Issue 15 / September 2016

Off the Map is a Finnish road movie about two women: one running from her boyfriend’s affair and a little girl running from her living conditions. Not quite a comedy and not quite a drama, Off the Map is...
Following up from his widely successful short Child Eater (2012), Icelandic director Erlingur Thoroddsen is back with the Kickstarter-funded feature film equivalent, also titled Child Eater. The feature-length equivalent expands on the world and legend Thoroddsen created in his...
Scandinavian witch drama crossed with a love triangle makes for over two hours of a mix between Days of Our Lives and Day of Wrath. Between bloody executions and false executions is a young girl’s selfish desire for the...
Straight out of the editing room, Trine Dyrholm, Danish actress and winner of numerous Bodil awards, took a moment to speak to us about her recent work on The Commune and The Legacy. Yes, I’ve actually just been editing. I’ve...
Described as one of Norway’s biggest releases in 2016, The Lion Woman follows the story of Eva Arctander, a girl born with hair all over her body. We attended the premiere of The Lion Woman and spoke to the cast...
The Scottish-made documentary The Islands and the Whales is set in the remote Faroe Islands, and through much of the documentary we are treated to the rugged scenery that comes with this far-away country. The mountains seem to be...
In the middle of her wedding reception, the doubtful bride Unn Tove (Tuva Novotny) finds a newborn baby girl abandoned in the hotel restroom. She turns her over to Child Services. 16 years later, a young and energetic girl...
Life changes you no matter what. You will be formed, as you would be in a every day life – if you got divorced, had a child, or if you lived in a small rural town where nothing happened...
Hrönn Marinósdóttir, who is the festival director at the Reykjavík International Film Festival (RIFF), visited Hungary for the first time to be the head of the jury at the Titanic International Film Festival (Titanic) back in April 2016. We...

Magnus

Just as no man is a hero to his valet, no man is a genius to his family. Magnus is an engaging film about the life of 25-year-old Norwegian world chess champion Magnus Carlsen, as told largely through the...
When did you decide to pick up a camera and document your own life? About four years ago I was struggling with a lot of panic attacks and anxiety and was at the edge of a deep depression when producer...
Looking back to the past few years of Norwegian cinema, the film industry has clearly been affected by the Hollywood system of ‘the more money you spend, the more money you make’. In that sense, Norwegian cinema is increasingly...
The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Mäki, a film based on the life of a legendary Finnish boxer, came out swinging in a bout with the big boys and girls in Cannes. Its win of the Un...
Please tell us about Devil’s Bride. It’s a story about betrayal and atonement. These are the themes that I wanted to deal with. The main character is a 16-year-old girl, Anna, who tries to make up for something terrible that...
Fragility is the very personal story of Ahang Bashi, a Swedish documentary film-maker who was born in Iran and fled to Sweden with her parents when she was a small child. Having never really dealt with the challenges and...
A wave of Icelandic cinema has been sweeping the international festivals, with films like Of Horses and Men, Virgin Mountain and Rams winning several awards. In a period of economic downturn and lack of money, small, insightful and often...
This year the 44th Norwegian Film Festival took place in Haugesund between the 20th and 26th of August. The sleepy town of Haugesund in southern Norway is famous for King Harald Fairhair, the first king of Norway, living nearby the...
Off the Map is an action road movie about a journey that follows a single career woman called Katri and a little girl called Anna. Katri is a typical city woman: her fashion choices consist of either white or...
Please tell us about the film. Child Eater is an old-school type of horror film about Helen, a babysitter battling a bogeyman out in the woods after he abducts Lucas, the little kid she’s been watching. And this particular bogeyman...

Cave

Cave, the latest film by Henrik Martin Dahlsbakken, is neither for the claustrophobic or hydrophobic. The film has packed enough anxiety into its ninety-minute time-frame to make you believe you are deep in the cave in rural Norway. The...
Bold, provocative, and irritating. Childish, petulant, and oversexed. All this can be said of an early 18th-century Danish–Norwegian, the Great Northern war hero Peter Wessel Tordenskjold. These descriptors apply just as well to Satisfaction 1720, a bawdy film romp...