approaching ISIS forces.
The Nile Hilton Incident
Directed by Tarik Saleh
Starring Fares Fares, Mari Malek, Mohamed Yousry, Yasser Ali Maher, Ahmed Selim, Hania Amar
Of Egyptian descent, Tarik Saleh is a Swedish television producer, animator, journalist, and director. He is stylistically known for his montages, cut-out graphics, and lip-synching. He co-founded the Swedish production company Atmo.
Directed by Amanda Kernell
A coming-of-age drama set in 1930s Sweden, “Sami Blood” is the prejudiced term used to describe an indigenous girl, played by poised newcomer Lene Cecilia Sparrok, who attends a state school that pressures her to break ties with her family and culture.