Nordic films screening at Filmfest München 2017

About the Festival

What? Filmfest München (Munich)

When? 22nd June – 1st July 2017

Where? Munich, Germany

Festival Link: https://www.filmfest-muenchen.de/en/


The ManMesteren

Directed by Charlotte Sieling

Starring Jakob Oftebro, Ane Dahl Torp, Søren Malling, Søren Pilmark, Sus Wilkins, Thomas Hwan

Screening in Spotlight

Simon, a midlife man in designer pyjamas, tinted lenses in his spectacles, is a world-famous artist. He is still in favour with the (younger) ladies and lives and works in an enormous studio in an old factory in Copenhagen, with lots of assistants who take the painting work off his hands. It’s a place where work and private life meet and mingle, even more so when his adult son, Casper, moves in with him. Father and son never knew each other. To the great disappointment of Simon, Casper is not only attractive but also an artist, and a talented one at that. Simon is suspicious. What are Casper’s intentions? Attention, paternal love or revenge? Charlotte Sieling skillfully augments a classic father-son drama with suspense and humorous commentary on today’s art world. Art offers a glimpse into the soul, but can also be a confrontational mirror. And to create great art, you have to make sacrifices.

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Directed by David Noel Bourke

Starring Mikkel Vadsholt, Brian Hjulmann, Siir Tilif

Screening in International Independents

A Nordic FALLING DOWN: Jens (Mikkel Vadsholdt) has accepted far too much for too long. Being the shy night-owl he is, he keeps to himself, but the world will not let him be. The new master baker’s quality starts slackening, and when a bunch of yobs one day smash the window of Jens’s car, he takes one of them out. Intoxicated by his own new unexpressed vigour, Jens comes out of his shell, but the destructive driving force leads him towards a free fall. A film that is as shocking with its vigilante story as it is captivating with its determination. Headed by Mikkel Vadsholdt (THE SUNFISH), who here manages to arouse our empathy in a role of a reserved man who has difficulty coping with the light of day.

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Tom of Finland

Directed by Dome Karukoski

Starring Lauri Tilkanen, Jessica Grabowsky, Pekka Strang

Screening in International Independents

Tom of Finland is a beautiful and thrilling true story about a Finnish artist Touko Laaksonen and his journey to international success. In the film, Touko returns home after serving his country in World War II. But post-war Finland is a bleak and moralistic place where homosexuality is illegal, so Touko has to be furtive about his sexual encounters. To amuse himself and his friends, Touko starts to draw muscular, free and proud gay men who are uninhibited. These drawings are forbidden and dangerous in Finland, so they must be kept secret. Even his sister Kaija doesn’t know what he’s drawing. During the day, Touko leads a regular life working in an advertisement agency. He then falls in love with a dancer, Veli Mäkinen. The drawings lead Touko to Berlin and from there to Los Angeles, where his friends help his art become a success. His works, signed with Touko’s artist name ‘Tom of Finland’, become widely popular and fan the flames of the gay movement. Tom of Finland’s art is timeless and world famous.

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Directed by Erlingur Thoroddsen

Starring Björn Stefánsson, Sigurður Þór Óskarsson, Guðmundur Ólafsson

Screening in International Dependents

Months after they broke up, Gunnar receives a strange phone call from his ex-boyfriend, Einar. He sounds distraught, like he’s about to do something terrible to himself. Gunnar drives up to the secluded cabin at the foot of a glacier where Einar is holed up and soon discovers that there’s more going on than he imagined. As the two men come to terms with their dead relationship, some other person seems to be lurking outside the cabin, wanting to get in.

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Directed by Meikeminne Clinckspoor

Starring Geert Van Rampelberg, Mikkel Gaup, Sara Sommerfeld, Daan Roofthooft

Screening in Kinderfilmfest

12-year-old Niilas lives in Belgium with his dad. He hasn’t seen his mother for a long time. Now, it’s time for him to go visit her and her new family in Northern Sweden. But the boy isn’t happy about it at all. Not even the herd of reindeer the family owns piques the city boy’s interest. When a reindeer calf goes missing, she recognizes how important the animals are to his little half-brother. He sets out in search of it.

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Room 213 / Rum 213

Directed by Emelie Lindblom

Screening in Kinderfilmfest

Summer vacation after 6th grade and Elvira, 12, is going to camp. She and her roommates Meja and Bea will stay in room 213 – where no one has lived for sixty years. Soon inexplicable events start to happen. A letter with ancient handwriting leads the girls to an old lady in a run-down house in the woods. The lady tells them a girl died at the camp sixty years ago. Ever since a red-haired girl in a white dress has been seen haunting the corridors at night.

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The Nile Hilton Incident

Directed by Tarik Saleh

Starring Fares Fares, Mari Malek, Mohamed Yousry, Yasser Ali Maher

Screening in Spotlight

Cairo, January 2011: The corpse of a singer is found in the eponymous Nile Hilton hotel. Police detective Noredin Mustafa delves into a world that makes moderately corrupt cops like himself look squeaky-clean: Apparently the victim entertained her male customers with more than her voice, producing a wealth of potential blackmail material against rich and powerful clients. Soon Mustafa is warned not to stick his nose in places where it doesn’t belong. As the thrill of revolution begins to spread in the capital, the dogged cop keeps hunting his only witness, a Sudanese maid who’s gone into hiding. The neo-noir thriller shot in Casablanca, Marrakesh and Erfurt won the Grand Prize in the World Cinema section at Sundance.

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A Hustler’s DiaryMåste gitt

Directed by Ivica Zubak

Starring Can Demirtas, Lena Endre, Shebly Niavarani, Madeleine Martin, Mahmut Suvakci

Screening in International Independents

“I can earn in three minutes what my mother earns in a month.” As a gangster, Metin has a financially secure but dangerous life with his widowed mother and little brother in Stockholm suburb Jordbro. His father told him what it takes to be a man: Father a child, plant a tree and write a book. When a well-known publisher gets their hands on Metin’s diary, his dream of literary fame could even come true. But what will Metin’s fellow gangsters say about his tell-all book? The tough con winds up in hot water, and shakes up the respectable publishing world with his hands-on charm.

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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.