Nordic Film Days Lübeck announces programme

The Nordic Film Days in Lübeck has announced its full programme, with a total of 186 films screening at the event, with 17 competing for the NDR Prize. The films will be screened over five days from the 2nd to the 6th of November in the German town and feature many major releases from 2016.

Cinema Scandinavia will be covering the event, which will form a large part of our December 2016 magazine. So keep an eye out for interviews and reviews of many of the films listed below!

Here are some of the films screening at the Nordic Film Days. You can read more about the programme on the Nordic Film Days website


Across the Waters dir. Nicolo Donato

Fuglene Over Sundet is the gripping tale of the Danish Jews’ escape to Sweden in October 1943.

The Day Will Come dir. Jesper W. Nielsen

‘Der kommer en dag’ is a movie about an orphanage where violence and humiliations is a part of the everyday life. The history is based on real stories from a boy home called ‘godhavn’, where lots of boys were victims of violent and sexual abuse and medical experiments.


The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Maki dir. Juho Kuosmanen

The true story of Olli Mäki, the famous Finnish boxer who had a shot at the 1962 World Featherweight title. Immensely talented and equally modest, Olli’s small town life is transformed when he is swept into national stardom and suddenly regarded as a symbol of his country. There’s only one problem: Olli has just fallen in love. Inside of the ring, it’s Finland vs. the USA, but outside, boxing and romance become unlikely adversaries vying for Olli’s attention. This charming feature debut from Juho Kuosmanen was awarded the Un Certain Regard Prize at the Cannes Film Festival.

Devil’s Bride dir. Saara Cantell

The year is 1666 and a lethal witch-hunt is about to begin. The passionate Anna falls intensely in love with her friend Rakel’s husband, Elias, however his interest in her lasts shortly. Hurt and jealous Anna decides to get her revenge by falsely accusing Rakel of witchcraft. When Rakel is arrested Anna realizes the seriousness of her actions, but it might be too late.


The Oath dir. Baltasar Kormákur

Icelandic auteur Baltasar Kormákur (Contraband, 2 Guns, Everest) directs and stars in this psychological thriller about a father who tries to pull his daughter out of her world of drugs and petty crime, only to find that danger can be found in unexpected places.



Revenge dir. Kjersti Steinsbø

In Western Norway, Rebekka is looking for retribution. Under false identity, she seeks out her deceased sister’s violator and embeds herself into his idyllic family to now destroy his life.

Pyromaniac dir. Erik Skjoldbjærg

A ruthless pyromaniac is on the loose in a southern village of Norway. They don’t know he’s no stranger, but one of them. We follow him. The son of the fire brigade chief’s own son, in secret spreading fear.


Small Town Curtain
Small Town Curtains

Small Town Curtains dir. Johan Löfstedt

Since early childhood, Björn has secretly carried an insurmountable fear. When his father dies of old age, he and his four sisters are each left with a video message, that makes him question everything. Director Johan Löfstedt’s extended family play themselves in a heartfelt and unconventional film about life, death and the courage to change.



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.