Luxembourg has a new addition to the film festival calendar with the first Nordic film week set to take over cinema screens from June 2 to 6.
The Nordic Film Festival will showcase six films from Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden, with one Luxembourg co-production also in the mix.
However, if you’re expecting a week of gloomy Nordic noir, there is a lot more to discover.
The opening night film is The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared, the silver screen adaptation of the best-selling debut novel by Swedish author Jonas Jonasson. While the film will also go on general release in the Grand Duchy, the festival screening on June 2 will be the only chance to catch the comedy with English subtitles.
On June 3, Luxembourg-Finnish coproduction Clownwise, which also includes production partners from France, Slovakia and the Czech Republic, will celebrate its Luxembourg premiere at the Kulturfabrik in Esch.
The comedy-drama tells the story of Communist-era Czechoslovakia clown trio Oskar, Max and Viktor, whose friendship breaks apart; but an unexpected reunion leaves hope to recapture some of their former glory.
Thrillers, crime and coming-of-age drama
Also on the programme is Norwegian thriller Pioneer on June 4 about 1970s deep sea divers who paved the way for oil and gas harvesting in the North Sea. The same night Ciné Utopia also hosts The Deep, an Icelandic action drama based on real events about a fishing boat ship-wreck, which leaves one man in the freezing seas off the coast of Iceland to make his way back to the shore.
On June 5, The Keeper of Lost Causes, the first in a series of crime novels by Jussi Adler-Olsen, comes to the big screen. The film topped the Danish box office and sees Inspector Carl Mørck on the hunt to solve the mysterious disappearance of a politician.
Swedish coming-of-age film We Are the Best will be the final screening of the week on June 6, telling the story of three misfit girls who decide to form a punk band.