Nordic films in the EFA selection 2015

The 52 films selected for the European Film Awards have been announced, and they contain the best in Nordic cinema for 2015. The 28th European Film Awards will be held in Berlin, Germany on the 12th of December, and you can see the full list of nominees here.

A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence

Like modern times’ Don Quixote and Sancho Panza, Sam and Jonathan, two travelling salesmen peddling novelty items, take us on a kaleidoscopic wandering through human destinies. A trip that shows us the beauty of single moments, the pettiness of others, the humour and tragedy that is in us, life’s grandeur as well as frailty of humanity.

Louder Than Bombs

An upcoming exhibition celebrating photographer Isabelle Reed three years after her untimely death brings her eldest son Jonah back to the family house – forcing him to spend more time with his father Gene and withdrawn younger brother Conrad than he has in years. With the three of them under the same roof, Gene tries desperately to connect with his two sons, but they struggle to reconcile their feelings about the woman they remember so differently.

Men and Chicken

The film revolves around two special-natured brothers, Elias and Gabriel. Upon their father’s passing, the two brothers, who are not very fond of each other, find out through the father’s will, that they are adopted. Despite their disagreements, Elias and Gabriel decide to seek out their natural father and set out to the island where their father lives. Meanwhile, a surprise awaits Elias and Gabriel there. Surrounded by the island’s many odd personalities Elias and Gabriel discover a most paralysing, yet liberating truth about themselves and their family.

Miss Julie

1880. Over the course of midsummer night in Fermanagh, Ireland, a daughter of the Anglo-Irish aristocracy encourages her father’s valet to seduce her.

  • Director: Liv Ullmann
  • Country: Norway
  • EFA link


In a secluded valley in Iceland, Gummi and Kiddi live side by side, tending to their sheep. Their ancestral sheep-stock is considered one of the country’s best and the two brothers are repeatedly awarded for their prized rams who carry an ancient lineage. Although they share the land and a way of life, Gummi and Kiddi have not spoken to each other in four decades.

They Have Escaped

In a twist on boy-meets-girl, the gritty and dreamy drama THEY HAVE ESCAPED is set at a juvenile detention center, where the boy, a stuttering introvert, has come to serve his mandatory civil service, and the girl, an attractive extrovert, is in custody. With boundless energy, she’s the kind of girl that trouble always finds. He’s quiet and reserved, but his attraction to her indomitable spirit makes them realize that they share a fire and a disregard for rules, laws and convention. Their environment can’t restrain them, so they steal a car and go on the run – beginning a journey of drugs, sex and endless escapes.

Virgin Mountain

Fúsi, a timid man in his mid-forties, is yet to find the courage to fully enter and embrace the adult world; to lift his wings and leave his nest. He sleepwalks through everyday life, where routine is key.

When a vibrant woman about his own age and an eight-year-old girl unexpectedly enter his life, he is soon forced to step up; take a leap and find out where his wings will take him.



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.