Nordic films in competition at the European Film Festival

The line-up for the 18th European Film Festival in Lecce, Italy, has been announced, with two Nordic films screening in competition.

The first of those films is Framing Mom, a Norwegian film directed by Sara Johnsen. The film stars Tuva Novotny (Nobel) and Ruby Dagnall (Skam), who plays a sixteen-year-old Rosemari who is searching for her biological parents. When Rosemari was a baby, she was discovered on the toilet floor of a hotel by bride Unn Tove (Novotny) on her wedding night, so Rosemari decides to seek for Unn Tove’s help. Together, they unravel a story about a young couple’s unrestrained love, an eccentric ex-boxer with a taste for erotica, and a mother covering up her life’s biggest secret.

The second film screening is Denmark’s In the Blood, directed by Rasmus Heisterberg. The film is set in Copenhagen and follows four students who buy an apartment together in Nørrebro. The film follows them over a summer through their ups, downs and relationships. The film starred mostly up and coming actors, including Elliott Crosset Hove, who we also saw last year in Parents

The festival will also pay tribute to Italian actor and comedian Totò by premiering the restored version of Sergio Corbucci’s Who Hesitates Is Lost.

The European Film Festival takes place between the 3rd and 8th of April 2017.


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.