FESTIVAL: The Seattle International Film Festival 2017

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The Man (Mesteren)

Directed by Charlotte Sieling

Starring Søren Malling, Jakob Oftebro, Ane Dahl Torp, Sus Wilkins

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.

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Read Our Interview with Charlotte Sieling & Søren Malling


Small Town Killers (Dræberne fra nibe)

Directed by Ole Borndal

Starring Ulrich Thomsen, Nicolas Bro, Lene Maria Christensen, Mia Lyhne

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.

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Read Our Review of Small Town Killers


Tom of Finland

Directed by Dome Karukoski

Starring Pekka Strang, Lauri Tilkanen, Werner Daehn, Jessica Grabowsky

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.

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Read Our Interview with Dome Karukoski

Lake Bodom

Directed by Taneli Mustonen

Starring Nelly Hirst-Gee, Mimosa Willamo, Mikael Gabriel, Santeri Mäntylä

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.

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Read our overview of Lake Bodom



Directed by Guðmundur Arnar Guðmundsson

Starring Baldur Einarsson, Blær Hinriksson, Diljá Valsdóttir, Katla Njálsdóttir, Søren Malling

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.

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Read our interview with Guðmundur Arnar Guðmundsson

The Oath

Directed by Baltasar Kormakur

Starring Hera Hilmar, Baltasar Kormákur, Ingvar Eggert Sigurðsson

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.

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Read our interview with Baltasar Kormakur


The King’s Choice

Directed by Erik Poppe

Starring Jesper Christensen, Anders Baasmo Christiansen, Karl Markovics, Tuva Novotny, Sofie Falkgård, Ingrid Ross Raftemo

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!

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Read our interview with Erik Poppe, Anders Baasmo Christiansen and Jesper Christensen


Directed by Erik Skjoldbjærg

Starring Trond Hjort Nilssen, Per Frisch, Liv Bernhoft Osa, Henrik Rafaelsen, Agnes Kittelsen, Gerdi Schjelderup

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.

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Nowhere to Hide

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.

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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.

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Sami Blood

Directed by Amanda Kernell

Starring Lene Cecilia Sparrok, Hanna Alstrom, Mia Erika Sparrok, Maj-Doris Rimpi, Anders Berg, Katarina Blind, Emilia Bostedt

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.

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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.