New Nordic Films on display at NIFF

The Norwegian International Film Festival has started in the small town Haugesund, and one of the main focuses of the festival is the New Nordic Films section.

But what is this New Nordic Films section? It’s fairly similar to Goteborg’s New Nordic Films section, which takes place in February. Aside from presenting 22 completed movies, including 16 premieres, the New Nordic Films at NIFF will showcase 11 films still being completing, while the co-production forum will introduce participants to 24 projects in development, including the 7 Nordic Genre Boost films.

Some of the films we can look forward to coming out of the Nordic countries in the near future are:


  • Dir: Pipaluk K. Jørgensen
  • Country: Greenland)

Produced by Karitas Production, Anori focuses on a pop singer whose life is turned upside down after she unexpectedly falls in love with an Arctic Command officer she’s just met while touring in a small village of Greenland.

The Big Cheese Race

Louis & Nolan – The Big Cheese Race

  • Dir: Rasmus A. Sivertsen
  • Country: Norway

Louis & Nolan — The Big Cheese Race brings back the popular characters from The Christmas of Louis & Nolan, which Sivertsen directed in 2013. It’s produced by Maipo Film and sold by Sola Media.

Primus Motor 2

Primus Motor

  • Dir: Rune Denstad Langlo
  • Country: Norway

Primus Motor follows the journey of a financially struggling Norwegian mountain resort hotel owner with a racist streak who decides to work a state-funded asylum reception center, where he has to deal with 50 unruly refugees, most of them Muslims and Arabic-speakers.

A MAN CALLED OVE_Photo by Anders Nicander

A Man Called Ove

  • Dir: Hannes Holms
  • Country: Sweden

Based on a novel, this film centres on a 59-year-old grumpy and iron-fisted man who strikes a friendship with a pregnant woman who has just moved in across from his home.

The Serious Game

A Serious Game

  • Dir: Pernilla August
  • Country: Sweden

Based on Hjalmar Söderberg’s novel and penned by Lone Scherfig (“An Education”), A Serious Game depicts the fiery and epic passion between Arvid Stjärnblom, a journalist, and Lydia Stille, daughter of a painter.

The Last King

The Last King 

  • Dir: Nils Gaup
  • Country: Norway

Norway is ravaged by civil war, and the prince Haakon Haakonsson is born in secrecy. A boy half the kingdom is out to kill, and whom two men have to protect with their own lives. The Last King is the story of the escape which changed the history of Norway forever.

In Front of Others

  • Dir: Oskar Jonasson
  • Country: Iceland


  • Dir: Rúnar Rúnarsson
  • Country: Iceland

Shy and introverted Hubert resorts to his uncanny ability to mimic others to break the ice with Hanna, a primary school teacher. As their realationship develops, Hubert´s impersonations gradually get out of hand – with unforeseen consequences.

Starts filming summer 2015 and is supported by the Icelandic Film Centre.

White People

  • Dir: Lisa Aschan
  • Country: Sweden

Men & Chicken

  • Dir: Anders Thomas Jensen
  • Country: Denmark


  • Dir: Kari Anne Moe
  • Country: Norway

Gold Coast

  • Dir: Daniel Dencik
  • Country: Denmark


  • Dir: Grimur Hakonarsson
  • Country: Iceland

The Shamer’s Daughter

  • Dir: Kenneth Kainz
  • Country: Denmark

The Here After

  • Dir: Magnus von Horn
  • Country: Denmark

The Homecoming

  • Dir: Bjorn Hlynur Haraldsson
  • Country: Denmark


  • Dir: Christian Tafdrup
  • Country: Denmark

Returning Home

  • Dir: Henrik Martin Dahlsbakken
  • Country: Norway

Louder Than Bombs

  • Dir: Joachim Trier
  • Country: Norway

An upcoming exhibition celebrating renowned photographer Isabelle Reed three years after her untimely death brings her eldest son back to the family house – forcing him to spend more time with his father and withdrawn younger brother than he has in years. With the three of them under the same roof, the father Gene tries desperately to connect with his two sons, but they struggle to reconcile their feelings about the wife and mother they remember so differently.

Doctor Proctor’s: Bubble in the Bathtub

  • Dir: Arild Frohlich
  • Country: Norway


  • Dir: Aslaug Holm
  • Country: Norway

Ingrid Bergman: In Her Own Words

  • Dir: Stig Bjorkman
  • Country: Sweden



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.