Nordic films at the Moscow International Film Festival 2017

About the Festival

The Moscow International Film Festival runs from the 22nd to the 29th of June 2017 in Moscow, Russia.

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Darkland / Underverden

Directed by Fenar Ahmad

Starring Dar Salim, Roland Møller, Stine Fischer Christensen, Dulfi Al-Jabouri

Screening in the Main Competition

Zaid is a successful surgeon and lives in a fancy apartment with his pregnant girlfriend. One night Zaid’s younger brother, Yasin, knocks on his door and asks his brother for money. Zaid refuses. A few days later Yasin gets assaulted and killed. Since the police are not very helpful, Zaid feels forced to find out who did it himself and embarks on a mission to eliminate all the criminal gangs in Copenhagen. He disguises himself and takes on the criminal underworld. But Zaid’s persistent battle results in serious consequences for himself and his family, and he has to decide if the price of revenge is worth it all.


Star Boys / Kaiken se Kestää

Directed by Visa Koiso-Kanttila

Screening in the Main Competition

Star Boys is a story of two families being torn apart by disintegrating moral values when the sexual revolution arrives at a conservative and religious small town in Northern Finland. The film takes us inside the lives of two families through the eyes of the children, 13-year-old Star boys, forced to observe from too close a distance the consequences of their parents’ sexual liberation and endless need for love and freedom.

The Other Side of Hope / Toivon tuolla puolen

Directed by Aki Kaurismäki

In The Other Side Of Hope, Syrian refugee Khaled stows away on a freighter to Helsinki. Meanwhile, Wikström is a travelling salesman who wins big at a poker table and buys himself a restaurant with the proceeds. When the authorities turn down his application for asylum, Khaled is forced underground and Wikström finds him sleeping in the yard behind his restaurant. He offers him a job and a roof over his head and, for a while, they form a Utopian union with the restaurant’s waitress, the chef and his dog.


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.