Nordic films compete at the Sundance Film Festival

You know it’s almost the new year when the Sundance Film Festival, arguably America’s largest indie film festival, starts announcing the programme. Luckily for us, in 2017 some Nordic films are going to be competing in the, well, competition.

In the World Cinema Competition, the Swedish-Danish film The Nile Hilton Incident (pictured) will be competing against 11 other films. This film takes place in Cairo, weeks before the 2011 revolution, where Police Detective Noredin is working in the infamous Kasr el-Nil Police Station. he is handed the case of a murdered singer and soon realises that the investigation concerns the power elite, close to the President’s inner circle. Fares Fares has the leading role and our interview with him will be published on the website next week. The film is directed by Tarik Saleh and no local release date has been announced.

In the World Documentary Competition, a few Nordic titles can be spotted.

The Finnish/Bulgarian The Good Postman is one of the selections. In a small Bulgarian village troubled by the ongoing refugee crisis, a local postman runs for mayor—and learns that even minor deeds can outweigh good intentions.

The Danish documentary Last Men in Aleppo, directed by Feras Fayyad and Steen Johannessen, is set in Aleppo, Syria. After five years of war, the remaining residents prepare themselves for a siege. Khalid, Subhi and Mahmoud, founding members of The White Helmets, have remained in the city to help their fellow citizens—and experience daily life, death, struggle and triumph in a city under fire.

You can take a look at all the films competing here. 

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.