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Nordic films to screen at the Arras Film Festival

The Arras Film Festival has announced the line-up for their 2018 edition, and, as usual, the focus is almost entirely on European cinema.

Among the line-up we can find some Scandinavian films. Competing for the 2019 Golden Atlas, the top prize at the festival, is Finland’s The Eternal Road from director Antti Jussi Annila. The film is inspired by true events as it follows Jussi Ketola, who returns to Finland after the great depression struck the USA. Upon returning home, he finds the country is struggling with political unrest. One summer night of 1930, nationalist thugs violently abduct Ketola from his home. Beaten and forced to walk the Eternal Road towards a foreign Soviet Russia, where cruelty seems to know no end, his only dream is to return to his family cost it what it may. Hope dies last. The Eternal Road stars Tommi Korpela and Sidse Babett Knudsen.

The European Discoveries line-up includes Erik Poppe’s U-July 22 and Amanda Kernell’s Sami Blood, a film that has been screening at festivals since its premiere in Venice in September 2016. U-July 22 is the Norwegian film about the terrorist attack that occurred in Oslo in July 2011. An English-language film about the same event is about to be released on Netflix from director Paul Greengrass. Sami Blood is the story of a Sami girl in Sweden in the 1930s, a time when being Sami meant being heavily discriminated and pushed away from your culture and traditions. The line-up also includes the Un Certain Regard-winner Border from director Ali Abbasi. Border tells the story of a customs officer who has a sixth sense for smelling out people smugglers, and she begins to develop a strange attraction for the suspect she’s investigating.

The Arras Film Festival runs from the 2nd until the 11th of November in Arras, France.

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.