Cinema Scandinavia’s editor-in-chief, Emma Vestrheim, is attending the Göteborg Film Festival on behalf of the website. The Göteborg Film Festival is the largest film festival for Nordic films, and the ‘in Brief’ series is a summary of the films and documentaries Emma sees.
Sweden / Competing for the Dragon Award for Best Nordic Film
Directed by Jesper Ganslandt
Jimmie is an intimate portrait of a father and son in a crisis situation. Due to something occurring in Sweden (we are never told what), a father and his son, Jimmie, are forced to flee to a different country. On this difficult journey they have to take boats, make long treks through woods and fields, and spend time temporarily in refugee centres.
Jimmie is a beautiful film that uses dizzying cinematography to try and depict the crisis solely from the child’s perspective. The fact that director Jesper Ganslandt used his own child Hunter as Jimmie shows just how intimate this film is. It had a strong audience response when it was screened at the festival, and is sure to create a discussion about the current migrant crisis.
Iceland / Competing for the Nordisk Film og TV Fond Television Prize
Stella Blomkvist is the latest television crime drama from Iceland, and boy is it a good one. Based on a collection of novels by an author known as Stella Blomkvist (no one knows their true identity), the series follows lawyer Stella Blomkvist as she takes on mysterious murder cases that are linked to the political elite in Reykjavik.
Season one, which is made up of six episodes and three cases, is fast-paced with its sharp editing, narration by Blomkvist, quick retorts and vibrant characters. Combined with a beautiful neon tone, it creates this classic, almost American-style, type of noir that is so refreshing compared to the slow-paced Nordic Noir that doesn’t reveal its culprit until the final five minutes. It really doesn’t surprise me that half of the country tuned in to its first week as I really can’t fault this series. It’s definitely one of my favourite Nordic crime series so far, and I desperately want to see the rest of it.