Film Fest Gent unveils Nordic Programme

The 43rd Film Fest Gent in Belgium is planning a special focus on Nordic cinema.

So far the selection of Nordic films include Some confirmed are the Swedish Yarden (The Yard) by Måns Månsson, the Swedish/Norwegain/Danish drama De allvarsamme leken (A Serious Game) by Star Wars ‘actress turned director’ Pernilla August and, in line with its strong tradition of children’s films, the Norwegian Solan & Ludwig: The Big Cheese Race by Rasmus A. Sivertsen. More titles will be announced closer to the festival.

Titles showing in the Nordic Focus include The Yard (Yarden) by Måns Månsson from Sweden, the Swedish/Norwegian/Danish drama A Serious Gameby Pernilla August and Norwegian children’s film Solan & Ludwig: The Big Cheese Race by Rasmus A. Sivertsen.

“By dedicating our film programme to Nordic Cinema, we aim to show that strong, intelligent and moving drama from the countries of the Northern Lights is not restricted to crime literature and popular TV series, but can also be found in the present-day film production of the area,” said festival artistic director Patrick Duynslaegher.

“With movies that are not as heavy and dark as one might expect, filled with deadpan humor, psychological finesse, tantalizing sensuality, weird comedy and a heavy portion of social commitment. Scandinavian, Finnish and Icelandic filmmakers masterfully succeed in reconciling their various artistic inspirations to the ever-changing commercial needs, which often makes it difficult to pinpoint their style,” he added.

There will also be a focus on Japanese film.

The festival takes place between the 11th and 21st of October.


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.