Copenhagen’s largest film festival, CPH:PIX, is set to kick off in around a week, and the programme for the festival has made us incredibly excited about the Nordic films being released this year. We have gone through and picked out the titles that you should either be off to see in Copenhagen or eagerly awaiting international release for:
Dir.: Jeppe Rønde | Denmark 2015 | 99 min
A dark and disturbing thriller based on real events. In just five years, nearly 80 young people have hanged themselves in the Welsh town of Bridgend and Sara is on track to become the next one as she moves to the city with her father and is initiated into a secret society where the city’s youth worship death in morbid rituals. Hair-raising, stylish feature film debut from Jeppe Rønde.
Sounds like the Nordic Noir genre is just getting better and better. Fans of dark, gritty, Danish cinema can be eager for this one. It’s already generating buzz on the international market.
(Nominated for Grand Pix)
Dir.: Ronnie Sandahl | Sweden, Norway 2014 | 97 min
‘Svenskjävel’ is the original title of this thoughtful portrayal of a young girl who, as thousands others, leaves ‘du gamla, du fria’ to take a shitty job in Norway where the oil money flows a bit more loosely. A thoughtful social-realistic drama about a neglected Nordic reality.
We are hearing nothing but good things about Underdog. It’s already picking up awards worldwide, and we’re keeping our eye on an international release.
(Nominated for Grand Pix)
Paris of the North
Dir.: Hafsteinn Gunnar Sigurðsson | Iceland, Denmark, France 2014 | 95 min
37-year-old Hugi is a teacher in a small Icelandic hamlet. He teaches the school’s seven students, goes to meetings in the microscopic AA group and keeps his own company. Until his thirsty father emerges from Thailand. A charming depiction of the creaking friendship between vulnerable men with room for frustration, humor and a bit of cynicism.
We’ve already reviewed this one with varying results. Despite the mix, we love Icelandic cinema and really do see why Paris of the North has generated so much buzz over the past year.
New Danish Talent
We couldn’t pick the best of this list as they all sound like incredibly promising films. Cinema Scandinavia supports new Nordic talent, so we recommend checking out all of these films. We personally like the sounds of Movie Battle! Read the whole list here
Out of Nature
Dir.: Ole Giæver | Norway 2014 | 80 min
The Scandinavian man is in crisis. Just think of Ruben Östlund’s ‘Force Majeure’. Or look at Martin who goes to the mountains to find himself in the wild and literally ends up on his ass with hair down his neck. A new backbone is not something you grow over a weekend. But it is a pleasure to see the poor man try.
With a description like that, how could you not get excited? We saw this one recently, and absolutely loved the way it uses one of the most Nordic elements to convey a Nordic problem. Also, with our upcoming magazine all about nature, we are glad to see a section on CPH:PIX dedicated to nature!
The festival runs from 7-22 April 2015 in Copenhagen. Find more info over at the website: http://www.cphpix.dk/