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New Nordic films screening at Scandinavia House

A selection of new Nordic films are screening at the Scandinavia House throughout March and April.

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The films screening are:

Denmark

WALK WITH ME

Directed by Lisa Ohlin

Deployed on a mission in Helmand, Afghanistan, 25-year-old Thomas is seriously injured when he steps on a landmine. As he recovers at a local rehabilitation center, he meets Sofie, an ascending ballerina from the Royal Danish Ballet, who is helping a relative regain strength after a long-term illness.

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THE DAY WILL COME

Directed by Jesper W. Nielsen

Inspired by true events and set in the blooming 1960s, The Day Will Come centers around two young brothers who are instantly robbed of their lives when they are placed in a boy’s home forgotten by time. The year is 1967, and a blooming youth culture is on the rise. In a working-class neighborhood of Copenhagen, two inseparable brothers, Elmer and Erik, are taken from their ill mother and put in the Gudbjerg Home for Boys. Here, Headmaster Heck practices his own brand of philosophy and regulation, where unruly boys are transformed into obedient citizens at any cost.

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Read our interview with the writer, Søren Sveistrup

Finland

THE OTHER SIDE OF HOPE

Directed by Aki Kaurismaki

This wry, melancholic comedy from Aki Kaurismäki, a clear-eyed response to the current refugee crisis, follows two people searching for a place to call home. Displaced Syrian Khaled (Sherwan Haji) lands in Helsinki as a stowaway; meanwhile, middle-aged salesman Wikström (Sakari Kuosmanen) leaves behind his wife and job and buys a conspicuously unprofitable seafood restaurant. After Khaled is denied asylum, he decides not to return to Aleppo—and the paths of the two men cross fortuitously.

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MIAMI

Directed by Zaida Bergroth

When Anna is reunited with her estranged half-sister Angela, who arrives back in her hometown to dazzle the locals with her glamorous exotic dancer troupe, she gladly trades her small-town life for an adrenaline-fueled existence on the road, andembraces the world of exotic dancing.

But when an overdue loan payment draws both of them into a reckless blackmailing scheme, and as the duo are led deeper into the underworld of large-scale government corruption, they must rely on their new bond of sisterhood to save themselves from danger.

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Iceland

RIFT

Directed by Erlingur Óttar Thoroddsen

Months after they’ve broken up, Gunnar is woken up late at night by a call from his former boyfriend, Einar, who is staying at his family’s summer home in Rökkur. When Einar confesses that he has the feeling he isn’t alone, Gunnar drives out to join him at the secluded and remote site settled among stunning Icelandic vistas.

As the two work to navigate their broken relationship and make amends with the past, knowing that they still haven’t gotten over one another, they must also come to terms with their own issues—as well as a mysterious stranger lurking outside the cabin. Erlingur Óttar Thoroddsen skillfully maneuvers among suggestive moods in a drama flourishing in what’s left unsaid.

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CRUELTY

Directed by Anton Sigurdsson

After two young girls, ages seven and ten, disappear from a playground and are found brutally murdered, Reykjavik is rocked by the tragedy. As detectives Edda Davíðsdóttir and Jóhannes Scram track down clues, determined to solve the case by any means necessary, they also to uncover a series of disturbing details that makes them realize that it may be one of the worst crimes in the history of the city.

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Norway

FRAMING MOM

Directed by Sara Johnsen

During her wedding reception, young bride Unn Tove finds a newborn girl abandoned in a hotel restroom, and turns her over to social services. Sixteen years later that girl — now an adolescent, named Rosemari — turns up at her doorstep, looking for answers.

When Unn Tove, now a mother of two and a radio broadcaster, decides to help Rosemari on her quest in exchange for filming an episode on the story, both unravel their own complex histories as well as the mysterious love story behind Rosemari’s birth.

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Read our interview with Sara Johnsen

GOING WEST

Directed by Henrik Martin Dahlsbakken

In this warm and comic road-trip film from Henrik Martin Dahlsbakken (Norway, 2017), music teacher Kaspar learns that his mother, an expert quilter who has been scheduled to compete on the island of Ona, has passed away. To honour her legacy, he travels alongside his estranged transgender father to bring her final masterpiece to the competition.

Throughout a series of unexpected encounters along the road, the two come to terms with their sorrow and rebuild their fractured relationship.

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Sweden

THE GIANT

Directed by Johannes Nyholm

Rickard is a 30-year-old man who, due to his autism and a physical disability, finds it difficult to communicate with others. But he finds comfort by retreating into a rich fantasy world, where his adventures as a giant roaming across a picturesque landscape help him to cope with everyday life, and by competing as his care facility’s star player in petanque, a French bowling game.

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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.