Nordic films in TIFF’s Contemporary World Cinema program

The Toronto International Film Festival has announced its World Cinema program, and it contains half a dozen of the best of the best in Nordic films. Here are the Nordic films screening in the program:

Homesick (Norway) – dir. Anne Sewitsky

Bedevilled by shared demons, a young woman and her half-brother find comfort with each other, in this brooding, sharply detailed study of incest from Norwegian director Anne Sewitsky.


Lamb (Ethiopia/France/Germany/Norway) – dir.Yared Zeleke

Living in a foster home after his mother’s death, a 9-year-old Ethiopian boy risks all to save his only friend — his mother’s pet lamb — in this touching semi-autobiographical drama from writer-director Yared Zeleke.


One Floor Below (Romania/France/Germany/Sweden) – dir. Radu Muntean

In this brilliantly executed slow-burn thriller from Romanian director Radu Muntean, a family man who witnessed the prelude to a murder determines to keep his mouth shut and mind his own business — until the possible killer turns up at his door one day and begins to ingratiate himself into the lives of his wife and son.


Rams (Iceland) – dir. Grímur Hákonarson

Winner of the Un Certain Regard prize at this year’s Cannes festival, Grímur Hákonarson’s stunningly shot drama focuses on two Icelandic sheep farmers whose decades-long feud comes to a head when disaster strikes their flocks.


Sparrows (Iceland) – dir. Rúnar Rúnarsson

In the new film from Icelandic director Rúnar Rúnarsson (Volcano), a teenage boy is forced to leave his happy life in Reykjavik and move back in with his dissolute father in a sparsely populated rural town — where a shocking event forces him to choose between telling the truth and protecting those he loves.


Girls Lost (Sweden) – dir. Alexandra-Therese Keining

Three outcast teenage girls get a new perspective on high-school life when they are mysteriously transformed into boys, in this skillfully crafted tale of sexual confusion with a supernatural twist.


Granny’s Dancing on the Table (Sweden) – dir. Hanna Sköld

A young girl living under the heel of her tyrannical religious zealot father in the depths of the Swedish forests finds strength in the memory of her rebellious grandmother, in the searing new feature from director Hanna Sköld.


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.